Bruce backs Ashley’s ownership after collapse of Newcastle takeover

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Bruce backs Ashley’s ownership after collapse of Newcastle takeover

Newcastle head coach Steve Bruce has insisted owner Mike Ashley “only wants what’s best for the club” following the collapse of a takeover he believed could take them to the next level.

The sportswear tycoon was on Tyneside this week to meet summer signings Callum Wilson, Jamal Lewis, Ryan Fraser and Jeff Hendrick, having had to fund a recruitment drive he had hoped might fall to new owners.

He also took the opportunity to launch an angry broadside at the Premier League – which swiftly refuted his claims – over the role he believes it played in the withdrawal of Amanda Staveley’s Saudi-backed bid.



Asked about his conversations with Ashley on Wednesday, Bruce said: “To be fair to Mike, he only wants what’s best for the club. He was in quite a unique situation.

“It doesn’t look as if it’s happened so for me, it’s about getting on with business as usual and trying to do the best we can.”

Bruce, who has spent much of his 12 months or so at the helm looking over his shoulder as takeover speculation raged, will now turn his attention to and blooding his new boys.

Asked if he was glad that the off-field uncertainty appears to have been settled – for now at least – he said: “The one thing a takeover does is put everybody in a position of uncertainty. That’s never healthy.

“We’ve all said it would have been wonderful for the club. The owner thought it would take Newcastle to a different level because of the people involved, so that would have been exciting for the club.

“But it looks like it’s dead in the water, so my job now is to focus on the squad and the team and move on. If I look where we are now from where we were 12 months ago, the squad is stronger and better.”

Ashley took Bruce, his staff and the players out for dinner during his trip north, and whatever he told them appeared to have some impact with the club announcing on Friday morning that keeper Karl Darlow and midfielder Isaac Hayden had signed new five and six-year contracts respectively.

Darlow will play at the London Stadium with Martin Dubravka recovering from ankle surgery, while Wilson, Lewis, Fraser and Hendrick will all hope for debuts.

 

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Man Utd set to sign prospect from City in a £1.35m deal

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Man Utd set to sign prospect from City in a £1.35m deal

Man Utd are set to sign teenage prospect Charlie McNeill from rivals Man City, the PA news agency understands.

The 17-year-old is joining the red half of Manchester after scoring goals aplenty throughout the youth age groups for City.

United are set to pay an initial fee of just under £750,000 for McNeill, with the fee potentially rising to £1.35million if he triggers a variety of first-team clauses.



The teenager is understood to be attracted by the pathway to the Old Trafford first team and will initially link up with United’s Under-18s once the move has been ratified, having been between two category one academies.

United’s first team continue preparations for the new season on Saturday, when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men travel to Aston Villa for a friendly.

Mason Greenwood, , is understood to be doing individual training ahead of next Saturday’s opener against Crystal Palace and should be back with the group early next week.

But Paul Pogba is a doubt for the Eagles clash after missing France duty due to a positive Covid-19 test.

Solskjaer told club media: “Paul’s had a couple of training sessions so he’s lost out on a few sessions because of the virus, of course.

“But Paul is quick to get fit. Of course, he worked really hard to get back after lockdown last time and played the majority of the games.

“Hopefully, he’ll be ready for next weekend. I am not 100 per cent sure though.”

Axel Tuanzebe is set to miss the Palace opener but Luke Shaw should feature, with the left-back playing in United’s friendly at Villa on Saturday after recovering from an ankle injury that ruled him out of the end of 2019-20.

“For me, Luke is looking really good in training,” Solskjaer said. “He has come back, looking strong, and will play in the friendly against Villa.

“Then Axel is getting closer as well. In a few weeks’ time, I guess he will be with us training full-time and hopefully we’ll be able to give him games quickly.”

 

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