For the first match of Newcastle United’s Saudi Arabian-led era, Steve Bruce is expected to remain in command.
Despite expectations that Bruce would be fired this week, he is set to supervise his 1,000th game as a club manager when Tottenham visit St James’ Park on Sunday. It’s very expected to be his final significant act at Newcastle before he’s fired, but the club’s owners have yet to find a replacement and have decided that a 60-year-old on the verge of a £7 million payoff deserves a decent send-off.
Newcastle’s manager was expected to be fired on Thursday, but the club announced at midday that Bruce would be hosting a virtual press conference on Friday.
When Amanda Staveley, the director in charge of day-to-day operations at Newcastle, paid a 90-minute visit to the training facility on Monday, she met Bruce for the first time.
His demeanor was said to have impressed Staveley and her husband, Mehrdad Ghodoussi, as he delivered his thoughts on a squad that is second bottom of the Premier League and has yet to win.
Although it is possible that a figure who is deeply unpopular with Newcastle fans will be an unwelcome guest at the party as a capacity 52,000-strong crowd celebrates the controversial £300 million takeover on Sunday, there is also a sense that Bruce, who has kept a limited squad in the Premier League for the past two seasons, will be able to end his tenure on a positive note.
source : Guardian sport