Steve Bruce is still the Newcastle United manager.
When the takeover went through last week, it seemed like only a matter of time before Bruce was relieved of his duties.
While he was doing a good enough job for Mike Ashley, this is a new era for the club where the key word is ‘ambition’.
We’ve seen multiple names linked with the Newcastle job, while there have been plenty of claims about when Bruce’s future will be decided.
But here we are on Thursday, and the 60-year-old is still in charge of what is now one of the richest clubs in the world.
If he doesn’t leave, Bruce will take charge of his 1000th game as manager against Tottenham on Sunday. Some pundits think he should be allowed to stay just so he can reach that milestone. Supporters disagree.
Ultimately, the decision will rest with Yasir Al-Rumayyan, the new Newcastle chairman.
Could PIF keep Bruce at Newcastle for now?
According to the Telegraph, PIF are confused as to why they would relieve Bruce of his duties without having a replacement lined up. It was previously reported that Graeme Jones would become caretaker boss.
If things weren’t so toxic between Bruce and the fans, PIF’s views would be understandable.
But the longer we keep Bruce, the more damaging it could be for the club.
His side have had a rotten start to the season, sitting 19th in the Premier League without a win in all competitions.
The Telegraph have also stated that the mood inside the Newcastle camp has dipped amid the uncertainty over Bruce’s future.
That’s why a decision needs to be made, and he needs to be moved on.
The new owners haven’t got time to be sentimental here. Bruce wouldn’t be in the job right now had his previous boss been anyone other than Mike Ashley.
Sunday is set to be an incredible day at St James’ Park. It will be the first game of an exciting new era where fans can hope and dream once again.
That new era needs to start without Bruce patrolling the touchline, otherwise there will still be lingering negativity among supporters inside St James’ Park.