We’ve had pundits, journalists and fans. And now Newcastle manager Steve Bruce has had his say on a potential takeover at St James’ Park.
Yes, the Toon boss has broken his silence on the speculation, which would be a strange thing to do if he didn’t know what was going on behind the scenes.
But with the Newcastle players returning to training ahead of ‘project restart’, Bruce appeared on Sky Sports News.
And when asked about the takeover, he said: “If it’s good for Newcastle, and the club are going to try to compete with these teams, to be part of it would be great.
“I would love to see it, and I’d love to be part of it.
“I hope it’s where it goes, but in the meantime I’ll just crack on, wait, roll my sleeves up and get on with trying to get some results to try and get the club going forward.”
Reading between the lines, why would Bruce say anything on a possible takeover if he wasn’t sure of it happening?
What does the future hold for Bruce?
The manager’s words seem promising, and obviously he’s keen to be part of this new era at St James’ Park.
However, it seems unlikely. With all due respect to Bruce, it’s hard to see the new ambitious owners wanting him in charge, potentially guiding Newcastle towards the Champions League.
Bruce has done a decent job. He’s proved a lot of doubters wrong and earned the respect of most fans.
He’s guided the club through a difficult period following Rafa Benitez’s departure, and for that we should thank him.
But whenever the next Premier League season kicks off, there’ll likely be a new man calling the shots at Newcastle.
Bruce will go back to just being a fan of the Magpies, knowing he played his part in kick-starting this exciting new era.