Steve Bruce should remain in charge of Newcastle United for the first match club era led by Saudi Arabia .
Although Bruce expected to be sacked this week, he is set to preside over his 1000th game as club manager when Tottenham travel to St James 'Park on Sunday. It is almost certain that this will be their last substantive act at Newcastle before being sacked, but the owners have yet to identify a replacement and have decided that a 60-year-old man awaiting £ 7million deserved a worthy end to his tenure.
The general expectation was that the Newcastle manager would be sacked on Thursday, but at lunchtime the club announced that Bruce was scheduled to host a virtual press conference on Friday.
Amanda Staveley, the director responsible for the day-to-day management of Newcastle, first met Bruce when she did a visit to the training ground on Monday.
Staveley and her husband, Mehrdad Ghodoussi, were reportedly impressed by his behavior as he was offering his thoughts on a low, winless Premier League second team.
Although it remains possible that a figure is hopelessly unpopular with fans of Newcastle could prove to be an unwelcome guest at the party with a capacity of 52,000 - the crowd celebrates the controversial £ 300million takeover on Sunday, there is also a feeling that this could allow Bruce - who kepta team limited in the top spot over the past two seasons - ending their tenure on a relatively happy note.
Brendan Rodgers having made it clear that he Had no intention of leaving Leicester and Rafael Benitez unprepared to break contract at Everton to make an emotional return to St James 'Park, Newcastle owners are considering alternatives and attendance Bruce's continued saves them time.
The board's shortlist includes Lucien Favre, former Nice and Borussia Dortmund coach, and Frank Lampard, former responsible for Chelsea. Lampard, however, is not considered a favorite for a position for which Benitez had been lined up until he joined Everton this summer.
Bruce, who took over from Benitez in July 2019, accepted an exceptionally generous severance package while Mike Ashley,the former owner of Newcastle, was actively trying to sell the club. Negotiations on the precise amount of compensation he receives can be finalized when Yasir al-Rumayyan, the governor of PIF , the Saudi investment fund which has a majority stake in Newcastle, arrives in England before the Tottenham game.