Newcastle United

Newcastle confirm Steve Bruce will take charge of Tottenham match

Krishan Davis
Steve Bruce was expected to have lost his job
Steve Bruce was expected to have lost his job / Matthew Ashton - AMA/GettyImages

Newcastle United's new owners have confirmed that current manager Steve Bruce will continue in the dugout for the Premier League clash against Tottenham on Sunday, despite being widely expected to lose his job in the near future.

It will be a bittersweet encounter for Bruce, who will be taking charge of his 1,000th professional match as a manager with the axe looming over him.

A consortium backed by Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund completed its takeover of Newcastle last week and had been expected to make sweeping changes to the club's management structure, bringing an end to Bruce's unpopular tenure.

Bruce himself was resigned to losing his job and highly-regarded first-team coach Graeme Jones was expected to be named caretaker, but a week later the former is still the Magpies boss and he is now set to be on the touchline when Newcastle host Spurs, although it seems his days are still numbered.

In a statement, newly-appointed Newcastle director Amanda Staveley said: “We have had an extremely busy week reviewing the business and getting to know people and it is imperative that we continue to be patient and considered in our approach.

"Change does not always happen overnight, it demands time and that we follow a carefully considered plan and strategy.

“We met Steve and the players on Monday and have given them the time and space this week to focus on preparing for what is a very important game on Sunday. Steve has been very professional in our dealings with him and he and his coaching team will take the team on Sunday."

It was reported on Wednesday that financier Staveley was being forced to wait to relieve Bruce of his duties by the club's new Saudi owners, with the Public Investment Fund yet to give the green light. The 60-year-old would be entitled to as much as £8m in compensation should be sacked before the end of his contract in 2024.

Staveley continued ominously: "If we make any changes going forward, Steve will be the first to know but, in the meantime, we wish him the best of luck in his 1,000th match as a manager and will be joining you in getting right behind the team."