Steve Bruce gives verdict on Newcastle’s failed takeover and the impact on club

Newcastle manager has opened up on his disappointment at the club’s failed Saudi takeover, but defended current owner Mike Ashley.

The Toon were subject to a huge bid from a Saudi-backed consortium that could have seen them become the richest club in the Premier League.

However, the bid fell through after coming under scrutiny, leaving controversial owner Ashley still at the head of the boardroom.

And Bruce admitted that while it was a move that would have taken the club to the next level, he’s still firmly behind Ashley being his boss.

Bruce explained: “Mike wants the best for the club. It could only benefit the club, take the club into a different… compete at the top end, top six.

“It catapults you into a different scenario. But it looks like it is dead in the water.

“But it doesn't look as if it has happened. For me it is business as usual. From 12 months ago we are better, the squad is stronger.

“Newcastle is always in a storm! We are working our way through it.

“There has been uncertainty.”

Business tycoon Ashley has delivered some big transfers so far this summer, recruiting Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser from Bournemouth, as well as Norwich’s Jamal Lewis.

And Bruce says Ashley has “flexed his muscles” in the market recently to show he’s still committed to the club.

He added: “The owner wanted to come and meet his new players this week. He comes up once in a while and takes everyone out to dinner.

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“Sometimes the manager needs help and over the last week he has flexed his muscles a bit which was good to see. He is the boss, the owner. We went out to dinner. It was great.

“It is important (to have a relationship with Ashley). Most important is the manager and the CEO. There is nothing like needing help like we did last week, then three our four walk through the door like we have got.”

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