Steve Bruce sends sack message to Mike Ashley as he gives view on Newcastle takeover

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Steve Bruce has insisted he won’t quit as Newcastle United manager amid pressure following the club’s dismal start to the season. Bruce has sent a clear message of intent to owner Mike Ashley, who seemingly still backs him to turn the Magpies’ fortunes around.

Newcastle are yet to win a match in all competitions this season and lie in 17th place in the Premier League.

Bruce’s side were also dumped out of the Carabao Cup at the first hurdle, losing on penalties at home to Burnley.

It has led to unrest among fans desperate for change in the dugout and on the board.

But in his pre-Wolves press conference, Bruce insisted he’s not going anywhere on his own accord just because of ‘noise’ among fans.

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He told reporters: “It helps [having the club’s backing]. There is no disputing that, but I can’t take it for granted. We have not won a game yet, and the work under pressure comes quickly no matter who you manage.

“Only two, three, four points separate the bottom of the division. The reassurances I had really helped last year after Brighton, the club making the stance that I was secure. But I can’t take it for granted.

“I think we have played well, performances have been decent, but we need to win a couple of matches and let the noise quieten down.

“100 per cent I am not going anywhere. I am not going to walk away from it. I have quit before to get another job, but not now just because it is a bit noisy.”

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Bruce also refused to use ongoing uncertain surrounding a club takeover as an excuse for his side’s poor results at the start of the season.

“There is nothing I can do about that [the takeover]. It is an ongoing saga,” Bruce explained.

“It was ongoing years before I arrived, and now two years on. My job is to win a football match and focus on the team and how we are going to play. That is the focus of my energies.

“If it benefits the club that a takeover happens, and it is good for Newcastle, then great, I only want the best for this club. If it means a takeover, great.

“I will never make it an excuse. Difficult at times, yes. It is reported on and it is boring. How many stories about a takeover. I just switch off from it.”

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A seven-day arbitration hearing will commence on January 3 to rule whether the club’s Saudi Arabia funded takeover can be resurrected.

Last summer, the Premier League rejected a bid worth £305million to buy Newcastle from PCP Capital Partners, the Reuben Brothers and the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia.

Current owner Ashley is vying to sell up, with the club releasing an official statement after the takeover stalled.

It read: “The club and its owners do not accept that Premier League chief executive Richard Masters and the Premier League have acted appropriately in relation to this matter and will be considering all relevant options available to them.

“Mike Ashley understands fans’ frustrations and would like to reassure them that he has been fully committed to ensuring this takeover process reached completion as he felt it was in the best interests of the club.

“Mike continues to be fully supportive to Steve Bruce, the players and all the staff and wishes them well for the upcoming [20/21] season.”

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