‘Change doesn’t always happen overnight’ - Amanda Staveley’s statement on Steve Bruce’s Newcastle United future

Amanda Staveley has made a statement about the future of Newcastle United head coach Steve Bruce.

Newcastle manager Steve Bruce looks on before the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Leeds United at St. James Park on September 17, 2021 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Amanda Staveley has revealed Steve Bruce WILL remain as Newcastle United head coach for this weekend’s Premier League clash with Tottenham Hotspur.

However, she has hinted change may well be just around the corner.

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In a statement released ahead of this afternoon’s pre-match press conference, Staveley lauded the professionalism of Bruce, but admitted change is likely, with the new owners following a carefully ‘considered plan and strategy’.

Newcastle United’s official statement

Newcastle United’s new director Amanda Staveley (L) and husband Mehrdad Ghodoussi (R) leave the foyer of St James’ Park in Newcastle upon Tyne in northeast England on October 8, 2021, after the sale of the football club to a Saudi-led consortium was confirmed the previous day.

Newcastle United can confirm that head coach Steve Bruce will take charge of Sunday’s Premier League fixture with Tottenham Hotspur and in doing so reach his 1,000th professional match as a manager.

Amanda Staveley said: “We have had an extremely busy week reviewing the business and getting to know people and it is imperative that we continue to be patient and considered in our approach. Change does not always happen overnight, it demands time and that we follow a carefully considered plan and strategy.

“We met Steve and the players on Monday and have given them the time and space this week to focus on preparing for what is a very important game on Sunday.

“Steve has been very professional in our dealings with him and he and his coaching team will take the team on Sunday. If we make any changes going forward, Steve will be the first to know but, in the meantime, we wish him the best of luck in his 1,000th match as a manager and will be joining you in getting right behind the team.

“Thank you for the warm welcome you have given us. We can’t wait to be at St. James’ Park with you.”

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