The Newcastle United takeover looks like it will cost Steve Bruce his job.
Under Mike Ashley he was safe, despite sitting 19th in the Premier League with just three points from seven games.
However, Ashley no longer owns the club, selling it to Amanda Staveley’s Saudi-backed consortium last week.
Since then there have been rumours about Bruce losing his job, with reports stating he won’t be in charge when Newcastle face Tottenham on Sunday. However, as it stands he is still Newcastle manager.
Staveley and her husband Mehrdad Ghodoussi met with Bruce on Monday, as they watched the players train. And rather than inform him that he’ll be leaving, the Telegraph report that Bruce was thanked by the new owners.
What Staveley reportedly thanked Bruce for following Newcastle takeover
According to the Telegraph, Staveley and Ghodoussi thanked Bruce for his role in helping the Newcastle takeover go through by keeping the club in the Premier League.
That would suggest that this deal wouldn’t have happened if the Magpies were in the Championship.
While the football has been rotten, Bruce has certainly done his job if his only objective was to keep Newcastle in the top flight. Clearly he likes a challenge though, making it particularly hard for himself.
Things have been even more difficult this season, with Newcastle yet to win a single game.
But Bruce has kept the club ‘ticking along’ in his words, which was enough for PIF and co to complete a £305million takeover.
However, the time for ‘ticking along’ is over. While Ashley was happy with survival, the new owners have much loftier ambitions.
While Staveley might be grateful that Bruce kept Newcastle in the Premier League, it is still time for him to leave.