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Newcastle sack head coach Steve Bruce following club’s £305m takeover by Saudi-led consortium

Newcastle United’s new owners have sacked head coach Steve Bruce.

Bruce was expected to be replaced after the Saudi Arabian-backed consortium, led by the Public Investment Fund (PIF), completed a £305m takeover of Newcastle on October 7.

The 60-year-old remained in charge for the 3-2 defeat to Tottenham – his 1,000th match as a manager – with non-executive chairman Yasir Al-Rumayyan and director Amanda Staveley watching on at St James’ Park.

The defeat left Newcastle second bottom of the Premier League and winless after their opening eight games of the campaign.

Newcastle said the process of recruiting a new head coach is under way, and Sky Sports News understands former Roma boss Paulo Fonseca has emerged as a contender.

Graeme Jones will lead the team on an interim basis, starting with Saturday’s trip to Crystal Palace.

Paulo Fonseca has been named as Tottenham's new head coach
Former Roma coach, Paulo Fonseca is a contender to replace Bruce

“I am grateful to everyone connected with Newcastle United for the opportunity to manage this unique football club,” said Bruce, who guided the club to 13th and 12th- place finishes in his two years in charge.

“I would like to thank my coaching team, the players and the support staff in particular for all their hard work. There have been highs and lows, but they have given everything even in difficult moments and should be proud of their efforts.

“This is a club with incredible support, and I hope the new owners can take it forward to where we all want it to be. I wish everyone the very best of luck for the rest of this season and beyond.”

The PIF, worth £700bn, owns an 80 per cent share in the club after completing its takeover from Mike Ashley.

Newcastle director Amanda Staveley admits the Premier League title is a long-term target for the club’s new owners

In a statement prior to Sunday’s game, Newcastle director Amanda Staveley said the club wanted to be “patient and considered” in their approach and that “change doesn’t happen overnight”.

Staveley is a chief executive at PCP Capital Partners, who are part of the investment group, along with the Public Investment Fund (PIF) and RB Sports & Media.

Credit: Sky Sports

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