Steve Bruce makes ‘surprise’ Newcastle United takeover statement

Steve Bruce has waded in on the recent Newcastle United takeover developments - and revealed his thoughts on whether other Premier League clubs might have influenced the decision.

Newcastle United head coach Steve Bruce admits he would not be surprised if other Premier League clubs had attempted to block the Saudi-led takeover of the club.

This week a Competition Appeal Tribunal jurisdiction head the allegation from St James Holdings Limited QC Daniel Jowell that ‘other clubs’ and broadcaster beIN Sports were seen as exerting influence on the stalled takeover by the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia, Reuben Brothers and PCP Capital Partners.

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Wednesday’s hearing was watched by more than 33,000 people, most of whom were Newcastle United fans.

And Bruce was asked whether he was surprised by the idea of other top flight clubs muscling in?

He said: “Errr, would it surprise me? Erm, no. No, it wouldn’t surprise me, no. No. You wouldn’t want another big player on the patch, would you?

“So it wouldn’t surprise me, no.”

PCP director and takeover broker Amanda Staveley is reported to have claimed Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur were two clubs who have tried to block the deal.

When asked about that subject, Bruce admits his ignorance. He said: “Not a clue. I have got enough going on to get involved with all that.

“I was aware there was a hearing going on, but all I can concentrate on is Wolves. It is above my head.”