Newcastle’s owners have reportedly been left ‘confused’ over the future of manager Steve Bruce as he continues to take charge of training.
Bruce had been expected to be sacked when he met with co-owners Amanda Staveley and husband Mehrdad Ghoudoussi on Monday.
However, rather than be sacked, Bruce was asked to discuss his squad as well as his plans for taking the club forward.
According to The Telegraph, Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund are confused as to why Newcastle would sack their manager without a replacement for him.
The ultimate power, of course, lies with chairman Yasir Al-Rumayyan – who is yet to make a decision on Bruce – and not those based in the UK.
The same report says the mood and morale at St James’ Park has been affected by the uncertainty over the Newcastle managers future.
The new era at Newcastle is set to begin on Sunday when the Magpies play host to Tottenham, but it is still not known whether Bruce will be staying on or going.
Brendan Rodgers has been linked with taking over from Bruce, but the Leicester boss has pledged his loyalty to Leicester.
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Antonio Conte, Zinedine Zidane, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and former Borussia Dortmund boss Lucien Favre are some of the other names being linked with the job, but nothing has materialised as of yet.
For the time being, at least, Bruce remains as manager and could well be in charge come Sunday.
Newcastle will desperately be looking to turn their fortunes around under their new ownership, as they sit second bottom of the Premier League and are winless from the first seven matches.
The Magpies will travel to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace on October 23 and it is likely that a decision on Bruce will have been made by then.
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