Steve Bruce will be sacked by Newcastle United if the proposed Saudi-backed takeover is completed.

That is the view of ex-England and Leeds United defender Danny Mills, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after a huge update on the takeover that was initially blocked by the Premier League last summer.

Football Insider revealed Newcastle are privately confident a takeover can take place as the Premier League’s position is believed to have thawed.

Both sides remain committed to the deal which could be formalised as early as June or July.

On the pitch, the Magpies are fighting for their Premier League status after a run of just one win in their last nine games.

It leaves them just three points above the bottom three but Bruce’s position has remained safe throughout the season.

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Asked if this could change if a takeover is completed, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “Definitely.

“I like Steve Bruce and I’m surprised they haven’t turned it around, I’m really surprised at that.

“I thought he would get results quicker and get that team playing. They were scraping by and I thought they were getting enough results to be safe by now but it hasn’t happened, for whatever reason.

“His job is always going to be under pressure with new owners coming in but the results they’ve had lately, he’ll be under real pressure.

“With new owners potentially coming in I’d be very surprised if he’s the manager next season.”

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Bruce has overseen 80 games in charge of Newcastle and has a win percentage of 30.

He arrived at St. James’ Park at the beginning of last season after a brief spell in charge of Sheffield Wednesday.

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