Noel Whelan believes the prospective new Newcastle United owners have already made a decision on Steve Bruce’s future amid their “exciting” plans for the club.

The former Leeds United and Middlesbrough striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, admits it would be “fantastic” to work under new investors but believes the 59-year-old will not have a say in whether he stays or goes.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Bruce admitted he was “in the dark” over the prospective takeover but insisted he would “love to be part of it” if the bid is successful.

Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce smiles

However, Whelan believes the new owners will already have big plans in place for the club and that a decision will have already been made over Bruce.

Whelan told Football Insider: “He knows his job isn’t concrete, that’s what I think he knows. There are big plans for Newcastle, there’s a lot of exciting names being bandied about players who might come into the club.

“Who wouldn’t want to be the manager taking over a Gareth Bale or Edison Cavani, all these players being tipped to come in. Who wouldn’t think they wouldn’t do very well? I think I’d do very well as well and I’ve got no managerial experience! It’s like going into Harrods with a blank chequebook, it’s fantastic, you’d love it, you’d have great fun.

“I think he knows his job is under pressure, Pochettino’s one that seems to be the favourite and the thing is its kind of out of his hands. The thing is he’s got to finish the season as well as he can possibly can for his own sake because it’s his club that he supports.

“If it’s not going to be him, he’s going to walk away with his head held high. It’s out of his hands, the new owners will make that decision if not already made that decision. I think they will have already realised and made a decision on Steve Bruce’s future.”

Bruce, who replaced Rafael Benitez as Newcastle boss last summer, has the Magpies sitting 13th with the Premier League currently suspended.

Meanwhile, current owner Mike Ashley has been on Tyneside since 2007, with the club suffering two relegations during his reign.

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