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New Owners Pondering Multiple Avenues In New Manager Search – Report

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.

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107 comments so far

  • IrishRob

    Oct 14, 2021 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #1

    Back of the net!!

  • toonluvva

    Oct 14, 2021 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #2

    Neil said that Bruceless is not the long term answer, but let’s be honest if Bruceless is the answer you are asking the wrong question.

    I honestly believe that the consortium never expected a sudden capitulation of the takeover, and were caught off caught with a view to selecting a DoF and Coach.

    Better to take their time and appoint a good DoF / Coach than making a knee jerk reaction.

    Lots of bloggers have their own favourites for the roles, and this has increased the interest of the blog – long may it continue- I just hope we can appoint a good candidate in both positions

    Personally I would have sacked Bruceless and handed all team selection and tactics to Jones as an interim coach. If the perceived payoff is too high, put Bruceless on gardening leave and wait until there is three months left before his contract rolls over and then terminate his contract. I am sure this is standard practice in industry, but any blogger with legal expertise can put me straight on this. I won’t be offended if I am wrong.

    HWTL !!!!

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Oct 14, 2021 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #3

    Chubby Scythe,
    Oh the irony of Jib Jibberly calling those who dwell on social media saddo’s as he spends every waking hour looking through the window at this place 🙄

  • lesh

    Oct 14, 2021 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #4

    If the powers that be are looking at an interim manager/ head coach or whatever, the need to consider the players and their response to Bruce leaving. Whoever they bring in, a credible record of success is a must along with a strong yet reassuring personality that’ll control any dissent and motivate them.

    However, what is interim? Till January, end of the season, till when?

    I’ll say it again (and yes Mr Tuff, I know his record’s not exactly squeaky clean), I think Allardyce’s got what it takes to see us survive the season.

    As far as the Football365 (piece) that covered PIF and questions over bladdering Bruce, the key words are as follows:

    ‘The report states that ‘it is understood there has been some confusion within Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund as to why they would make a change in manager when they do not have a replacement lined up.’

    Note – ‘…..when they do not have a replacement lined up.’

    They’re not going to knee jerk and having Brucey in the dugout for Sunday’s not the end of the world. A win shouldn’t cloud any decision making – his record’s there for all to see.

    Whether he’s there or not, I expect the atmosphere to lift the.players and gain a win, maybe a close-run one, but a win.

    I hope

  • lesh

    Oct 14, 2021 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #5



    ‘…. as he spends every waking hour looking through the window at this place ?’

    I might add…. or even on it at times!

  • Spot The Zebra

    Oct 14, 2021 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #6

    Fonseca fits the bill as an attack minded technically astute Manager but i guess we will have to see who the new DOF wants.

  • Munster Mag

    Oct 14, 2021 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #7

    Pretty feeble denial of interest from Potter 🙂

  • Moonraker15

    Oct 14, 2021 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #8

    I see Yasir al-Rumayyan is actually playing golf in the Aramco sponsored ladies golf tournament in New York at the present time.
    I’m thinking he’s maybe too busy to make a decision on SB.
    If he’s coming to SJP on Sunday he needs t Sheik rattle and roll asap!
    Just saying!

  • Refectory Chubs

    Oct 14, 2021 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #9

    To those of you who are annoyed about Bruce potentially being in the dugout for Sunday, think of it like this. To put a positive spin on it – it shows the owners aren’t going to have a knee-jerk reaction and jump into things without a plan.

    Slow and steady wins the race. Actually that’s total b*ll*cks isn’t it? It usually who’s fastest. Stupid saying that.

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Oct 14, 2021 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #10

    People are saying the new owners are showing their class by not firing Bruce. I’d say it’s the opposite, it’s either naive or amateurish what’s happening right now. They’re allowing trusted journo’s and media outlets to say he will be sacked just a matter of when while he sits in place as manager, it’s no different to what the previous lot done to Mclaren as they courted Benitez. Either make a statement saying he’s in charge for Spurs or sack him. It’s no good for anyone him hanging around amid all this speculation.

  • Refectory Chubs

    Oct 14, 2021 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #11


    He reminds me of a certain orange skinned individual who constantly name called and belittled others, yet every criticism of his was a true reflection of his own failings.

    Plus he was so smart he managed to get himself banned from a football blog, so that pretty much tells you everything you need to know 🙂

  • Mund

    Oct 14, 2021 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #12


    They have only been in a week and things moved quickly. It doesn’t surprise me that there is no rush as they get feelers out there on who they can bring in. I really don’t think the consortium expected things to happen so fast.

    Yes we all want Bruce out and a lot of us are desperate for that news to drop but I do think they are doing things the right way with first and foremost that they get there feet under the table first and plan for the future. They will want to make the right decisions and not rush into it. If it was January this all happened I think he would of been gone by now.

    I do expect Spurs to be his last game tho.

  • Refectory Chubs

    Oct 14, 2021 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #13


    Imagine the backlash if ‘Big Sam’ was appointed. The majority of us, and even those outside the club looking in, are expecting someone with much more clout and a real big name who can attract top players and make a statement.

    We could have had Allardyce to replace Bruce with Ashley still here!

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 14, 2021 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #14

    When it comes to the cud chewing ability Sam is far superior to TFG so there’s one big plus for him!

  • coming home

    Oct 14, 2021 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #15

    Jeez this blog takes some catching up these days
    Haven’t enough hours in the day which is a good thing
    Raji surely the new owners know more than us (you’d Hope)
    Trust them and I’m sure we’ll be areet

  • tannerabag

    Oct 14, 2021 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #16

    We really needed a clean sweep before the Spurs game, with Ashley and Bruce both gone. Leaving Bruce in place is a mistake and a misunderstanding of the last few years. Bringing in someone like Allardyce on an “end of season” deal would also be mistake IMO. Better to let Graeme Jones run training etc until DoF (and other support staff?) appointed. Or else try to bring in Eddie Howe until the end of the season to see what he can do.

  • SholaShow

    Oct 14, 2021 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #17

    Stope getting yourselves into a tizz people.

    I truly believe he will disclose he is now effectively caretaker whilst the new board source their man to launch the project, after having a conversation with Amanda.

    It just makes sense. The central issue is clearly the lack of staff if Bruce and the Steves left immediately. We can all say they’re counterproductive to our goals because they’re so shite and we’d be better off without them, but the practical reality is we’d be very short on numbers to do the most basic stuff.

    At least wait until tomorrow to get all frustrated and upset, if he comes out and says he’s here and been told he’s got a chance to prove himself – that would be cause for concern, but I doubt that will be the case.

    We will get clarity tomorrow and I fully expect it will be words to the effect of him now essentially being a caretaker manager and Spurs being his probable final match.

  • Mund

    Oct 14, 2021 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #18

    Motorcade at SJP ready to collect the PIF reps from the airport Eyes #nufc


  • SholaShow

    Oct 14, 2021 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #19

    I imagine with Yasir around from tonight apparently, decisions will be made over the weekend regarding key personnel and things will start taking shape next week.

  • coming home

    Oct 14, 2021 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #20

    Yasir (his excellentcy) could do a four ball with me WorB and Shola(who is a member at my golf club)

  • IrishRob

    Oct 14, 2021 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #21

    It’s all good, just presumed it was by the name pal . Hahaha

  • TheTinman

    Oct 14, 2021 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #22

    #10 Jail I agree 100%.

    People are too scared to criticise the new shining knights because they’re loaded.

    I’m sure when they employee the right football people these things will be ran more smoothly. But right now, this is a cockk up, simple as.

    They’ll learn though, hopefully not the hard way with a relegation.

    Just because they’re new doesn’t mean they can’t be criticised.

    And for what it’s worth, this blog is probably the most understanding, all of my friends and family I’ve spoken to are shocked and angry Bruce is still here. But of course all thankful they took over and very optimistic for the future.

  • DubaiMicky

    Oct 14, 2021 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #23

    Unpopular post.

    Keeping Bruce and the other two Steve’s in their positions prior to the new team being secured is the right move. The consortium need a DoF in place before any decisions are made, we’re not even a quarter of the way through the season, best make the right decisions on personnel rather than kicking people out.

    It’s a marathon (or snickers), not a sprint.

  • Mund

    Oct 14, 2021 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #24


    We are agreeing again here! 😆

    Where is that bottle….? 😉

  • Lovem Hatem

    Oct 14, 2021 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #25

    If Rangnick has been ruled out. Then the two DoF’s left are Antero Henrique and Luis Campos (both Portuguese).

    Maybe Fonseca as manager with one of the two remaining DoF’s could be a good option and be an actual possibility.

    Fonseca is available and Henrique and Campos are available. Hopefully, as soon as a DOF is chosen, a manager will follow.

    Henrique was DOF when Fonseca was manager of Porto.

  • coming home

    Oct 14, 2021 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #26

    Don’t go slagging our new owners off ffs

    Keep the pie lad (FOR NOW) ok but not the 2 Steve’s they are useless

  • Mund

    Oct 14, 2021 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #27

    A week boys and girls a week!!

    If not rushing and taking there time in making the right decisions and the right appointments is the best way then so be it.

    There is no rush as we are sat in October and every decision from now and onwards has to be the right one.

  • The Ledge

    Oct 14, 2021 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #28

    I have been anti-Bruce since he took us over I think he is useless but I am not too bothered if the new owners need a bit of time to find the right manager.
    14 years of Ashley helps make you patient now if he is here in say January I will be screaming with anger.

  • Tyran21

    Oct 14, 2021 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #29

    Don’t these medias feels stupid about themselves? Linking players to Newcastle when DOF and Manager roles not even sorted out yet.

  • Lovem Hatem

    Oct 14, 2021 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #30

    Thinking about it, if you want to make a quick appointment, Fonseca as manager and one of Henrique and Campos as DoF would make sense.

  • lochinvar

    Oct 14, 2021 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #31

    Mund #19
    Motorcade at SJP ready to collect the PIF reps from the airport Eyes #nufc


    More likely Taxis for the Steves, Charnley and anyone else who needs to leave the busing.

  • Lovem Hatem

    Oct 14, 2021 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #32

    Actually, the appointments of Henrique or Campos as DoF and Fonseca as manager, I think would provide a really good approach for Nufc.

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Oct 14, 2021 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #33

    I’m not saying they shouldn’t take their time in finding a new manager, of course it’s going to take time while they find their feet. Like The Tinman says, it is a cocktail up and not very proffessional at all. They’ve allowed all this speculation, basically talking about him while he’s in the room. They should either back him or announce his departure, not that I care about his feelings but it’s a shite situation for everyone.

  • Steve Carney's Super Smirk

    Oct 14, 2021 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #34

    It’s too easy to get ahead of ourselves at the moment. One week into what’s being seen as the biggest football takeover so far and the speculation from the media, online ‘news’ outlets and pundits is in extreme overdrive.

    Which doesn’t help anyone.

    In fact some of the media speculation is downright disrespectful of the individuals they’re speculating about, as well as their current employers. It’s the problem with voids, someone or something always wants to fill it.

    Ashley has gone. Bruce is very unlikely to be the future and we have been assured there’s a plan that involves reinvigorating pretty much everything. Our worst enemy right now isn’t Bruce but our own desperation for change.

    It’s coming. I know it is because a Magpie chased off my cat this morning and made her hide indoors until it finally flew away – that kind of shits an Omen, right?

  • DubaiMicky

    Oct 14, 2021 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #35

    Another unpopular post.

    I also think that Amanda is way out of her depth hence she needs proper experienced people around her to stop her taking a fall, that’s the other reason Bruce is still on board.

    Once she gets the DoF etc. and a few others then I think she’ll get more day to day control but will still need to get clearance from PIF for the big decisions which is why she’ll have a proper board).

    I think that’s also the reason we’ll see our old friend charmless for the next 6 months (except we won’t see much of him – not that we ever did), she needs his experience, as she doesn’t have it.

    It’s a huge learning curve for her, and her last chance of really making a name for herself, makeno mistakes, bosses, no matter how rich they are, need to be guided too.

  • Mund

    Oct 14, 2021 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #36


    It’s always easy for us fans to speak openly on the outside but it’s not that easy on the inside. These are excellent business people and they know what they are doing. They don’t need to rush as we are in October.

    I agree I would love to see the news that he was gone but I’m not getting my knickers in a twist that he hasn’t.

    The future is bright.

  • Mund

    Oct 14, 2021 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #37


    A second pic with the three of them getting marched in would be a welcome sight

  • Mund

    Oct 14, 2021 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #38

    😆 brilliant

    Michael Benson
    Chris Eubank Jr asked by a Geordie fan to sign his actual microwave ahead of his fight in Newcastle this weekend…


  • Mund

    Oct 14, 2021 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #39

    Newcastle United FC
    Black circle ??? ??? White circle

    Ahead of #NEWTOT this weekend, NUFC TV caught up with former Magpie Les Ferdinand to discuss the match, the takeover and his memories of his time at St. James’ Park.


  • Steve Carney's Super Smirk

    Oct 14, 2021 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #40

    DubaiMickey @37

    Good points. She’s an experienced and successful business person but football knowledge, like Ashley, is scant. She’s just smart enough to know it and get the proper help on board.


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