NEWCASTLE boss Steve Bruce took training with his squad on Thursday despite growing pressure following the takeover of the club.
The 60-year-old, who has been in charge of the Magpies since July 2019, is odds-on to be the next Premier League manager sacked.
Bruce took charge of training on Thursday amid huge goings on at the clubCredit: Getty
The takeover could put his job as manager at riskCredit: Getty
But Bruce looked upbeat despite the pressure he is currently underCredit: Getty
And those odds were slashed once more when the £300million Saudi takeover was officially completed.
The Toon Army currently sit 19th in the table with just three points from their opening seven games.
And while Bruce remains hopeful he can turn things around, he also admitted prior to their most recent loss that if the bad feeling around the club began to affect the players then he would start to consider his own position.
Speaking last week before their defeat to Wolves, he said: “To the detriment of the team? Well then you start looking at yourself, of course.
“But knowing the way I am, it’s not in my nature to walk away from something when we’re in a fight.
The former Sunderland manager took charge of training with his squadCredit: Getty
The players also appeared to be in buoyant moodCredit: Getty
It was a momentous day at St James’ Park but the players continued to train as normalCredit: Getty
“I’d be sick if I said I enjoyed it (the fan chants). The frustration is if you don’t get results then ultimately the head coach bears the brunt.
“I have to accept they haven’t been good enough.”
The Saudis who have taken over the club are said to be the richest football club owners in the world at £320billion.
But attention will now turn to Saudi Arabia’s human rights record.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman is the chair of the PIF and was implicated in approving the 2018 murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Gary Lineker tweeted: “Football fans want their clubs to succeed, but at what price? The dilemma facing NUFC supporters.”
While Amnesty International urged the Premier League to ‘overhaul their standards’ regarding human rights.
Their next fixture comes at home to Tottenham on Sunday, October 17Credit: Getty