Without a replacement for Steve Bruce, manager Graeme Jones will likely be asked to take charge of the first team for the match against Tottenham on Sunday, live on Sky Sports, while the new ownership is looking for a new manager.
Amanda Staveley met Steve Bruce and the Newcastle United squad for the first time on Monday and Bruce is expected to be relieved of his duties this week ahead of Sunday’s big game against Tottenham at St James’ Park.
She had planned to meet with Bruce and the players last Friday after PCP’s Capital Partners concluded its takeover of the club, but the coach and players were on hold due to the international training schedule in recess.
Staveley, chief executive of PCB Capital Partners and managing director of Newcastle, has returned to the North East after spending the weekend at her home in London.
Without a replacement for Bruce, manager Graeme Jones will likely be asked to take charge of the first team for the match against Tottenham while looking for new ownership for a new manager.
Jones was the only one of Bruce’s backroom staff to arrive separately when he took over in 2019.
Bruce told Sky Sports News on Thursday that he is fully aware that new owners can look for a new head coach.
“I’m so happy for the club that this has gone through,” Bruce said. “It’s a great night for the fans and I’m so happy for them.”
“I want to continue [as a manager] but I have to be realistic. I’m not stupid and I know what can happen with the new owners.”
Staveley briefly met the rest of the club’s staff at a Friday morning meeting, where they were applauded for the club’s purchase.
Monday will be the first time she and her group will visit the training ground, which is badly in need of renovation or rebuilding.
Current managing director Lee Charnley – seen by many as “Mike Ashley’s man” – is still at the club to help with the handover.
The reason why no immediate decisions are made is the consortium’s desire to first assess how the club operates. The nature of the acquisition taking place so quickly has left them somewhat behind their preparations.
Al-Rumayyan hopes to be in the Tottenham match
Newcastle’s new non-executive chairman, Yasser Al-Rumayyan, is hoping to attend Sunday’s game against Tottenham.
His Excellency Al-Rumayyan is the Governor of the Public Investment Fund and there is hope that the 51-year-old will be present when the Saudi-backed consortium begins its tenure on the field at the weekend.
He wrote an open letter to Newcastle fans last Thursday, saying the consortium wanted to build long-term success for the club.
Al-Rumayyan is a big fan of golf and is well known to players on the PGA Tour. The likes of Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Newcastle-based Lee Westwood all played golf with him in Saudi Arabia.
There is no connection to Derby from Ashley
Mike Ashley has had no contact with Derby County officials, Sky Sports News has been told, amid reports that he is interested in buying the troubled championship club.
The former Newcastle owner is currently weighing his options, having secured around £300m to sell the Premier League club.
It’s understandable that Ashley will want to reinvest some of that money into the sport in the future, but buying another football club isn’t necessarily his top priority.
There has been no comment on the matter from either Ashley or Quantuma, who are serving as those responsible for the Derby.