Monday, 11 October 2021 18:33

Steve Bruce edging towards exit, Amanda Staveley meets manager & squad.

Staff Reporter.

Newcastle part-owner Amanda Staveley met Steve Bruce at the club's training ground on Monday with the manager's future still unclear.

Staveley, who owns 10% of the club, and partner Mehrdad Ghodoussi also met players as the squad began preparations for Newcastle's game against Tottenham at St James' Park on Sunday.

A large proportion of fans want Bruce to leave the club.

Newcastle are winless and second from bottom in the Premier League.

The new owners, who took over the club in a  £350m deal on Thursday, have been linked with former Borussia Dortmund manager Lucien Favre, Steven Gerrard and former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard as potential replacements.

Bruce's assistant Graeme Jones could also be a temporary stand-in for the under-fire manager, who is set for his 1,000th game in management against Spurs.

Jones, 51, joined the club midway through last season from Bournemouth and is a Newcastle fan.

Bruce told Sky Sports News on Thursday that he was fully aware that the new owners could seek a new head coach.

"I'm happy for the club that this has gone through. It's a great night for the fans, I'm delighted for them," Bruce said.

"I want to continue [as manager] but I have to be realistic. I'm not stupid and aware what could happen with new owners."