'He will know...' - Exclusive: Bruce position at Newcastle post-takeover explained by pundit

Michael Brown insisted Steve Bruce would understand if the prospective new owners wanted to replace him as manager of Newcastle United.

The former Sheffield United and Spurs midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested Bruce is experienced enough to know his position may be under threat despite doing a “great job” on Tyneside.

Reports emerged on Tuesday that Mike Ashley had a charge agreement in place with the PCP Partners, headed by Amanda Staveley, for the takeover over the club.

The deal is still to be ratified by the Premier League but Companies House legal documentation suggests a deal is in place between the two parties.

Steve Bruce took the reigns at St. James Park in July, following the exit of Rafael Benitez, to the disappointment of many on Tyneside.

When asked by Football Insider if the 59-year-old is likely to be replaced if the takeover is completed, Brown said: “Anytime there is a takeover you are always looking at how the owners will take it. When there is a new takeover or you have a new boss you either have to convince them that you are the right person or it does not matter. They have already made there mind up before they come in.

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“Steve Bruce is an experienced manager and he will know the situation.

“I think he has done a great job but he would wish them well. If they do not want Steve Bruce he will know he did a great job for them, he would be sad but he would understand it.”

Bruce has won 12 of his 35 matches in charge of the Magpies who currently sit 13th and eight points clear of the relegation zone.

Football Insider understands a takeover would see a transformation in the club’s ambition and willingness to invest in the first-team squad.

In other Newcastle United news, Alex Bruce has told Football Insider reported £30million target is well-liked by his father.