Keith Downie has claimed that the Newcastle owners don’t want to make a ‘rash decision’ in their call to replace Steve Bruce in the dugout, as he told Sky Sports News (11/10/21 at 5:20 pm).
The Sky reporter name dropped the likes of Lucien Favre, Steven Gerrard and Brendan Rodgers, as names who have been touted for the Newcastle job.
On Monday, Amanda Staveley met with Bruce for the first time, along with the rest of the Newcastle players and backroom staff.
The Magpies are starting a new era at the club under their new Saudi ownership and they face-off against Tottenham on Sunday at St James’ Park.
It’s expected that Bruce won’t be in charge, as Downie reported from outside Newcastle yesterday, after training had concluded.
“Firstly, they need to sort the Steve Bruce situation out,” said Downie. “I think because the takeover moved so quickly last week, I don’t actually think they have got anyone lined up right now.
“We hear some big names mentioned, the likes of Lucien Favre, who is favourites with the bookmakers. We have heard Steven Gerrard. We have heard Brendan Rodgers mentioned.
“I do think they want to bring in a big-name manager and someone, in their eyes, can take the club forward to the next level, with the hope of playing in Europe in the next couple of seasons.
“But I don’t think they want to make a rash decision. They say they want to do things gradually and properly. They haven’t gone straight up to the training ground today and said ‘Steve Bruce you are sacked’. They wanted to chat and meet with him in person.”
It’s a surprise to no-one that Bruce is in a situation where is on his last legs because he was never Mr Popular in the North East.
And now that Mike Ashley is out of the door, it was pretty obvious that his future was going to be questioned.
It will be interesting who the Newcastle owners do push for because fans, and even those from the outside, are expecting that statement capture.
There is, of course, Antonio Conte, who is currently out of a job and an individual they could attract a lot easier than a Gerrard, who is already in the Rangers hot seat.
Either way, it’s exciting times for the Newcastle faithful, who will be dreaming big over these coming years.