Earlier this morning, Keith Downie provided some insight as to why a decision on Steve Bruce’s future was seemingly ‘dragging on.’ Part of his explanation revolved around a chaotic first week for the new owners.
The takeover happened abruptly on Thursday after being shrouded in uncertainty for over a year. So the plans the consortium had made 18 months ago had to be altered. One obvious example is Rafa Benitez joining Everton over the summer.
The Spaniard would have been the top choice to lead Newcastle’s revolution in a second stint with the club. However, Benitez is an honorable man and won’t break his contract with Everton even if he would love another chance at St. James’ Park.
Luke Edwards with the Telegraph has also touched on the frantic start for our new owners. He tweeted the following earlier this morning which stresses the suddenness of the takeover’s completion.
Been encouraged by lots of things I’ve been told. I get impression they are learning on their feet. They need to be very careful who they listen to and be wary of advice and ask why it’s being given. It was like this in first few months at Man City. Appointment DOF and CEO vital
— Luke Edwards (@LukeEdwardsTele) October 13, 2021
Edwards also reveals that the makeup of the new board means there are a lot of competing voices and opinions. They are also being inundated with advice from outside the club. So things are very overwhelming at the moment.
However, that is to be expected and as Edwards notes, was also the case at Manchester City. Our new owners are coming to grips with the situation and hould soon be able to reveal more of their plans for the future as well as the interim
George Caulkin also alluded to the new owners playing catchup in a recent mailbag in The Athletic. He stated that Lee Charnley will be retained for longer than anticipated to help with the transition.
Caulkin also referenced the make-up of the board. He revealed that a source told him decision making, at least initially, could be a ‘long and arduous process’. He added this is due to the complex dynamics between the three-pronged ownership group writing:
There are also three spokes to Newcastle’s ownership. That means there are three sets of opinions, if not more, and three sets of people receiving information or messages from contacts, from agents, from total strangers.
While it seems to be ‘dragging on’ from the outside, at least in regards to Bruce’s position, there is a lot happening behind the scenes to get Newcastle’s rebuild underway.