Already surprisingly resigned to losing his position, Newcastle United head coach admits Newcastle’s new Saudi owners may sack him soon.
Following the completion of the club’s prolonged takeover by a Saudi-backed consortium (football today), Newcastle manager Bruce is at risk.
In fact, we just published the football news, on our sister site, that Newcastle, newly-laden with money, are already scouting. Indeed, they have Antonio Conte in sight as a target to become their next manager.
On Thursday, a consortium of investors met with Newcastle United. They were led by PCP Capital Partners, David and Simon Reuben, and the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia.
And together, this consortium of Saudi-run giants finalised the purchase of the Magpies from the now outgoing owner Mike Ashley.
Steve Bruce Admits Newcastle’s New Saudi Owners May Sack Him
Meanwhile, Steve Bruce, whom no one associated with the consortium approached until late Thursday, is well aware of his situation. He knows that his career is in jeopardy, but says he will accept whatever decision Newcastle make regarding his future.
“I want to continue, I’d like the chance to show the new owners what I can do, but you have to be realistic and they may well want a new manager to launch things for them,” the current Newcastle head coach told The Telegraph.
“New owners normally want a new manager. I’ve been around long enough to understand that.”
“That decision is not up to me,” Bruce continued, however. “I accept that and I will accept what comes my way. I have to wait to have those conversations with people when the time is right.”
When Newcastle hosts Spurs at St. James’ Park on Sunday, Bruce would have played his 1,000th match as a manager. But it now appears unlikely that he will be in charge by then.
“If I don’t make it to a 1,000 games against Spurs, you might say that could only happen to me, but I don’t think it would be cruel. It’s just football,” Bruce said, heartbreakingly, but at the same time, bracingly.
Bruce’s Rep with Newcastle Fans, and More
On the other hand, Newcastle United fans have increasingly turned against head coach Steve Bruce since his appointment in 2019.
They’ve blamed their club’s bad results and an unappealing style of play on him. This, despite the fact that he is a Geordie and a boyhood fan of the club.
And in spite of this toxic environment that has been building up around him, Bruce emphasized he holds no grudges.
He is, in fact, has maturely and kindheartedly looking forward to the club’s future, whether or not it’s with him. He has always been a conscientious coach, we think.
“This is not about me, I cannot stress that enough,” Bruce continued, in talks with The Telegraph. “I have said from the first-day news of this takeover came out in public, that if it is the best thing for the football club, if it takes this magnificent football club forward then I am all for it.
“I am not going to be bitter or angry about anything, whatever happens. Of course, there will be sadness if I lose my job, it’s the job I’ve wanted my whole life, certainly since I became a manager and as hard as it’s been, I have been enormously proud to be the manager of Newcastle United. That will never change.
“Do you know what? I’m not the most important talking point now. What happens to me, well, it’s not irrelevant, but this is about the football club and its future.”