George Caulkin has been speaking on the Pod on the Tyne podcast about Steve Bruce’s future at Newcastle United.
Newcastle United have new owners for the first time in 14 years after Mike Ashley finally handed over the keys to St. James’ Park on Thursday evening to PCP Capital Partners, with the firm being largely backed by PIF, who now own an 80% stake in the club.
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One of the things that may change is the manager, with Bruce likely to be sacked, according to Liam Kennedy. Meanwhile, despite rumours suggesting he’s been approached, someone that won’t be joining is Antonio Conte, according to The Sun.
Caulkin has now discussed what the future looks like for Bruce.
“We’re not talking about a situation where Antonio Conte is lined up, she [Staveley] did have a conversation with Steve Bruce yesterday, a very brief one introducing herself and that kind of thing.
“I mean, the way that they were phrasing it is, no decisions on anything, but our information is that he’s going sooner rather than later, and I would put money on sooner. My expectation is that Graeme Jones will be put in caretaker charge, but Steve Bruce is going sooner rather than later.”
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Bruce is now into his third season as manager at Newcastle, with the previous two seeing him guide the club to safety with games to spare, fulfilling his remit under Mike Ashley. But following an open letter to the fans from PIF chief Yasir Al-Rumayyan – who is now on the board at Newcastle – that stated fans can expect ambition, that doesn’t bode well for Bruce, who just wanted to keep the club ticking along.
The manager himself seemingly feels like it could be inevitable that he parts ways with the Magpies having done an interview with Luke Edwards in which he claimed that he won’t be bitter if the new owners decide to sack him.