Newcastle drop biggest hint yet Steve Bruce will be in charge for Tottenham match as speculation surrounding next manager continues to swirl

Steve Bruce looks set to be in the dugout for Newcastle’s first match under their new ownership.

It was widely reported that Bruce, who’s been Newcastle boss since the summer of 2019, would be sacked before their Premier League clash with Tottenham on Sunday.

Bruce looks set to fight another day but it is not clear how long he will be in the job

However, the club issued an operations notice on Thursday to say that Bruce would attend a media briefing on Friday afternoon.

It will be a landmark moment for Bruce as the St James’ Park clash will be his 1,000th in management.

The club head into the match second from bottom of the Premier League, without a win in their first seven games.

But even if Bruce is in charge on Sunday, it’s unlikely to end the speculation, with the likes of Antonio Conte, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard linked with the post.

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The takeover of the club was finally approved by the Premier League a week ago, after it received ‘legally binding assurances’ from the new owners that Saudi Arabia would not have control over club matters.

The Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF) – which controls how the country’s sovereign wealth is invested – has taken an 80 per cent stake in the club.

The PIF board is chaired by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman and seven of the other eight board members are described either as ministers or a royal advisor on the fund’s official website.

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