Steve Bruce survives first training session under new owners after Amanda Staveley visit

Steve Bruce is expected to be relieved of his duties at some point this week, but no decision had been made yet as Amanda Staveley nmet the Newcastle boss and players for the first time

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Steve Bruce survived his first training session under Saudi-ownership – after Amanda Staveley visited the playing squad.


The veteran boss led his players in an afternoon training session after a chat with Staveley who’s PCP Capital Partners firm have taken charge of the day-to-day operations at St James’ Park.

Newcastle ’s stars including Allan Saint-Maximin, skipper Jamaal Lascelles and Federico Fernandez all met the new 10pc stakeholders.

It remains unclear whether Bruce will boss his 1,000th game as a manager against Spurs on Sunday.

That will see a sell-out stadium for the unveiling of the new ownership and there will be a senior Saudi Arabian presence for the first time since the deal was done.

Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce oversees the squad training at the Newcastle United training ground

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Yasir Al-Rumayyan is hoping to attend the game.

He is governor of the state-funded Public Investment Fund which bought an 80pc stake in the £305m deal on Thursday, and is now non-executive Chairman of the Magpies.

The speed of the takeover being resurrected in the past fortnight has taken the club’s football operations by surprise.

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They had a firm plan on who would take over as boss 18 months ago, but candidates Rafa Benitez and Mauricio Pochetino are now in jobs at Everton and PSG.

Bruce will not be in charge for long, and some fans were left asking why he wasn’t immediately cleared out on Monday.

Frank McParland, formerly of Rangers, Burnley and Brentford, is the PCP’s football advisor, and helping with the managerial search.

Ex-Dortmund chief Lucien Favre, Brendan Rodgers, Frank Lampard and Rangers’ Steven Gerrard are under consideration.

Amanda Staveley at a Newcastle training sesssion

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Ideally the new regime would appoint a proven boss with the nous to build a club up from top to bottom from the off.

But they also need a powerful well-connected Sporting Director with ex PSG chief Antero Henrique and ex Shelke and Leipzig boss Ralf Rangnick being interviewed.

Early transfer targets include James Tarkowski and Juve bench-warmer Aaron Ramsey.

Staveley toured the much-derided Toon training ground with husband and business partner Mehrdad Ghodoussi

Matt Ritchie (R) and Callum Wilson (L) during the Newcastle United Training Session


On Friday she said: “The training ground is really awful and needs a huge amount of investment, and luckily that is one area we are not restricted

“You need medical facilities, there is no point in having fantastic players if there is nowhere for them to train.

Callum Wilson and Jonjo Shelvey have trained could be fit for the weekend.

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