Newcastle United gaffer, Steve Bruce will manage his 1,000th game with the Toon against Tottenham Hotspurs this weekend, SurgeZirc UK can confirm.
Speculation has trailed Bruce’s future following the takeover by the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund, with the club now in possession of the means to recruit a world-class manager to compete with the Premier League’s elite.
However, Newcastle’s new owners have now confirmed that Bruce will be at the dugout against Tottenham this weekend as he marks a historic 1,000th game as manager.
Amanda Staveley, a member of Newcastle’s board of directors and also the major public face of the Saudi takeover, told the club’s website: “We have had an extremely busy week reviewing the business and getting to know people and it is imperative that we continue to be patient and considered in our approach.
“Change does not always happen overnight, it demands time and that we follow a carefully considered plan and strategy.
“We met Steve and the players on Monday and have given them the time and space this week to focus on preparing for what is a very important game on Sunday.
“Steve has been very professional in our dealings with him and he and his coaching team will take the team on Sunday. If we make any changes going forward, Steve will be the first to know but, in the meantime, we wish him the best of luck in his 1,000th match as a manager and will be joining you in getting right behind the team.”
Recruited in 2019 by former owner, Mike Ashley to replace Rafa Benitez in 2019, Bruce has endured a fractured relationship with the Newcastle faithful and has widely been criticised for poor performances and unproductive tactics.
It had been speculated that the new owners would quickly install a new gaffer before the expiration of the international break, with former Blues manager, Frank Lampard and former Dortmund manager, Lucien Favre touted as possible replacements.
Despite being given another chance for perhaps one last hurrah, Bruce’s long-term future with Newcastle United remains uncertain, particularly in view of recent poor run of results that has seen the club plunge to 19th position in the league standings with 3 points from 7 outings. There is also a popular sense of expectation that the Saudi owners will look towards a more decorated manager as the club looks to eject itself from the nether regions of the Premier League.