Steve Bruce takes Newcastle credit for historic takeover as boss explains why he played a “small role”


Steve Bruce has hinted that he helped secure the spectacular takeover of Newcastle United in a touching TV interview.

The Toon boss remains in office for now, but Newcastle’s new Saudi-backed ownership consortium is expected to leave its mark on the club.

Sunday’s clash against Tottenham is also Bruce’s 1,000th game as manager, having managed 11 clubs since his first takeover at Sheffield United in 1998.

Bruce didn’t have much success at Newcastle, with limited funds available as Mike Ashley desperately tried to whip the North East club.

But the 60-year-old believes he laid the groundwork for all future success – keeping Newcastle afloat in the Premier League.

Bruce told Sky Sports: “I am delighted for everyone at the club that the buyout has taken place. It was really necessary. It is not at all a disrespect to the previous owners.

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“It sounds ridiculous, but I would like to think I played a small part in keeping the club in the Premier League. It got him through. It’s been a very long time!

“In silence this year, I was satisfied with some of our performances.

“We haven’t got off to a good start and haven’t won a game yet – but we’ve been close. Hopefully we can score three points on the board.

“In the midst of it all, we have to be professional and keep up our work. It has been difficult and there is no doubt that there is an air of excitement that is different from what was there before.

“Hopefully there will be some exciting times to come that everyone can enjoy along the way.

“The players have trained well and you can tell there is a different atmosphere and vibe around the place.”

Bruce is a childhood supporter of Newcastle United, although he has also dealt with bitter rivals Sunderland before in his career.

There was an air of a final hurray as the Englishman reflected on his 1,000 games in management, but it was up to President Yasir Al-Rumayyan, Amanda Staveley and the other new board figures to pass the call.

Bruce added: “I found the management very difficult at the beginning, that’s for sure. I still find it difficult now.

“You have to develop your resilience and enjoy football on the whole.

“For me, management is a substitute for gambling. Today I woke up and thought,“ I would like to play ”!

“How lucky am I to have spent 43 years without a break in football?

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