The prospective takeover of Newcastle United will see staff across the board facing the axe, Noel Whelan has claimed to Football Insider.
Forbes have since claimed that the takeover deal is all but complete, with the Chronicle stating that talks have taken place between the would-be owners and Newcastle City Council.
However, a more recent report from The Guardian has put the proposed deal with the Tyneside club in serious doubt as the World Trade Organization (WTO) has ruled that the pirate television channel beoutQ is Saudi, which includes a streaming service that offers illegal access to sporting events such as games in the Premier League.
Nevertheless, with much talk of what is going to happen on the pitch and in the dugout under new ownership, Whelan has warned that there will be major changes behind the scenes as well, providing that the bid is indeed approved by the top flight first of course.
The former Leeds United and Middlesbrough striker told Football Insider:
“Everyone’s under pressure, everyone’s going to be looked upon and questioned. New manager coming in, new owners coming in.
“New owners sometimes say who they want to keep. It’s a complete overhaul that’s going to happen at Newcastle United. Nobody, even in the backroom staff, even way up, you’re talking CEOs and people on the board.
“No one is safe because there’s going to be a complete overhaul of that football club. People are going to be making completely different decisions and they’ll be looking at the quality and who to bring in.
They’re looking at a different quality now. This new consortium will not be worried about ruffling feathers. There’s a little bit of uncertainty for everyone at Newcastle but a lot of excitement also.”
Indeed, Steve Bruce’s job may be under threat as Whelan suggests, despite the 59-year old leading the Magpies to 13th place on 35 points in England’s highest division so far this season, eight above the relegation zone with nine matches still left to play if the campaign resumes, as per the BBC.
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However, he is not the new owner’s man, and Whelan thinks that Bruce may be one of many to depart the Toon should the takeover happen.
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