Newcastle eyeing 46-year-old manager, Alan Shearer hailed his 'good football' - report
A new era has begun at Newcastle United as a Saudi-led consortium has replaced Mike Ashley at the helm of the Magpies.
The consortium that has taken over Newcastle consists of Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), financier Amanda Staveley and David and Simon Reuben.
The PIF – worth an alleged £700bn – have taken an 80 percent stake in the club after the Premier League finally approved a deal which had originally been agreed early last year.
And one of the first things the new owners have been tipped do is bring in their own manager and coaching staff.
A report from the Daily Mail claims the club’s new owners have decided that they will sanction the £8million pay-off clause in Steve Bruce’s contract.
Now, according to The Sun, Newcastle are now looking at Brighton manager Graham Potter as a potential Bruce replacement.
The 46-year-old has kept the south coast club punching above their weight and comfortably secured another season of top-flight football last term.
Brighton have kicked on this term, with four wins and two draws helping them to sixth in the Premier League, just two points off top spot.
Earlier in his career, Potter shone at Swedish club Ostersund, steering them from the fourth tier to the top flight.
He also won a Swedish Cup at the club, and embarked on a solid Europa League run.
Potter began his managerial journey in English football by joining Swansea in 2019.
And within the space of a year he made the step up to the Premier League by taking the Brighton reins.
Newcastle to land manager who plays “good football”?
Toon legend Alan Shearer named Potter as his Premier League manager of the week on 4 May this year.
Brighton had beaten Leeds 2-0, a result that put them 10 points clear of the bottom three with four games left to play.
“Brighton & Hove Albion look safe now, and Potter has got them there playing good football,” Shearer wrote on the Premier League website.
“He deserves a lot of credit.”