Exclusive: Senior Newcastle figure makes takeover admission to Sky, pundit drools

Michael Brown insists that Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce will handle the proposed takeover “very, very well” after his comments about the situation.

The former Premier League midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, admits the Magpies’ boss gave a very “standard” answer when probed about his future at St James’ Park.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Bruce admitted that he would “love to be part” of the club under new ownership but that he was in the dark over the status of the takeover bid.

The former Sunderland and Aston Villa boss has been in charge of Newcastle since last summer, having replaced Rafael Benitez in the dugout.

Brown believes Bruce will not be letting the speculation impact his role as the Magpies’ manager, suggesting he has enough experience to cope.

Asked what he made of Bruce’s admission, Brown told Football Insider: “I think if you look over an amount of time, a manager has to do an interview every so often.

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“It’s a question that’s going to be asked to him – ‘do you see you staying around’ – and what’s he going to say – ‘No I don’t, no I don’t want to’ or is he going to say ‘Of course I do want to with the takeover.’ It’s just a block answer, a standard answer.

“Everyone’s been waiting for him to speak, to ask him that same question and that’s the answer you’re going to get off him. He’s very experienced, Steve Bruce, he’s been in tonnes of these situations with takeovers and he’ll handle it very, very well.” 

With the Premier League currently suspended, Bruce has Newcastle sitting 13th in the table – the same position they finished under Benitez last term.

Current owner Mike Ashley has overseen two relegations during his time at St James’ Park, with just one spell in Europe.

In other Newcastle United news, a former striker claims staff are to be axed all across the club under the new owners.