To the shock of pretty much everyone associated with Newcastle United, Steve Bruce is still manager.

The Magpies lost again on Sunday, despite being spurred on by an incredible atmosphere inside St James’ Park.

The crowd lifted the players to begin with, but normality quickly resumed as energy levels from the players dropped.

When Eric Dier gave Newcastle a late lifeline with an own goal, the players never even came close to capitalising.

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The day started with celebrations and renewed hope, but it ended with sadness and frustration that has became a permanent fixture during Bruce’s tenure.

There were chants of ‘you’re getting sacked in the morning’. But that didn’t happen. Nor did it happen on Tuesday. It’s now Wednesday, and there is still no news of a change of manager.

Now the Northern Echo have given an update on why proceedings are taking so long.

No chain of command yet at Newcastle?

According to the Northern Echo, the new Newcastle owners are yet to determine a chain of command. They add that all key decisions must be signed off by PIF, which has previously been reported.

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That is what is reportedly slowing down a potential change of manager, while the challenge of appointing a sporting director is also causing an issue.


Reports like this are somewhat worrying. Surely things like a chain of command should already have been decided during the process of the deal.

But it also highlights the rapid nature that this takeover was completed. Nothing was in place. The new owners have came in somewhat blind, and have been presented with a plethora of problems overnight.

Had the takeover gone through during the summer, time wouldn’t be as much of an issue. But with Newcastle struggling near the bottom of the table, there is a real desire from Toon fans to see a change of manager.

The longer it takes them, the more frustrated fans will become.

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It was reported last week that there is chaos at Newcastle, but the same thing happened when Manchester City were taken over.

Hopefully the decision making process will become a lot more streamlined when the right footballing people are appointed behind the scenes.

But for now, the fact that Bruce still hasn’t been relieved of his duties is very worrying going into Saturday’s game against Crystal Palace.

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