Amanda Staveley has been spotted watching Steve Bruce and Newcastle’s training sessions with the manager nervously awaiting a decision on her future.
Staveley has been keen to show that she will not be an absent boss, following her purchase of 10 by participation in the club, and was seen watching the players and speaking to the staff at the Magpies’ training ground at Darsley Park.
Staveley facilitated the £ 305million purchase of the club by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), which would make Newcastle the richest football team in the world.
The British businesswoman, now a member of the club’s board, has since been seen at the club’s training ground for the first time, with manager under pressure Steve Bruce keeping his job, for now, at following a crucial meeting.
Reports earlier in the week claimed Bruce would be the first victim of the new regime, with the manager extremely unpopular among fans who have yet to see their team win a Premier League game this season.
But now it’s understood Bruce could be in the dugout for what would be the 1000th game as a coach against Tottenham this weekend, with the PIF delaying any decisions regarding his future.
The Times reports that the delay is due to the fact that Staveley had to wait for the green light from the club’s new Saudi owners to sack the boss under pressure.
Staveley was seen with her husband and part-owner Mehrdad Ghodoussi meeting with the playing staff before watching a practice session as the Magpies prepare for the Spurs visit this weekend.
The new head of the Magpies insisted on the fact that she would be regularly present in the club after the takeover, declaring after the officialization of the agreement: “I will be very involved, very involved.
“I will not choose football players, but I will be very involved commercially, in the management of the club, in ensuring that we deliver a business plan and a strategy that helps generate the commercial income that allows us to invest in players.
“My team will be based in St James’ and I will be here often.”
Bruce is by far the favorite to be the next Premier League manager to be sacked, with Newcastle currently in a relegation battle and looking for instant improvements ahead of the January transfer window.
Middlesbrough manager Neil Warnock has expressed sympathy for Bruce, telling talkSPORT that he believes the much-maligned coach deserves much more respect from fans.
“He’s a good manager, a good man,” Warnock told talkSPORT Breakfast.
“I think he deserves a little better than respect after the way he’s played in his career.
“When I see fans hitting and smashing his car as he comes out of the training ground, surely they can afford some security in a place like this.”
Warnock is certain the 60-year-old won’t be out of work for very long when he finally leaves Newcastle.
Boro’s boss explained, “It disappoints me, but he will find another job, you don’t realize what it is, the restrictions he has been managing for so many years under.
“He was very unlucky that he had to take all the weight of it, the people in the background did what they did without really giving him that much help.
“I feel for him, but he will come back now, he will go, and he will come back and someone else will have a good manager.”
Meanwhile, talkSPORT host Gabby Agbonlahor asked how Bruce even had the motivation to continue at Newcastle.
The Aston Villa legend has worked with Bruce at his lifelong club and revealed his surprise at how discouraged his former manager was by the stick he received during his tenure at Villa Park.
Bruce is now experiencing similar circumstances at Newcastle, and Agbonlahor wonders why the manager submitted to them.
“I’ve seen Steve Bruce in his last games at Aston Villa,” said the former Villa captain.
“It got a little bitter with the support, and I always thought as I looked at it so, why are you even doing that?”
“He made a lot of money and I was wondering why are you doing this?” But then I talk to people who know him better and they say he will find another job.
“Then he got the Sheffield job on Wednesday and then he went to Newcastle. “
If Bruce survives until Sunday, he will manage his 1,000th game after leading a slew of English clubs including Wigan, Crystal Palace, Birmingham, Sunderland and Hull.
Bruce secured four promotions during his managerial career, as well as an FA Cup final, when his Hull side lost 3-2 to Arsenal at Wembley in 2014.
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