North East UK news Mike Ashley makes Steve Bruce decision as new transfer link emerges MetiNews.Com
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Breaking News ! This is your Newcastle United digest for January 14. Mike Ashley won't act - yet Steve Bruce is under pressure from supporters but the club's hierarchy is not going to make a change - partly due to the takeover status. Lee Ryder reports that the United owner hasn't thought about a change of manager yet despite the poor run of form. Bruce's remit remains to keep the club in the Premier League and with an eight point cushion to the bottom three, there's no panic in the corridors of power yet. Read More Related Articles The hope of a Newcastle takeover might force Mike Ashley's hand when it comes to Steve Bruce's future Read More Related Articles Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley can't ignore the Steve Bruce warning signs forever The ongoing takeover saga is also making the club reluctant to pay out compensation, while briging in a new manager with uncertainty over the future is seen as treacherous. But, adds Ryder, that could change if Newcastle's Premier League position is under serious peril. In a further piece detailing what is happening behind the scenes, he revealed the players had a day off on Wednesday as the team licked their collective wounds. You can read that here. Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley and (clockwise from top right) Steve McClaren, Rafa Benitez, Steve Bruce, Alan Pardew, Chris Hughton and Sam Allardyce Further takeover revelations Andrew Musgrove reported on the Foreign Office confirming two meetings with the Premier League over the proposed Newcastle takeover - which prompted questions from MPs about Government interference.
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"It doesn't look like it was just a matter for the Premier League but one for the Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO) too. "It doesn't stand up - if you've told them that it is a matter for them then why have a meeting with the FCO and then have enough meeting with the FCO? Surely at the first meeting, the FCO would have been telling the Premier League 'this is a matter you.' "Why have a second meeting?" Newcastle linked with Andy Delort - as Ciaran Clark contract conclusion nears Montpellier striker Andy Delort has been linked with a move to Newcastle in the French media - with a possible £14million move touted. The Algeria striker would certainly add some firepower and Wolves have also been linked with the forward but the reports look very fanciful. As it stands, United aren't looking likely to add substantial numbers of signings and only loan moves look likely with finances crunched due to the pandemic that has halted so many revenue streams. The Telegraph also claimed Ciaran Clark is close to a new deal at Newcastle, a move that Steve Bruce first mentioned last week. Clark is one of several first teamers out of contract at the end of the season.
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