Steve Bruce ‘to be replaced’ as Newcastle manager after £300m Saudi takeover

Steve Bruce is set 'to be replaced' as the manager of Newcastle United now that the £300million takeover of the club has been completed by the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund.

The Magpies' boss has been under pressure at the club following their poor start to the season, which sees them sit second bottom of the Premier League without a win after seven matches.

In addition, a survey carried out by the club's supporters' trust showed that of over 5,000 respondents, 94.3% wanted Bruce to be replaced as manager of the club.

Now, Sky Sports' Keith Downie reports that the new owners are expected to replace Bruce as manager.

Downie, who is Sky Sports' north-east reporter, tweeted on Thursday that he is "Expecting Newcastle United's new owners to replace Steve Bruce as manager – but whether he's in charge against Spurs in 10 days time is still uncertain.

"The consortium don't want to make knee-jerk reactions but a change is almost certain."

Bruce was appointed Newcastle manager in July 2019, replacing Rafael Benitez as manager and has a win rate of 30.4%, the lowest since Steve McClaren's disastrous tenure during the 2015/16 season.

Despite this, however, he has led the club to 13th and 12th placed finishes in his two full seasons in charge despite limited financial support from the board.

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This looks unlikely to save his job, though, with the new owners ready to bring in a fresh face to welcome in the exciting new era at the club.

At the time of writing, Rangers manager and former Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard is most bookmakers' favourite to replace Bruce.

Other names linked with the job are former Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe and ex-Chelsea managers Antonio Conte and Frank Lampard, all three of which are currently without a club.

Newcastle host Tottenham Hotspur in their next match on October 17 following the international break before a trip to London to take on Crystal Palace.

The new owners were able to complete their purchase of the club from Mike Ashley on Thursday evening after an alleged privacy dispute with Qatari-owned broadcaster beIN Sports was resolved.

The dispute had held up the deal and caused the Premier League to initially block the takeover when it was first ready for approval.

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