Steve Bruce has stated that he intends to stay on as manager following Newcastle United’s ownership. Bruce was anticipated to lose his position this week after the buyout orchestrated by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund. According to sources close to the new ownership, Bruce and managing director Lee Charnley were not in the long-term plans, which also includes PCP Capital Partners and the Reuben brothers.
Although negotiations for a new manager are ongoing, Newcastle stated on Friday that Bruce would remain in charge for their Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur, which will be his 1,000th game as a manager, but the manager emphasized he wants to add to that total with the Magpies.
“I met the new owners last Monday and I was told to carry on, I didn’t need any statement to tell me that,” Bruce explained at his weekly news conference. “They are very good people, we talked about the team, stadium and lots of things but not about my future. No discussions on me whatsoever. Certain discussions need to be private. It was very informal.”
“They said to carry on as best as you can, and that is what I am doing. I did consider my future last summer, but after finishing 12th I decided to carry on, this is still a great job.” Bruce refuted claims that he is simply staying to receive a full compensation package from the club. “This is not about money, not at all, I just want to be Newcastle manager.”
Despite the plans already being in place to replace him, Bruce confirmed that he has not given up hope of remaining in charge. “Of course I want to stay, who wouldn’t?” he continued. “I am not giving up hope. This situation [the takeover] is a great thing that has happened, it is a great thing for the city. I have seen what has happened in Manchester.”
Finally, Bruce used the opportunity to retaliate against the journalists in attendance, claiming that they should be in hot water due to “false information.” “I’ve tried to keep my respect and dignity, which has served me well over the last 20 years,” he said. “That will remain, it has been difficult, of course. I hope you guys are getting a slap from your bosses to say that you haven’t done your job. Whomever your source was, whoever’s feeding you, didn’t get it right. I hope you are feeling a bit of heat.”
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