With Newcastle United on the verge of getting new owners, Sunderland cult hero Thomas Sorensen has given his verdict on Steve Bruce’s future at St James’ Park.
Newcastle are in the final stages of a takeover bid, with the club now very close to being bought off Mike Ashley, as was initially reported by talkSPORT last 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 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, and it could mean an uncertain future for Bruce.
Sorensen believes that Bruce wouldn’t be the right face for the “richest club in the world” and as such reckons the new owners will part ways with him to bring in a high-profile coach with experience in dealing with big players.
“I think we can agree that Steve Bruce is not the face of the richest club in the world,” the Dane told the Optus Sports Gegenpod podcast.
“His style of play is probably not what they’re looking for, so when this goes through I’m sure they’ll be looking at someone with the right image, the right style and the right management of players.
“They’ll be looking to bring in big players so you need someone who can handle that and who has handled it in the past.
“It will be a very attractive job. I’m not a fan of Newcastle, but they have a great atmosphere and the fans just need a spark – then it will be a party atmosphere up there.”
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 Rafael Benitez – to put it mildly – he hasn’t done too badly with the resources at his disposal.
As Sorensen suggested, however, new owners could want to do things differently – and on a much bigger scale – and bring in their own staff.
In particular, a new manager whose face and style fits the new Newcastle could well be on the agenda as the poster boy for a new era.