Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce has urged the Premier League to make a final decision on the proposed takeover in the northeast soon as he spoke out ahead of his team’s FA Cup quarter-final tie at home against Manchester City at St. James’ Park yesterday, as per the Daily Mirror.
The Magpies eventually lost 2-0 to Pep Guardiola’s side having conceded to a Kevin De Bruyne penalty in the first half before Raheem Sterling sealed the win. Manchester City now face a semi-final against Arsenal at Wembley after they knocked out Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United 2-1 at Bramall Lane thanks to a Nicolas Pepe penalty and an injury-time winner from Dani Ceballos after David McGoldrick had equalised late on.
However, Bruce’s mind did not seem entirely focused on his team’s match as he answered questions based on the prospective takeover from Amanda Staveley’s Saudi Arabian-led group:
“Like all of us we are still waiting.
“I think all of us feel this decision has to be made. It just seems to have become tedious.
“It’s been going to be this week, it’s going to be due in days, it’s going to be in 48 hours.
“We need the people who are making the decisions to make that decision. We need them to make it. And be quick about it.”
Indeed, the Englishman’s own future could also be in some doubt if the would-be owners take over from Mike Ashley, as he is technically not their appointment and so the buying side may wish to find a new manager to lead a potentially new-look team with all of the money that they may have available to spend in the upcoming summer transfer window.
Should Bruce be Newcastle manager after the takeover?
However, whilst his side are now out of the FA Cup, Bruce can now focus on making doubly sure that the Magpies are safe from relegation from the Premier League, although that job seems to be all but done.
Geordies, what did you make of Bruce’s views on the takeover bid? Comment below with your thoughts!
Click here to comment on this articleor
Give us feedback on your Football Transfer Tavern experience