Newcastle have been taken over by Public Investment Fund (PIF), PCP Capital Partners and RB Sports & Media, meaning they’re now the richest club in football. The Magpies are expected to upgrade in every area, including staff, so Steve Bruce’s future in the North-East is uncertain.
The 60-year-old took charge of Newcastle in the summer of 2019 and has presided over 96 matches. His win percentage is 30% while the defeat ratio is 1 every 2.28 games, so a lot of supporters want him replaced. Ian Rush doesn’t believe he should be sacked just yet, however.
He told the Daily Star Sport: “In my opinion, I think Steve Bruce has done a good job and I think he deserves a chance. I think he deserves a chance to see what he can do.
“He’s worked really, really hard in difficult situations. If you change something overnight, you have to be very, very careful. I think if they did get a new manager, it’d be a foreign manager. At the moment, Newcastle can still be relegated.
“With Steve Bruce there, in my opinion again, they will not get relegated because he’s done such a good job. Give him a chance to see what they can do and let’s take it from there.” Newcastle are currently 19th in the Premier League with three points from a possible 21 and are winless this season.
Bruce’s position is under-fire after United’s poor start, so he’ll be desperate for a result against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday. Reports suggest he’s on the brink of the sack, so he can’t afford another bad result.
Whether the new owners will take Rush’s advice is unknown, as the Magpies have to stay in the Premier League.