Steve Bruce has admitted Mike Ashley selling Newcastle United would be the best thing for everyone.
The Newcastle boss appeared on TalKSPORT on Monday morning, relishing in the aftermath of the win over Leicester on Friday night.
Bruce was hardly proved for his struggles this season, instead getting a big pat on the back from Simon Jordan, Jim White and Danny Murphy.
But amid the lauding of Bruce and the condemnation of anyone who dares question his ability, the Toon boss was asked to give his thoughts on last year’s failed takeover.
PCP Capital Partners had agreed a deal to buy the club last summer, only for PIF to walkaway in July after the Premier League’s Owners’ and Directors’ test stalled.
“The takeover – we were all disappointed and no more so than Mike,” Bruce said (10/5/21, 10,30am).
“We were selling to the Saudi people that would generate the income of the likes of Man City so what supporter wouldn’t like to see that?
“Until that happens I will do the best I possibly can for the club. It is no secret Mike wants to sell the club and for everybody that is the best thing.”
Would a takeover be the best thing for Bruce?
Considering Ashley now has two legal battles against the Premier League because of the failed takeover, Bruce is putting it mildly that the Toon owner was ‘disappointed’.
But it’s Bruce’s final comments on the takeover that are the most interesting.
Bruce clearly appreciates that the club can go further under different owners. However, would it be the best thing for everybody?
Last summer Newcastle were being linked with big name players ahead of the takeover. Of course, those rumours died off as the takeover stalled.
But as well as players, Newcastle were also being linked with big managers.
Surely those rumours would only resurface if a takeover was resurrected. And that would be bad news for Bruce.
We’ve seen this season that results aren’t an issue. As long as Bruce keeps Newcastle in the Premier League, his job is safe. It doesn’t matter how he does it.
The only threat to his job is a takeover. So Ashley selling the club would be the best thing for him, the club and the fans, but maybe not Steve Bruce.