Newcastle takeover: Steve Bruce nears exit, Amanda Staveley meets manager and squad | Football news
Amanda Staveley met Steve Bruce and the Newcastle United squad for the first time on Monday, with Bruce due to be relieved of his duties this week ahead of the Super Sunday game against Tottenham at St James’ Park.
She had planned to meet Bruce and the players last Friday after closing the club’s buyout by PCP Capital Partners, but the manager and players were absent due to the international break training schedule.
Staveley, Managing Director of PCP Capital Partners and Director of the Newcastle Board of Directors, is back in the North East after spending the weekend at her home in London.
Without a replacement for Bruce, it is likely that coach Graeme Jones will be asked to take charge of the first team for the game against Spurs while the new owner searches for a new manager.
Jones was the only member of Bruce’s backroom staff to arrive separately when he took office in 2019.
Bruce said Sky Sports News Thursday that he was fully aware that the new owners might be looking for a new head coach.
“I’m happy for the club that this has gone through. It’s a great night for the fans, I’m thrilled for them,” Bruce said.
“I want to continue [as manager] but I have to be realistic. I’m not stupid and aware of what might happen with the new owners. “
Staveley briefly met the rest of the club’s staff at a meeting on Friday morning, where they were applauded for buying the club.
Monday will be the first time she and her group will visit the training ground, which is in desperate need of updating or rebuilding.
Current general manager Lee Charnley – considered by many to be “Mike Ashley’s man” – remains at the club for now to help with the handover.
The reason why no immediate decision is made is the desire of the consortium to first assess the functioning of the club. Moreover, the nature of the takeover that is unfolding so quickly has left them somewhat behind in their preparations.
Al-Rumayyan hopes to be at Spurs game
Newcastle’s new non-executive chairman Yasir Al-Rumayyan is hoping to attend Sunday’s game against Tottenham.
His Excellency Al-Rumayyan is the governor of the PIF and there is hope that the 51-year-old will be present when the Saudi-backed consortium begins his tenure on the pitch this weekend.
He wrote an open letter to Newcastle fans last Thursday, in which he said the consortium wanted to build long-term success for the club.
Al-Rumayyan is a big fan of golf and well known to PGA Tour players. Celebrities like Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Newcastle-based Lee Westwood all played golf with him in Saudi Arabia.
No Ashley Derby Touch
Mike Ashley has made no contact with Derby County Trustees, Sky Sports News was informed, amid reports that he would be interested in buying the ailing Championship club.
The former Newcastle owner is currently considering his options, having received around £ 300million for the sale of the Premier League club.
It is understood that Ashley will want to reinvest some of this money in the sport in the future, but buying another football club is not necessarily his top priority.
There has been no comment on this from Ashley or Quantuma, who act as Derby administrators.