It had been expected once Newcastle got taken over that Steve Bruce would swiftly depart.

That has not yet proved to be the case and he could well be in the dugout against Tottenham on Sunday.

Luke Edwards and Lee Ryder have tweeted that Bruce will face the media ahead of the game.

That is apparently the clearest indication yet that Bruce will be in charge against Spurs.

If Bruce is in the dugout, it would be the 1000th game of his managerial career.

There will be a raucous atmosphere at St James’ Park to mark the beginning of a new era.


There would perhaps be even more delirium if Bruce had been replaced, but that does not look likely to be the case.

It has been reported that PIF do not see the logic of sacking Bruce without a replacement lined up.

The takeover has been finalised so quickly that they were perhaps not expecting to be in a position to choose a new manager right now.

They want to get the process right, which makes sense, but it is still frustrating that Bruce looks set to be in charge of the first match of the new dawn.

A potential solution would be putting Graeme Jones in caretaker charge while a new boss is appointed, but it does not look like Newcastle are going down that route at present.

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