Furious Steve Bruce explodes at journalists over Newcastle sack stories following takeover

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Steve Bruce made his feelings towards journalists known in his first press conference since the £305million Newcastle takeover was completed, hitting out at the stories speculating he would be sacked. Newcastle have now confirmed that Bruce will be in charge of Sunday’s Premier League clash with Tottenham at St James’ Park despite being tipped for the sack this week.

A whole host of names have been linked with the potential hot-seat including Brendan Rodgers, Paulo Fonseca, Graham Potter, Antonio Conte and Frank Lampard.

But Newcastle are not yet prepared to pull the trigger on Bruce as they want a replacement lined up first.

It means the 60-year-old will get the chance to manage his 1000th game as a manager but Bruce claims it’s not about him, more getting the new era off to the best possible start.

Bruce was as dignified as ever during his press conference but he soon became spiky when pushed for answers he felt he’d already given.

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When quizzed once again on his future and the prospect of the sack, Bruce snapped: “It hasn’t happened – what you all wanted.

“Let’s hope you are getting stick from the people in charge of your department.

“As I have said many times, you have to take what comes your way.

“I have tried to keep my dignity. But I hope you guys (journalists) are getting a slap from your bosses, getting a bit of heat.

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“Whoever it was feeding you information, they didn’t get it right.”

Bruce’s relationship with the media has soured throughout his tenure and he has had several run-ins with local reporters over stories that have been published regarding his team.

The Newcastle boss has vowed to continue fighting on and working to the best of his ability, even if his dismissal appears inevitable.

Earlier this week, Bruce held face-to-face informal talks with the new owners, who visited the training ground on Monday.

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He has revealed his future was not under discussion and the two parties instead discussed the squad ahead of this Sunday’s match.

“All week, it’s just been about the experience I’ve had over the last 20 years, to just do and go about your job the best you possible can until you hear different,” Bruce explained.

“After a brief 10-minute conversation with the new owners where we talked about the team and the new owners, we talked about injuries, the training ground, it was all very informal.

“They just said ‘carry on’ and I will just carry on until I hear otherwise. So that’s what I’ve done, that’s what we’ve been managed to do.

“I have to say, the players have trained magnificently well and we are all looking forward to Sunday now. Let’s hope we can get a result.”

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