This is when Newcastle will sack Bruce as new manager set for 'long-term contract' - pundit
Noel Whelan has tipped the new Newcastle United owners to sack Steve Bruce after the upcoming game against Tottenham.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds striker insisted the 60-year-old would undoubtedly be replaced as manager but suggested change would not be imminent.
Newcastle confirmed on Thursday (7th October) the Saudi-backed takeover had been completed to end Mike Ashley’s reign as owner.
Speaking to the Telegraph after the news, Bruce confessed the new owners may look to replace him with their own appointment.
He insisted he would want the chance to impress but admitted he needed to be “realistic” over his chances of remaining.
Whelan claims there is no question Bruce will be out of the door at St James’ Park soon.
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However, he suggested there might not be a new manager in place for the game against Spurs next Sunday (17th October).
Asked if he thought Bruce would still be in charge against Tottenham. Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Right now, you’ve got to say yes. It’s been a very whirlwind 48 hours for Newcastle.
“There are going to be changes, massive changes, for the club, I think we all know that. Usually, when a consortium comes into a club, they bring in their own.
“I don’t think Steve Bruce will be there for long. Maybe it could be he’ll be given a time limit after the Spurs game until they can bring in another manager. They need to do lots of talks, lots of meetings.
“That is one of the changes I’m sure they’ll make because of the demands from the fans. They want a new manager. That might be their call.
“Put a manager in place and give him a long-term contract because that’s where you’re going to build your team from. The manager’s first, players are going to be in second.
“He’ll figure out who he wants to keep, where he needs to strengthen, what plays that you want. I can’t see Bruce being there too long.
“I believe he’s done a good job under very difficult circumstances. He was in a no-win situation, in my opinion.
“I think he’s pretty realistic about the situation that he won’t be in charge for too much longer.”