Newcastle United’s new takeover has sprung up doubts over Steve Bruce’s career, with the manager in line to be sacked by the weekend.
Steve Bruce’s impending Newcastle departure has reportedly caused an ‘awkward’ atmosphere within the squad as they continue to train without knowing who will be leading the team for the remainder of the campaign.
A consortium led by Amanda Staveley has made Newcastle the richest side in the world at a reported £140billion – prompting rumours galore about Newcastle’s immediate and long-term future.
Players such as Jude Bellingham, Declan Rice and even Erling Haaland have been linked with the Magpies as they look to create a superteam in the coming years, although these transfer probably won’t be viable for a while.
James Tarkowski, Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial have all been linked with moves to the north east in January under the new look owners, with the reported £190million transfer kitty available to help them in the winter topping everybody else’s budgets by some way.
But the main problem lies in the manager – and the consortium apparently wants Bruce to leave.
Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has been touted as the bookies favourite to take the job at St James’ Park given their newfound riches, meaning he could pave his own way to success.
Others such as Antonio Conte and Roberto Martinez have been linked, but someone with proven Premier League experience – be it at either end of the league – would be ideal, and Rodgers fits all the boxes.
Bruce is expected to leave by the end of the week with assistant manager Graeme Jones coming in to man the ship whilst a replacement is sorted.
But with Magpies’ chiefs not yet doing so – with just four days to go until the game – there is an element of uncertainty around the training ground.
And according to the Mirror, this is causing an ‘awkward atmosphere’ that the owners will want to rid of straight away.
The Mirror says that fans are pressuring the consortium to sack Bruce so that there is no souring of atmosphere in the home game against Tottenham on Sunday.
Yet with advisors telling Bruce to go as early as today, there have been amicable talks with the 60-year-old and no move to fire him has been made as of yet.
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