sport news Newcastle: Steve Bruce will face the media despite job as Magpies boss hanging ...

sport news Newcastle: Steve Bruce will face the media despite job as Magpies boss hanging ...
sport news Newcastle: Steve Bruce will face the media despite job as Magpies boss hanging ...

Steve Bruce will face the media on Friday afternoon where he will be questioned over his Newcastle future ahead of the club's first game under the new Saudi owners.

Sportsmail understands Bruce will be sacked before Sunday's Premier League clash with Tottenham, with Lucien Favre and Rangers boss Steven Gerrard among those linked with succeeding him.

However, the club issued an operations notice on Thursday to say that Bruce would attend a media briefing on Friday afternoon.

Steve Bruce will face the media 48 hours before Newcastle take on Tottenham on Sunday

Steve Bruce will face the media 48 hours before Newcastle take on Tottenham on Sunday 

Club issued an operations notice on Thursday saying Bruce would face the media on Friday

Club issued an operations notice on Thursday saying Bruce would face the media on Friday

Sportsmail reported last week that the 60-year-old would be leaving the club in light of the Saudi-led takeover, and that his pay-off stands at £8million. Talks are still ongoing over the terms of his exit.

Amanda Staveley and her advisors have a shortlist within a longer list of names identified as his replacement, but that appointment could take some time to finalise. 

Favre, 63, has been out of work since leaving Dortmund last December and turned down an offer from Crystal Palace in June, but it is thought he is now ready to return to management. 

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has also been linked with the job, but the Northern Irishman will resist offers from the Magpies — as he is in the frame to replace Pep Guardiola as manager of Manchester City in 18 months’ time, as exclusively revealed by Sportsmail.

The sacking of Bruce is the first major decision new director Amanda Staveley (left) and the new Saudi-led consortium have made, Sportsmail understands

The sacking of Bruce is the first major decision new director Amanda Staveley (left) and the new Saudi-led consortium have made, Sportsmail understands

Former Borussia Dortmund coach Lucien Favre is being considered as Bruce's replacement

Former Borussia Dortmund coach Lucien Favre is being considered as Bruce's replacement

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard is also among the potential candidates to replace Bruce

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard is also among the potential candidates to replace Bruce

Sources have confirmed that the Leicester boss would feature on a shortlist to succeed Guardiola at the end of next season. He has admirers at the Etihad and was discussed as a replacement for Roberto Mancini in 2013. 

However, there is a feeling that making a move for a rival top-flight boss would be politically disruptive at this stage of their ownership, even though some have said he is the best man for the role.

Rodgers won the FA Cup last season but is said to have one or two grumbles over decisions at Leicester, specifically regarding recruitment. Sportsmail also understands his wife is keen to return to the North West.

Assistant head coach Graeme Jones is set to be put in temporary charge for the sell-out clash with Spurs live on television. Sources say the new owners have realised that to leave Bruce in place for Sunday’s game risks spoiling what promises to be a jubilant atmosphere.

Brendan Rodgers will resist interest from Newcastle as he is in the frame to at Man City

Rodgers’ name has been part of the conversation among Newcastle’s new owners (pictured: new Newcastle director Amanda Staveley)

Brendan Rodgers (left) will resist interest from Newcastle as he is also in the frame at Man City 

Leicester boss would feature on a shortlist to succeed Pep Guardiola at the end of next season

Leicester boss would feature on a shortlist to succeed Pep Guardiola at the end of next season

They have also spoken to several in and around the club and know that an immediate change would aid the team, who are winless and second bottom of the Premier League table. The players return to training this morning after three

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