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Bruce set for more talks over future


Newcastle host Tottenham in a sold-out match at St James’ Park on 17 October, which is set to be Bruce’s 1,000th game in management

Newcastle’s new owners will hold more talks with boss Steve Bruce next week when they review operations following the £305m Saudi Arabia-backed takeover.

Amanda Staveley, who will sit on the new board, has already spoken with Bruce and captain Jamaal Lascelles.

She is meeting staff on Friday and will speak with the players when they return from international duty next week.

Staveley would not confirm plans about Bruce’s future when asked by BBC Sport on Thursday.

Bruce told the Daily Telegraph that he wanted to continue but said: “New owners normally want a new manager.”

Newcastle host Tottenham in a sold-out match at St James’ Park a week on Sunday, which is set to be Bruce’s 1,000th game in management.

There has already been speculation about who could replace the 60-year-old, with Rangers manager Steven Gerrard, former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard and former Inter Milan, Juventus and Chelsea coach Antonio Conte among those named.

A Newcastle United Supporters’ Trust survey published earlier this week and prior to the takeover showed that 94% of respondents wanted Bruce to leave “in the best interests of the club”.

Shearer and Keegan in talks with club

The new owners have also spoken to Alan Shearer and Kevin Keegan, both of whom endured difficult managerial stints during Mike Ashley’s regime, about potential roles with the club.

Keegan, who challenged for the Premier League title during his first spell in charge between 1992 and 1997, lasted just eight months after returning to St James’ Park in January 2008, and was subsequently critical of Ashley.

Shearer, the club’s all-time leading goalscorer, was unable to save the Magpies from relegation after taking interim charge in April 2009 and has been a fierce critic of Ashley in recent years.

The new owners also plan to move Shearer’s statue outside St James’ Park onto the stadium’s land.

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