BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson has given his predictions for this weekend’s Premier League matches. He has Newcastle remaining winless with a 1-1 draw at home against Tottenham.
Lawrenson spends most of his prediction expressing sympathy for Steve Bruce:
I keep reading about who the next Newcastle manager is going to be, so I feel sorry for Magpies boss Steve Bruce because no one has come out and said what is happening to him.
Whatever the decision is on his future, just tell him and make it public – don’t just leave him dangling. It’s not an ideal situation for him or his players.
Tottenham found a bit of form against Aston Villa in their last game, but they are still far from convincing and I don’t think they will be able to spoil the party for the Newcastle fans in the stands.
Lawro is not expecting the new era to start with a bang results-wise. However, the atmosphere is going to be electric at St. James’ Park on Sunday as this club has been transformed with the takeover.
It was just confirmed earlier today that Bruce is set to face the media for Friday’s press conference. That seems to indicate he will be on the touchline for Spurs. It’ll be his 1,000th match as a manager so hopefully, he can mark it with a win.
Bruce is obviously not the long-term answer but could be seen as a safe pair of hands while our new owners find their feet. The search for his replacement will go on but maybe not at the pace that some fans would have hoped.
That won’t spoil the grand occasion on Sunday when the new era kicks off against Spurs, who ended a three-match losing streak in the league with a win against Villa before the break.
Newcastle, of course, have dug themselves quite the hole to start this season. We’ve struggled at times at both ends of the pitch and haven’t put in a complete performance.
Injuries have again played their part and we’ll find out from Bruce tomorrow the status of Callum Wilson, Jamaal Lascelles, Jonjo Shelvey, and Martin Dubravka. They’ve all returned to training and would provide a massive boost if they are available on Sunday.