Newcastle manager Steve Bruce is concerned about losing his position following the completion of the club’s prolonged takeover by a Saudi-backed consortium. Bruce is well aware that his career is in jeopardy but he is prepared to accept the decision made regarding his future.
As per our football news, on Thursday, a consortium of investors led by PCP Capital Partners, David, and Simon Reuben, and the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia finalized the purchase of the Magpies from outgoing owner Mike Ashley. Until late Thursday, Bruce was not approached by anyone associated with the consortium.
“I want to continue, I’d like the chance to show the new owners what I can do, but you have to be realistic and they may well want a new manager to launch things for them,” he told The Telegraph. “New owners normally want a new manager. I’ve been around long enough to understand that. That decision is not up to me. I accept that and I will accept what comes my way. I have to wait to have those conversations with people when the time is right.”
Bruce was expected to take command of his 1,000th match as a manager when Newcastle hosts Spurs at St. James’ Park a week on Sunday, but it now appears unlikely that he will be in charge. “If I don’t make it to a 1,000 games against Spurs, you might say that could only happen to me, but I don’t think it would be cruel. It’s just football.”
Since his appointment in 2019 Newcastle fans have increasingly turned against Bruce. Despite the fact that he is a Geordie and a boyhood fan of the club, supporters blame him for bad results and an unappealing style of play. Despite the toxic environment that has been built around him, Bruce emphasized that he holds no grudges and is looking forward to the club’s future, whether or not he was engaged.
“This is not about me, I cannot stress that enough,” he continued. “I have said from the first-day news of this takeover came out in public, that if it is the best thing for the football club, if it takes this magnificent football club forward then I am all for it.
“I am not going to be bitter or angry about anything, whatever happens. Of course, there will be sadness if I lose my job, it’s the job I’ve wanted my whole life, certainly since I became a manager and as hard as it’s been, I have been enormously proud to be the manager of Newcastle United. That will never change. Do you know what? I’m not the most important talking point now. What happens to me, well, it’s not irrelevant, but this is about the football club and its future.”
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