Newcastle tipped to make huge decision as takeover looms


Newcastle United are surely staying up.

The Magpies have taken 39 points from their 31 games thus far and are 12 points clear of 18th-placed AFC Bournemouth.

With seven games of their season remaining, it would be an almighty shock if they were to be sucked back into the relegation battle.

It means they can look forward to another season in the Premier League, but it remains to be seen who will own the club at that point.

Their pending takeover, led by a Saudi Arabian-backed consortium, continues to await ratification from the Premier League.

And Danny Mills, the former Premier League right-back, believes that if their takeover goes through, Steve Bruce will likely be sacked and replaced.

Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “Steve Bruce has been criticised and it has been unfair.

“He has two players in Almiron and Joelinton, who have not performed and they have cost £60 million between them. Remember, they were not his buys. It was not his choice to bring them in. He was lumbered with them.


“He’s done the best he possibly can but it is not his fault that they cannot seem to hit the target. I am sure they are working hard on it in training.

“Bruce has done a great job but I do fear for him if the takeover is completed. New owners like a new manager and a little bit of glamour.”

GIVEMESPORT’S Harry Sherlock says…

Mills is probably right.

Bruce has done excellent work at Newcastle since his appointment and has steadied the ship, surely keeping them in the division.

It remains to be seen, though, if the owners will be swayed by the prospect of appointing a manager who has that “glamour” Mills speaks of.

Newcastle have previously been linked with former Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino, while former manager Rafael Benitez has also been touted as a possible appointment.

Bruce perhaps deserves the chance to guide the Magpies into the 2020/21 season.

Whether he gets it remains to be seen.

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