Steve Bruce believes David Moyes should be crowned Manager of the Year ‘no matter what happens’ as he praises West Ham boss for incredible season… as he steers clear of giving his thoughts on Newcastle takeover revelations
- Steve Bruce says he’s only focused on getting a result against West Ham
- Newcastle boss says he doesn’t know enough about the bid to comment on it
- Bruce hailed the Hammers for being in the race for Champions League football
- The Magpies have won just three of their last 20 Premier League fixtures
Steve Bruce will go head-to-head with his Manager of the Year on Saturday ignoring the latest developments in Newcastle’s long-running takeover saga.
The Magpies’ head coach is focusing simply on the task of completing a double over this season’s Premier League surprise package when old foe David Moyes brings his team to St James’ Park.
He will do so at the end of a week which has seen his club catapulted into the headlines once again amid claims that Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman asked Boris Johnson to intervene in the sale process, with Downing Street insisting the Prime Minister did not do so.
Newcastle manager Steve Bruce insists he has ‘no opinion’ regarding takeover speculation
Bruce praised David Moyes (left) and tipped the West Ham boss to be manager of the season
Asked how his week had been following Sunday’s priceless 2-1 victory at Burnley, Bruce said with a smile: ‘It’s been very quiet for a change – but then again, there’s a takeover on the horizon, isn’t there?’
Pressed on the takeover situation, he added: ‘I’ve got no opinion on it whatsoever. I don’t know enough about it, I don’t know where it sits, where it is. I’m really genuinely focused on how we go and get a result against West Ham.’
Newcastle beat the Hammers 2-0 at the London Stadium on the opening day of the season, but David Moyes’ side have prospered since and will arrive on Tyneside sitting fourth in the table ahead of Chelsea, champions Liverpool and Tottenham and targeting Champions League qualification.
That would be a remarkable achievement for a side which was fighting for top-flight survival towards the end of last season, and Bruce believes Moyes, whose January loan move for Jesse Lingard had proved a masterstroke, deserves huge credit.
West Ham have a had a magnificent season so far and are chasing Champions League football
He said: ‘For me, Moyesy is already the Manager of the Year no matter what happens. To keep them there or thereabouts in the top four and vying for Champions League places with six, seven games to go is a wonderful achievement by them all.
‘They’ve had a great season, so it’s a big, difficult game ahead, of course.’
Bruce’s men will head into a testing fixture buoyed by a first win in eight games and just their third in 20 league outings, which lifted them six points clear of the drop zone, and by the return of both leading scorer Callum Wilson and livewire sidekick Allan Saint-Maximin from injury.
With Liverpool, Arsenal, Leicester and Manchester City to come in their next four games, chances to add to their points tally of 32 may be in short supply with the finishing line agonisingly close.
Bruce said: ‘For the last 10 years, it’s been around 35, 36 points, but it might be more this year. Who knows?’
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