Football: Newcastle say Steve Bruce will stay in charge for milestone game

Speculation has been rife that Steve Bruce will no longer be in charge of Newcastle after the club's takeover by a Saudi Arabian-backed consortium. PHOTO: REUTERS

NEWCASTLE (REUTERS) - Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce will be in charge this weekend against Tottenham Hotspur, the English Premier League club said on Friday (Oct 15), allowing him to reach his 1,000th professional match as a manager.

Speculation has been rife that he will no longer be in the role after the club was taken over by a consortium dominated by Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund but the club's new director Amanda Staveley said the new owners would be patient.

"Change does not always happen overnight, it demands time and that we follow a carefully considered plan and strategy," Staveley said in a statement ahead of Sunday's game.

"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."

Newcastle are 19th in the standings after seven matches and have yet to win a game this season.

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