‘I was under no illusions of what might be coming’: Steve Bruce admits he feared the sack if Newcastle’s £300m Saudi takeover had gone through but now says he’s ‘delighted’ with club’s transfer business ahead of new season
- Steve Bruce says he feared for the sack if Newcastle’s takeover was successful
- The £300million deal collapsed at the end of July and Bruce remains in charge
- He unveiled three new signings on Wednesday ahead of the new league season
Steve Bruce says he expected the sack had Newcastle United’s Saudi-led takeover gone through.
The head coach admits he spent the final weeks of the season believing his days were numbered at St James’ Park.
But the £300million deal collapsed at the end of July and Bruce remains in charge, unveiling £35million’s worth of signings in the form of Callum Wilson, Jamal Lewis and Ryan Fraser on Wednesday.
Steve Bruce says he expected the sack had Newcastle’s Saudi-led takeover gone through
Owner Mike Ashley accepted a £300m offer to sell Newcastle but it collapsed in July
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is chairman of the consortium who tried to buy the club
‘A new brush always sweeps clean, so I was under no illusions of what might be coming,’ said Bruce as he spoke for the first time following the Saudi withdrawal.
‘There was nothing I could influence. But I always said, whatever is best for the club, I would go along with. If that meant a takeover and I wasn’t here, then I was always of that mindset.
‘Once it was knocked on its head it was like, “Right, I have to get my head back on that we’re going back to work”. I had to work out how we could improve and go forward.’
Bruce, who has also added Jeff Hendrick to his squad, said: ‘I’m certain with the signings we’ve made we’ve taken it on. I’m delighted we’ve been able to do that, because maybe people didn’t think we could.
Bruce poses with new Newcastle signings (L-R) Ryan Fraser, Jamal Lewis and Callum Wilson
‘We must never underestimate what a great club we have, that was the key with Callum. Yes, we had to flex our muscles and had to beat off Aston Villa, but the kid wanted to play here.
‘Ryan had six or seven choices. He wanted to play here. It is still classed as a really great club to play for.
‘Signings help supporters, managers, coaches, players – and we’ve had four or them. The place is happy again – until next week!
‘But it’s been a good week and we’re delighted to get them. It’s been hard work. The four major ones we’ve brought in will certainly improve us.
‘I know we need to hit the ground running, and that’s the most important thing.’
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