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Steve Bruce sacking : The Times have discovered why the delay by new owners – Report

6 days ago

Six days on after the Newcastle United takeover and Steve Bruce still remains at St James Park.

For now.

Fair to say that most Newcastle fans expected the Newcastle United Head Coach to have been ‘let go’ by this point but that hasn’t proved to be the case.

On a visit to the training ground on Monday, part-owners Amanda Staveley and Mehrdad Ghodoussi were introduced to the players and then had a meeting with Steve Bruce, which reportedly lasted an hour.

In the reporting after the meeting, it was said that the meeting lasting for a relatively long period of time wasn’t in any way a sign that Steve Bruce was going to continue in the job, more a case of the new owners doing things properly, picking the head coach’s brain for info on the strengths and weaknesses of the playing squad, before then later announcing Bruce’s departure after showing him some ‘respect’ ahead of the sacking.

With no announcement forthcoming on Tuesday, it is understandable that many Newcastle fans are now worrying that Sunday’s dawning of a new era could be hampered by Steve Bruce still in the dugout, as well as when conducting media interviews before and after the Spurs match.

However, The Times have this morning reported that they have learnt the reason for the delay in sending Steve Bruce on his way.

The newspaper reports that conference calls have taken place discussing sacking Steve Bruce between those in the new ownership who are based in the UK and those in Riyadh (the headquarters of the Saudi Arabia PIF.

However, as things stand, certainly at this early stage (of their ownership), The Times say their sources have told them that all decisions must be approved by those in Riyadh, which in effect is Yasir al-Rumayyan, Newcastle United’s new non-executive chairman, as well as being governor of the Saudi PIF.

The Times saying that the new structure will see a Newcastle United football board, set to consist of Amanda Staveley, Mehrdad Ghodoussi, Jamie Reuben and potentially others, report to Yasir al-Rumayyan.

The newspaper reporting that it is now simply a case of Amanda Staveley and the other UK based ownership waiting for the ‘green light’ to sack Steve Bruce.

The Times adamant that this is only a temporary delay and that Graeme Jones is still fully expected to be in caretaker charge when Newcastle play Spurs, as NUFC look for a new manager to take the club at least through until the end of the season, preferably a longer-term appointment if the right man is available..

Also included in the report is news of a likely new addition to the Newcastle United management, this being as well as whoever gets the job as Bruce’s permanent replacement.

The Times say that Brian Marwood could be set to be appointed by Newcastle United, the 61 year old from Seaham is the managing director of global football at the Manchester City Football Group (currently they have 2,000 staff working across their eight clubs around the globe) and has worked for them since 2009.

The newspaper stating that Marwood could be set to ‘lead the process’ at Newcastle United with understandably he is sees as somebody with the relevant ‘vision and experience’ to help NUFC rebuild and become a major force.

It was always a no-brainer that a CEO / MD would be appointed to work with the new NUFC football board, running the club on a day to day basis alongside the likes of Amanda Staveley.

Newcastle fans had become used to the club being run on a ridiculous minimal skeleton staff basis, with Lee Charnley the only named executive at the club. That will change massively now, with a new CEO / MD (and Manager!) set to be only the start of a whole range of senior (and not so senior) staff being brought in to a properly run ambitious Premier League club.


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