Exclusive: Senior Newcastle man drops takeover admission, pundit fumes: 'Doesn't look good'

Alan Hutton insists it would be “terrible” if Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce was not given a chance under the prospective new owners.

The former Aston Villa and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has criticised the speculation surrounding the Magpies’ manager ahead of the potential takeover at St James’ Park.

Speaking to Sky Sports last week, Bruce stated that he would be “delighted” to see a takeover take place and that he would “love” to remain as manager, although admitted he was in the dark over the status of the Saudi-backed bid.

Hutton has lashed out at the suggestion Bruce will not be given a chance to stake a claim for his job, revealing his disappointment at the 59-year-old feeling he has to come out and speak about his position at St James’ Park.

Asked what he thought of Bruce having to back himself publicly, Hutton told Football Insider: “I think it’s poor. He’s in the job now, he’s the Newcastle United manager at the moment. In my opinion everybody at the club should be coming out and saying: ‘No, Steve Bruce is the manager’.

“I think it would be terrible, it doesn’t look good, if before he’s even been given the opportunity he gets sacked or whatever. I think he’s done a really good job until now under the circumstances, let’s not forget that.

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“I think he deserves the chance to go and prove that he’s capable of doing a good job. He’s probably waited for a chance like this through his whole managerial career so why shouldn’t be given the chance to do so?”

Bruce replaced former manager Rafael Benitez last summer and has managed to take the club to 13th in the Premier League with nine games left to play this season.

He is the tenth boss current owner Mike Ashley has appointed in his 13 years at the club, with Sam Allardyce the first to take charge under the Sports Direct supremo.

In other Newcastle United news, Football Insider pundit has warned of huge changes behind the scenes under the prospective new owners.