Pundit names the day Newcastle will sack Bruce after Staveley update
Noel Whelan has claimed Newcastle United could sack Steve Bruce shortly after the Tottenham game if they lose.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds striker insisted the new board would be holding talks to assess who could replace the 60-year-old.
In a statement on Friday, Amanda Stavely confirmed Bruce would remain in charge for this weekend’s game against Tottenham.
She insisted the club would be “patient” with their approach and that “change does always happen overnight”.
Bruce had been expected to be relieved of his duties following the takeover.
As revealed by Football Insider, the new regime have created a shortlist of their top managerial targets.
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Whelan admitted he does not see Bruce sticking around at St James’ Park much longer.
He suggested the Spurs clash could be his last game in charge should it end in defeat.
“It’s happened very quickly, there’s no doubt about that,” Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.
“There are lots of things they need to figure out and sort out before it comes to Steve Bruce. There are t’s to cross and i’s to dot.
“Really, there are lots of bits and pieces they need to sort out before Steve Bruce Yeah. There’s no point coming in, rushing to get rid of a manager when you’ve not got the right one in place already.
“That’s not how you do business. You do business the right way, take your time, make sure you get everything in order. Tick off boxes along the way that needs to be ticked off.
“There’s no doubt in my mind there’s a box there that doesn’t include Bruce and Newcastle. You’ve got a payout that needs to be resolved as well. All these things take a process. They’re not going to happen overnight.
“You’ve got to be realistic of the process. There are things you’ve got to do and get in order before you start looking at new players and getting managers out of the club.
“Lots of talks have to take place between the owners now and new prospective managers coming into the club. When you do this, it’s got to be the right time.
“Maybe is they lose to Tottenham, there’s the right time, he’s been given his opportunity. Steve Bruce will want to end on a high if he’s going to leave.”