With Newcastle United on the verge of getting new owners, Jamie Carragher has told Sky Sports that he would like to see Steve Bruce remain at the helm of the Magpies.
Newcastle are in the final stages of a takeover bid, with the club now very close to being bought off Mike Ashley, as was reported by talkSPORT on Wednesday.
PCP Capital Partners, headed by Amanda Staveley, have brokered the £300million deal which is being backed by the Saudi Arabian royal family’s Public Investment Fund.
Ashley and PCP have entered into a binding agreement, with terms agreed last week and a deposit paid, and documentation has been sent to the Premier League.
Newcastle’s prospective new owners are expected to have major ambitions upon arriving at St. James’ Park, but it could mean an uncertain future for Bruce.
“I think the big thing for Newcastle is that the supporters had a manager they adored in Rafa Benitez and Mike Ashley lost him,” Carragher told Sky Sports, as quoted by Chronicle Live.
“They brought in Steve Bruce who I think has done a brilliant job, but he’s still not universally loved up there for whatever reason. I think the interesting thing is will that be one of the first decisions?
“We talk about buying and selling players, the most important person at a football club is the manager. I would love Steve Bruce to get the opportunity to show what he can do in terms of the transfer market.”
Newcastle fans have had to put up with many prior stories of protracted takeover talks over the years but the latest reports suggest that one is now closer than ever.
The Saudi group is reported to have assets of more than $320billion, so there is certainly plenty to get excited about.
While Bruce wasn’t exactly many fans’ preferred option to replace Benitez – to put it mildly – he hasn’t done too badly with the resources at his disposal.
Indeed, the Daily Mail has reported that Newcastle will not look to make an immediate managerial change should the deal go through, so it looks as though he may get the chance to see what he can do with a bigger budget.