Newcastle United’s takeover is expected to be announced today and an interesting claim has emerged…
According to Newcastle World journalist Liam Kennedy, Magpies managing director Lee Charnley is expected to be the first casualty of the change in ownership as the Saudi Arabian-led consortium takes over from Mike Ashley.
And he could soon be heading out the exit door with manager Steve Bruce, too.
The reliable reporter tweeted:
“Hearing Lee Charnley an early casualty of new regime, Steve Bruce likely to follow.”
Newcastle supporters have been left frustrated by this saga for well over a year now but at least it’s coming to a head today. And they will be delighted with this latest update, too.
Bruce lost the support of the St James’ Park faithful a very long time ago, largely due to his negative brand of football and their poor results in the Premier League over the last few seasons.
As relayed by the Daily Mail, nearly 96% of Newcastle United Supporters Trust members were not confident by their survival chances this season, with the side currently sat winless in 19th place.
In fact, 94.3% of members are in favour of Bruce leaving the Tyneside outfit and they have since urged the club to take action – well, they may not be waiting much longer.
“We want Brucie out” chants have been heard frequently, both at home and away from St James’ Park, whilst the fanbase have treated Charnley with the same discontent that they have with Ashley over the years.
He effectively runs United for the Sports Direct mogul.
“Ashley gets Charnley to do the things he doesn’t want to do and Charnley just does what Ashley tells him,” a figure who has worked for Newcastle on first-team matters told The Athletic earlier this year.
On the above evidence, those around St James’ Park will be absolutely ecstatic that the pair will soon be following Ashley out the door forever. Not only will they be getting the takeover that they’ve desperately craved, but they too, will rid themselves of Bruceball.
It’s certainly an exciting time to be a Newcastle fan and just in time for the January transfer window, too.