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Newcastle takeover: Players in ‘horrible situation’ as £300m deal sits in limbo | Football | Sport


Newcastle’s players and Steve Bruce have been left in a ‘horrible situation’ as they wait for news regarding the proposed £300million takeover. That is the view of former Scotland and Aston Villa defender Alan Hutton.

There is anxiety in Tyneside over the prolonged nature of the £300million deal which was agreed in April between the owner Mike Ashley and a Saudi-led consortium.

The takeover has faced strong opposition due to concerns over the involvement of the Saudis but a decision is finally set to come ‘shortly’, according to Premier League chief Richard Masters.

Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles recently held talks with Ashley on behalf of the players to discuss the deal while Bruce has spoken of his desire to remain in charge.


However, until a decision is announced, uncertainty reigns Newcastle and Hutton feels it is a tough time for all involved.

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Hutton told Football Insider: “It’s difficult, real difficult for Steve Bruce to deal with.

“Probably every day in the press there’s a new story about a new manager or a player or whatever with the takeover.

“It really puts you off your game a little bit so I’m sure they want it cleared up as soon as possible, just so they can get on with things – whether there’s a new manager or whatever, just so they can move forward.


“It’s just a horrible situation to be in so I do feel for them, especially for Steve Bruce. I do believe he deserves a chance if they do get the takeover.

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“Hopefully, it happens soon for everyone involved – it will be there all day, every day, when he goes to his bed he’ll be thinking about it.”

Speaking on Tuesday, Bruce made clear that whatever happens with the takeover, he wants to stay at St James’ Park.

“As I’ve repeatedly said, whatever’s best for Newcastle, I’m okay with it,” said Bruce.

“If that’s the best thing for Newcastle to move forward, then that’s okay with me.

“Will I be Newcastle manager next year? I sincerely hope so.

“I really have enjoyed the challenge of this great club of ours, so I can only plan ahead, presume and make sure that we still do the work we were going to do.

“How are we going to come back, when are we going to come back? All of those things.

“Then, of course, when the transfer window opens, what can we do to improve the squad going forward? I’ll just carry on, soldier on and get on with it.”

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