Newcastle United director Amanda Staveley has confirmed that Steve Bruce and 'football operations' are set to be reviewed after the £300m takeover was confirmed.
The takeover of the Magpies by PCP Capital Partners and Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund was finalised on Thursday evening - putting an end to Mike Ashley's tenure in charge at St. James' Park.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the deal went through, new club director Amanda Staveley addressed Steve Bruce's future, as well as the club's ambitions moving forward:
As reported by 90min, Newcastle's new owners are set to make changes to the football operations of the club - something which Staveley hinted at in the interview by stating the a 'review' is to be made:
“We’re very supportive of Steve [Bruce], and we’ve spoken to him. What we’re going to do is not talk about managers or what big signings we can make.
"We’re going to do a review right through the football operations, of the commercial side as well, and come back and make some decisions.”
90min understands that Newcastle's new owners would be keen to have Gareth Southgate take over as their new manager - however he is not likely to leave his role as England manager within the next 12 months. Michael Carrick and Man City academy boss Jason Wilcox are also leading candidates.
Staveley was also asked if the club have ambitions to challenge at the top of the Premier League table, to which she replied:
“Absolutely. We’re proud to be part of the Premier League. It’s an incredibly competitive league, which we love. Premier League football is the best in the world, and Newcastle United is the best team in the world.
“We want to see it get those trophies, obviously. At top of the Premier League, in Europe, but to get trophies means patience, investment, time. We want everybody to work with us to build the club towards what it needs to be.”