Reality-struck Newcastle grand vision of relegation battle with Steve Bruce’s authority eroded – .

Reality-struck Newcastle grand vision of relegation battle with Steve Bruce’s authority eroded – .

During one of the many test points in Sunday’s game, new Newcastle United president Yasir Al-Rumayyan picked up his phone again. It will have to be recharged a lot over the next few weeks. The club’s controversial new owner has a lot of work to do, on and off the pitch.
They could do with some returned calls.The independent was briefed on how Amanda Staveley’s husband Mehrdad Ghodoussi tried to get in touch with a high profile manager last week, but was only short-term. The coach, in short, had no interest in working with this Newcastle as he is and was intrigued by the nature of the approach.

Circumstances like this were one of the main reasons Steve Bruce was still in charge of Sunday’s game against Tottenham Hotspur, which ended in ignominy from both ends of the pitch chanting ‘sacked in the morning’.

It was impossible not to feel sympathy for the 60-year-old. Newcastle supporters may find that similar feelings do not extend to their predicament. There was undeniable pleasure on the part of Spurs fans as their side had just arrived at Newcastle so easily and made them look like a scum.

It was a bit of a step away from the grand vision that Saudi ownership undoubtedly had for this team, but it may well delay its realization.

Newcastle are in real danger of falling apart – and that even allows for a change of direction and big signings.

The issues in and around the team are layered, some of them even more complicated by the takeover.

More immediately, the purchase further eroded the waning strength of the side. Bruce’s management deserves some fair criticism, but it’s also fair to say that he developed a capacity for relentlessness, which fulfilled the mandate of keeping a few teams in place.

Much of it was based on an old school authority that was bolstered among St James’ Park players by the knowledge that he was absolutely Mike Ashley’s man. The previous owner was never going to get rid of him, so that meant all players had to line up.

The nature of the water that trod this brought a lot of its own issues, but also arguably just enough durability to continue to stay put.

Newcastle United new chairman Yasir Al-Rumayyan (left) and Amanda Staveley before kick-off (Owen Humphreys / PA)

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It’s entirely possible that this was already happening this season, but the buyout made it certain. Bruce’s authority is gone.

The team know he will soon be sidelined. This fostered greater uncertainty among the players, fueling such a confusing day. It inevitably means a drop in focus, even if it’s subconscious.

Then there are the situations of the players themselves. They’ll know they’re almost as much-needed as Bruce. The new owners will ultimately want to upgrade every one of them – even Allan Saint-Maximin.

So the club have at least 11 before the January transfer window opens. These are not the usual ingredients for a good fit run.

Newcastle fans in Gallowgate End celebrate Callum Wilson’s first goal


And before even getting to the profile issues of the players they should want and will in turn want to go to Newcastle in January, there is the manager’s biggest question.

This is perhaps the most complicated situation, and this is why the hierarchy needs real clarity.

The problem again boils down to this tension between what Newcastle want to be and what they need right now.

Any idealized manager, such as a progressive coach who needs space and reach to implement a vision, may not be what they need for a relegation battle. This is all the more problematic as they clearly lack a football structure around the manager.

Any date should also quickly get used to this group.

It’s possible that the owners would end up choosing a survival specialist – some people in football have joked about it coming full circle and Sam Allardyce returning to the club – but even that would create additional uncertainty down the line, because they obviously want something Continued.

Tottenham put the brakes on Newcastle’s party

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Ghodoussi, who is said to have become very enthusiastic about getting into the glamor of football, would prefer a big name now.

There will be a certain level of spending in January, between £ 50 million and £ 200 million.

Chances are they will spend enough to get by. This is generally how it works. It was actually something Bruce and Ashley realized, that the team only has to be better – or more expensive – than three others.

But it can involve quite a bit of tension and tense emotions until safety is assured. It is also not strange that they are going down.

It is certainly not the grand vision that Staveley, Al-Rumayyan and the rest of the hierarchy will have imagined.


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