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Luke Edwards delivers PIF update on Steve Bruce

The Telegraph’s Luke Edwards has revealed what PIF think of Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce amid speculation he is set to be sacked.

What’s the story?

Writing on Twitter, he said: “Contains details of Bruce talks on Monday, why new owners admire him and why he still hasn’t been sacked.”

Then, in a follow-up article for The Telegraph, Edwards added: “Steve Bruce has been praised by the new owners of Newcastle United for the way he has conducted himself throughout the 18-month takeover saga and thanked for helping to make it happen by keeping the club in the Premier League for the last two years.

“In a long conversation at the club’s training ground on Monday afternoon, Bruce is said to have been impressed with the way members of the consortium spoke to him and listened intently to their ambitions for the club.”

Time for a fresh start

If there is going to be one positive to take out from Bruce’s reign as manager at St James’ Park, is that he didn’t end up getting the side relegated.

The 60-year-old has fronted as Mike Ashley’s human shield since he took over from Rafa Benitez a few years ago, and while he’s done his best to try and steer the ship, he’s fallen well short of expectations.

Edwards’ claim that Bruce is admired by the club’s new owners for the way he has conducted himself over this past year does at least show that PIF are mindful of the kind of tough situation that the Magpies have been in.

Sacking Bruce after acknowledging his work at St James’ Park seems like an honourable step as they look to move forward into a new era and fresh start, and fans are sure to be intrigued about what could come next now.

Meanwhile, Newcastle could sign this former Premier League star for free…

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