It’s quite the shock to see that Steve Bruce hasn’t been sacked as Newcastle manager yet.
Since the takeover went through last week, it’s felt like the 60-year-old is on borrowed time.
There have been multiple reports about his imminent departure, with Graeme Jones rumoured to be taking charge of the side against Tottenham.
However, that decision still hasn’t been made. As it stands, Bruce will be calling the shots for the first game of this exciting new era at Newcastle United.
According to the Telegraph, PIF are confused as to why they would remove Bruce without a replacement being lined up.
While that thought process might make sense, this isn’t an ordinary situation.
Steve Bruce must go in the next 24 hours
The clock is ticking for the new owners to make a decision. According to the Telegraph, it is PIF who will have the final say.
Within the next 24 hours, Bruce needs to be removed. Today is the perfect opportunity to make that change, with the players enjoying a day off.
Preparations for the Tottenham game have already been disrupted by the uncertainty surrounding Bruce. He should have gone earlier in the week, but it is understandable why the owners have held off.
They’re still getting to grips with the club – this takeover approval came out of the blue.
But they will know what has been going on at Newcastle this season and last. They will know how poor Bruce has performed, and how much the fans have turned on him.
People may talk about doing the right thing and giving Bruce a chance, but history dictates that he doesn’t deserve one. Any other club would have sacked him for the way he’s performed at St James’ Park.
The football has been awful. It is neither attacking nor defensive. The club haven’t progressed at all during his tenure. Comparisons to Rafa Benitez are embarrassing, and prove how narrowminded some in the media are.
If the takeover hadn’t happened, St James’ Park would be poisonous once again on Sunday. That’s the impact Bruce is having at the club.
He’s totally outstayed his welcome. And it’s not because of fan unrest or the local media putting him under pressure – it’s because he’s simply not good enough. His record speaks for itself. No wins all season. Seven wins from his last 37 games.
Sunday will be an incredible day. It’s a sell out, and the atmosphere should be the best its been for a long time.
On top of that, calls for him to ‘get a chance’ will only increase if he gets a win against Spurs.
Bruce has had his chance at Newcastle. He was even backed financially at times by Ashley.
His time is up. PIF have been in charge for a week now, and need to make their first major decision today. Steve Bruce must go.