Steve Bruce will face the press tomorrow afternoon ahead of our match against Spurs on Sunday. Despite speculation he would be relieved of his duties by now, the 60-year-old looks set to manage his 1000th match in just a few days.
Reports over the past few days have indicated that the Saudis are reluctant to remove Bruce without a replacement identified. Amanda Staveley and Jamie Reuben were thought to be considering appointing Graeme Jones as the caretaker while the hunt for a new manager progresses.
The Telegraph is reporting that the consortium could appoint an experienced interim manager until a long-term solution is found. The report didn’t name any candidates for the interim role but has identified former Roma manager Paulo Fonseca as a leading candidate for a permanent appointment.
Fonseca (pictured above) was linked as a potential candidate over the weekend. The 48-year-old already has plenty of experience managing nine different clubs in 10 spells. He excelled at Shakhtar Donetsk which landed him the Roma position in 2019. He left Roma this past May and was close to joining Tottenham this summer before that move collapsed.
On Wednesday, reports ruled Leicester City’s Brendan Rodgers out of the running. He is reportedly keen on the Manchester City post once Pep Guardiola moves on. Earlier in the day, he was named as our number one target which was quickly refuted by The Telegraph’s Leicester correspondent John Percy.
Today, we have another Premier League manager push back claims that he is in the running. Brighton’s Graham Potter, while not exactly denying he would be interested, has called reports linking him to Newcastle as ‘false headlines’.
The Northern Echo has published the following comments from Potter:
“All it is is opinion. We live in a 24-hour news world. They have to fill it with something.
“A lot of it is not true. It’s just what it is.
“I feel a little bit for the supporters because they have to read speculation or they have to read false headlines that aren’t correct.
“But I think most people understand that’s just the world we’re in.
“It was probably less than a year ago that there was a lot of the opposite noise around whether you’re doing a good job, or whether it’s time to move on for me, that type of stuff.
“With football, it can change quickly and I don’t pay too much attention to the noise from the outside.
“I don’t trust the positive noise that much and I don’t get too carried away if it’s negative.
“Like I said, this time last year – probably even less – I’m answering questions about whether I have the support of the board.”
The one thing that appears to be clear is that the new board wants to be ultra-certain they are making the right moves to start their tenure. They have decided to retain Bruce at least for the Spurs match and maybe beyond depending on the result.
However, they are also considering an experienced manager to come in while the search for Bruce’s permanent replacement gets underway. The wheels are moving slowly at the moment but at least they are heading in the right direction.