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All the latest transfer news, rumors and gossip from Newcastle United as the £300million takeover of the club in the North East has been officially completed, with a Saudi Arabia-led consortium ending Mike Ashley’s 14-year ownership of the Magpies.
The Premier League confirmed the takeover in a statement, saying it had received “legally binding assurances” that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will not control Newcastle United.
The investment group is led by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) and further consists of PCP Capital Partners and RB Sports & Media.
Newcastle’s new owners would replace Steve Bruce as head coach for the Super Sunday clash with Tottenham at St James’ Park.
But according to The Times on October 13, Amanda Staveley, Newcastle United’s director, is waiting for the green light from the club’s new Saudi owners before firing Bruce.
In the meantime, all eyes are now on who could sign the Magpies when the January transfer window reopens for business early next year:
Bruce will be fired in a few days
Bruce is expected to be sacked as Newcastle manager ahead of the club’s first game under new ownership next weekend, but is due to train on Monday (Telegraph and Mirror, 11 October).
Newcastle will sack manager Bruce “within days” with the club’s new owners keen not to spoil his presence to take charge of their first game (daily mail, October 10).
The 60-year-old will reportedly be removed and Bruce will be owed an £8million installment fee once his current deal is terminated by the club.
The Saudi-led Newcastle consortium would discuss the leadership position with Frank Lampard, Lucien Favre while Brendan Rodgers and Steven Gerrard are the last names to be considered for the role.
Will Bruce remain as Newcastle’s boss?
Newcastle manager Steve Bruce has told: Sky Sports News he is fully aware that the new owners could seek a new head coach.
“I’m happy for the club that this went through. It’s a great night for the fans, I’m very happy for them,” Bruce said. Sky Sports News.
“I want to continue [as manager] but i have to be realistic. I am not stupid and know what can happen with new owners.
“I don’t have any plans to talk to Amanda as far as I know.”
Bruce will take charge of his 1000th game against the Spurs each week on Sunday air sports.
He added: “If I don’t play 1000 games against Spurs, you could say it can only happen to me. It’s not cruel, it’s just football.”
The Daily Telegram on 9 October it was reported that Bruce will receive an £8million installment from Newcastle if, as is widely expected, his tenure as manager is terminated by the club’s new owners.
‘Very unlikely that Bruce is in charge at Spurs’
Keith Downie of Sky Sports News:
“I would be surprised if there wasn’t a new man in the hot seat in time for the Spurs on Sunday.
“Whether that’s someone who’s already at the club, like Graeme Jones, who came to the club separately from the rest of Bruce’s backroom staff, there’s a chance it could be him.
“Maybe they already have someone in mind if they don’t get it.
“I don’t think they have anyone in mind yet, but it’s very unlikely that Bruce is still in charge of that game.
“I just don’t believe he’s the look they’re going for after everything that’s happened in the last 24 hours.
“So they can bring someone in temporarily while they get the ball rolling like Jones, or they can make a quick appointment.
“And when I spoke to Bruce last night, he already seemed resigned to his fate…”
Lampard, Favre, Potter… What managers has Newcastle been associated with?
Newcastle ready to divest Frank Lampard as they pick candidates to take over as they remove Steve Bruce from his role (The daily star, 14 October); Lampard is a key contender to replace Bruce as Newcastle manager (The Sun and Daily Telegraph, October 12), just like former Dortmund manager Lucien Favre (Daily Telegram, 12 October).
And Newcastle’s new owners are reportedly queuing up Antero Henrique become the new sporting director of the club (foot merchandise, 12 October).
Newcastle owners had also reportedly been considering a move for Ralf Rangnick, among a number of candidates, to become sporting director (Daily Telegram, 11 October).
Assistant manager Graeme Jones will be in the dugout of St James’ Park for Sunday’s home game with the Spurs, while the Brighton boss Graham Potter is “in the frame” to take over from Bruce (Star on Sunday, October 10).
Graham Potter had emerged as one of the candidates to replace Steve Bruce in the Newcastle hot seat, following their acquisition earlier this week (Daily mail, October 9).
The 46-year-old has been in charge of Amex since 2019 and has led the Seagulls to sixth place so far this season, with four wins from their first seven Premier League games. He does have a contract with the club that runs until 2025.
rangers manager Steven Gerrard is also reportedly on the list to support Newcastle boss Bruce (Daily Telegram, October 8).
Want to bring Newcastle’s new owners Antonio Contea to the club, with the former Chelsea coach parting ways with Inter after winning the Scudetto (The Gazzetta dello Sport, October 8).
However, Conte would likely turn down the chance to lead Newcastle’s Saudi-backed attack at the top of English football (The sun, October 9).
Paulo Fonseca is another name on Newcastle’s shortlist after reportedly failing to reach an agreement on Tottenham over the summer (Mirror, October 9).
Brendan Rodgers has no interest in talking to Newcastle about the possibility of taking over the manager’s position (Sky Sports News, October 13).
Which players are linked?
Newcastle will fight it out with Manchester United and Chelsea for English midfielders Declan Rice and Jude Bellingham (The Daily Express, 14 October)
The Magpies are said to be in regular contact with Chelsea striker’s agents Timo Werner (The sun, 14 October)
Newcastle hopes to bring in a fallen Barcelona defender Clemens Lenglet in January (Sport, October 13).
Newcastle is aiming for a transfer for Leicester City defender Wesley Fofana in January despite being absent from a long-term injury (Daily star, October 13).
Newcastle are planning a massive transfer attack Manchester United with allegedly four outcasts in his sights (Sun, 11 October).
Newcastle would keep an eye on ex-Arsenal midfielder’s situation Aaron Ramseand (to express, 11 October).
Newcastle plans possible moves for Donny van de Beek, Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial and Eric Bailly, according to the Daily mirror (October 10).
Newcastle would like to sign PSG forward Mauro Icardi, although both Spurs and Juventus are also reportedly interested in the player (Post on Sunday, October 10); Icardi will turn down the chance to join the Newcastle United revolution because his wife Wanda Nara doesn’t want to move out of Paris (The sun, 14 October)
Newcastle are interested in bringing Burnley‘s James Tarkowski and Manchester United‘s Lingard to St James’ Park in January (daily express, October 9).
Lingard, 28 – who played on loan at West Ham towards the end of last season – has only started once this season for Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s men, while Tarkowski, also 28, has no contract in the summer but is reportedly a has a contract. gentleman’s agreement to leave in the winter window if a suitable offer comes in.
Newcastle supporters want the club to make it Aaron Ramsey their first big-money signing after the Saudi takeover was completed. (The Sun, October 9)
Demba Ba has offered to come out of retirement to play for Newcastle United’s new owners. (Daily Star, October 9)
Philippe Coutinho‘s representatives are said to have already contacted the new Newcastle owners to find out if there is any interest in their client. (Daily Mirror, October 9)
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