Steve Bruce describes Newcastle United takeover talk as 'a distraction'


Steve Bruce has urged the Premier League to make a decision regarding the Newcastle United takeover.

Supporters of the Magpies are waiting with bated breath after news broke two months ago about a prospective £300million deal to buy the club.

Amanda Staveley is the figurehead of the Saudi-backed consortium who are said to be leading the charge for the club, but so far there’s been no news of a confirmed deal.

Fans are growing increasingly annoyed at the lack of progress, with many suggesting that perhaps the deal to sell the club is going to be blocked.

Despite the uncertainty, the Magpies held their focus in a winning return to Premier League action against Sheffield United on Sunday - something which Bruce says is paramount during such uncertainty.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Bruce said: “You can’t deny that it’s a distraction, but you can’t use that as an excuse.

“All that I can do is focus my staff and prepare my players as best as we can. Obviously the quicker there’s a decision the better it is for everybody concerned.

“But in the meantime the only thing that I can influence is what happens on the pitch.

“So we have to ignore that and make sure it’s not an excuse.

“It’s not great, let’s be honest, but let’s get on with the job at hand which we’re paid for.”

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While patience is obviously key during such uncertain times, you can hardly blame the Newcastle United fans for growing restless.

For many, a potential announcement of a full takeover is exactly what they’ve been wishing for several years while enduring a turbulent reign under Mike Ashley.

The Sports Direct owner has been a hugely unpopular figure on Tyneside, and that’s why talk of interest from the Saudi-based consortium is such a hot topic of conversation.

But Newcastle fans must still be cautious.

If anyone knows what it’s like to see their club owned by an unpopular figure, it’s Newcastle United fans.

That’s why they must remain patient – after all, the last thing they want is to jump out of the frying pan and into the fire.

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