Steve Bruce departure imminent after new owners thank him for keeping Newcastle up
Steve Bruce met the new Newcastle United owners for the first time on Monday.
Amanda Staveley, Mehrdad Ghodoussi and other associates going to the training ground, where they also spoke to the players.
However, all eyes / ears are on the new owners meeting with Steve Bruce and what the end result of this meeting was.
Luke Edwards of The Telegraph is a close friend of the Newcastle United Head Coach and has also regularly been used as a trusted media ally to convey public messages from Steve Bruce.
Following Monday’s meeting, the man from The Telegraph has relayed (see below) what happened at the training ground meeting between Steve Bruce and the new owners, saying that it lasted around an hour.
Edwards making the point that usually if such a meeting is purely to sack the manager, they would be more likely to last ’90 seconds’ than an hour.
Though that isn’t to say Steve Bruce is staying, as actually Luke Edwards makes clear he thinks (knows?) that the Head Coach will be leaving very shortly, with news / confirmation expected either Tuesday or Wednesday at the latest.
It is interesting / amusing that the Telegraph journalist wants to try and make out as though he has heard about what happened from some anonymous character, whereas in reality he is really making quite clear that Steve Bruce has told him directly what was said.
I say that because I don’t think there is seriously anybody who believes that it is from the new owners that Luke Edwards has got his information, so that pretty much leaves only one man. Plus of course why would Luke be looking elsewhere for a source, when he can go straight to his mate who was in the meeting!
I think so far the new owners have handled themselves very well since everything came together on Thursday and done things very professionally.
Whilst as fans we might emotionally want to give Steve Bruce a hard time, it is a no-brainer for the new owners to pick the head coach’s brain and get his evaluation of what they are inheriting in terms of playing squad, to treat him with respect (even though that may grate with many supporters).
Then in the next day or two announce his departure and do the usual thing of thanking Bruce for his time at the club and wishing him well etc etc.
As Newcastle fans, all that we want now really, is for thing to be done the right way, new owners are in place and now a case of wanting a quality manager to replace Steve Bruce ASAP, other key appointments to be made for the football and business sides, then we get to player recruitment when the transfer window comes around.
A new approach is needed as quickly as possible when it comes to what happens on both the training ground and then on a matchday, whatever happens, Steve Bruce simply has to be gone before Sunday’s match, indeed before the pre-match press conference and associated media duties. The fanbase overwhelmingly have no belief in Steve Bruce’s ability to do the job and regardless of that, there is such a a wide gulf between Head Coach and the NUFC supporters, it could never have been made good.
Luke Edwards of The Telegraph talking to BBC 5 Live Sport – 11 October 2021:
“I think it’s fascinating because the meeting lasted for about an hour, which is a very very long time for a meeting if you are going to sack a manager, they would normally last about probably 90 seconds, generally.
“So I think a lot has been spoken about and I think what this probably tells us, is that Steve Bruce is not going with bitterness.
“I think he has probably had a chat with the new owners.
“I think they wanted to pick his brain, I think they have asked him questions, I think he has given an evaluation of the squad.
“And I think that shows that actually, they are probably going to part on fairly good terms.
“I do, I will hasten to add, I do think Steve Bruce, I think he is going to go before the Tottenham game.
“I think this meeting was polite and I think it was the right thing for the new owners to do.
“And I hope actually they thanked him.
“My understanding is they may well have thanked him today for keeping the club in the Premier League, so that this takeover could happen.
“I think we will find out in the next 24 to 48 hours Steve Bruce’s future and I wouldn’t expect him to be in the dugout against Tottenham.
“But I think it has been done the right way and they are showing him a little bit of respect, which I think he deserves.”
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