Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce has broken his silence over the proposed takeover in the northeast after speaking in his first press conference ahead of a match after the global coronavirus crisis.
Should Bruce be Newcastle coach after the takeover?
Ahead of his team’s home game against Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United at St James’ Park tomorrow, the Englishman said in his press conference (via Chronicle Live) that “there’s something rumbling along” with reference to the prospective £300m deal between Mike Ashley and Amanda Staveley’s Saudi Arabian-led group.
This is what else Bruce had to say ahead of his team’s big fixture in the Premier League:
“I’ve had no conversations with anybody.
“That’s fine by me. Whatever’s best for the club, for me, is the most important thing.
“Let’s try and move the club forward, let’s stabilise the place. So far, we’ve done OK.
“Any distraction at boardroom level creates a little bit of uncertainty.
“People are becoming a little bit used to it.
“I can’t influence what’s happening above.
“The only thing I can focus on is making that the preparation of the players is in place.
“We can’t influence anything that happens above us at boardroom level.”
Indeed, the 59-year old may fear that his own future is in doubt at the Magpies if the would-be owners decide to bring in a shiny new name to take control of the team ahead of the new season. Bruce is not technically the choice of the buying side given that he was appointed before they stamped any real influence, and is also part of the old Ashley regime.
However, the former Manchester United defender seemed to brush all of the questions about the bid aside as he looks to get his players focused on trying to get three points. Bruce will likely be hoping that he stays as manager of the club that he supported as a boy, and may potentially be excited at the possible prospect of managing some big names on the pitch.
However, it ultimately won’t be his decision as it may come down to Staveley’s consortium as to whether he carries on as coach providing that their takeover gains approval from the Premier League.
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