Steve Bruce believes he has the ‘near future’ to prove he can win over Newcastle’s new owners. The club’s new era started badly with a 3-2 defeat by Tottenham on Sunday, reportedly leaving Bruce’s job on the line.
The 60-year-old was widely expected to be dismissed in the aftermath of the eye-watering £305million takeover, completed by a consortium fronted by Amanda Staveley and 80 per cent backed by the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia.
However, Bruce remained in his job for the weekend. On Friday, he hit out at journalists for reporting that he would depart prior to Sunday’s game.
Newcastle striker Callum Wilson opened the scoring after just two minutes to seemingly get the club’s new owners off to a positive start.
But the North Londoners struck three times through Tanguy Ndombele, Harry Kane and Son Heung-min. Eric Dier scored a late own goal but Bruce’s side could not force an equaliser.
Defeat by Spurs is unlikely to have enamored Newcastle’s new owners, nor a supporter base for whom Bruce is a symbol of the unpopular regime of Mike Ashley.
Several names have been linked with succeeding Bruce, from out-of-work Frank Lampard and Eddie Howe, to Rangers boss Steven Gerrard and Leicester’s Brendan Rodgers.
But Bruce appears to think that he will be given some time to win over Staveley and her business partners despite his side currently sitting in 19th in the Premier League and without a win in eight matches.
“It’s up to me, in the near future anyway, to try and get better.”
He continued: “That’s for other people to decide.
“If I was believing everything I saw last week, I might not have been here today.
“My job is to get a few results.
“Unfortunately, this year, if you’re a manager in the Premier League and you haven’t won in seven or eight, you come under pressure.
“It’s part of the deal of being in the Premier League.”