Alan Shearer has claimed that he would be ‘really surprised’ if Steve Bruce is in charge for Newcastle’s clash against Crystal Palace next week, as he told Premier League Productions (17/10/21 at 7:25 pm).
On Sunday, Newcastle celebrated the arrival of their new ownership and a new dawn after the morale-sapping era of Mike Ashley.
It was carnival-like in the North East, before their clash against Spurs, with some members of the club’s new consortium present at St James’ Park.
For the opening two minutes, those backing the boys in Black and White were in dreamland because Callum Wilson opened the scoring with a Shearer-like header.
But that’s where it ended for the home side, their fans, the players, new owners and the manager because Spurs walked away with a 3-2 win.
In what was Bruce’s 1000th game in management, he may have just tasted his final game as Newcastle boss, and probably his last one in England’s top-flight.
And Shearer didn’t pull no punches in stating it clearly that he doesn’t expect the former centre-back to be in charge of the club by the time they make the trip to London to take on Palace.
“I would be really surprised,” said Shearer. “That was always the worry, when or if Newcastle went behind, you could always paint the picture and the noise of what was going to happen.
“Of course, that happened almost immediately. The owners will look at that. Nothing has changed, from my view, in what happened in the game to what I spoke before the game.
“They will want to have a fresh start. They will want to have a change at the club. It’s just a matter of when, whether that it’s in the next 48 hours or the next week or two.
“But I do believe it’s a matter of when. I do think Steve understands that. He said it himself, ‘they have come in with new ideas, they want fresh people to come in with those new ideas’. They have heard the fans inside the ground and the fans inside the ground want a change, so I would think it’s just a matter of time.”
New owners or not, when you are sitting in the relegation zone as an established Premier League club, with zero wins from eight games then that manager has to be questioned.
So, even without new ownership, Bruce would have been questioned, and now with the new faces through the doors, it’s just a matter of time before they make their first real move by handing the Englishman his P45.
The problem that faces the North East side is that they haven’t had much time to plan and put in the jigsaws since taking charge.
But even that won’t probably result in Bruce staying in the job beyond next week.