teve Bruce toppled those who expected him to be sacked by Newcastle’s new owners as he defiantly prepared to lead the Toon into a new era.
The Saudi-led consortium that succeeded Mike Ashley is expected to pour hundreds of millions of pounds into the team to build a more mobile range than the one forged by its previous owner.
A number of pundits, fans and members of the press expect Bruce not to be part of the rebuild – although the 60-year-old kept his job to reach 1,000 games in management this week. -end against Tottenham.
Speaking ahead of Sunday’s game, he called on those who predicted his sacking by Newcastle’s new owners.
“It’s not about me personally,” Bruce said, “I’ve tried to keep my respect and dignity which has probably served me well over the past 20 years.
“It was difficult, of course. But I hope [those predicting my exit] are now getting a slap in the face from your bosses to say, “You haven’t done your job.” Whatever your source, she misunderstood.
The Saudi investment fund that took a majority stake in the club is one of the wealthiest such organizations in the world and will have its eyes on big prizes in the not-so-distant future.
Bruce, who has never won a major trophy as a manager but has won several as a player, hopes he can lead the new era in the long run.
“Who wouldn’t want to try? I’m not going to give up on that hope, ”Bruce continued.
“Who wouldn’t want this work to move forward now, as it is, what it will look like in the future?”
“I definitely would and I’m sure there are hundreds who would like to do the same. There are exciting times ahead for the club, that’s for sure. “
Excitement building in the northeast for Sunday’s game will hit the buffers if Tottenham can take the three points from St James’ Park. But Bruce called on Toon’s loyalists to lead their team to victory.
“It will be a ridiculous atmosphere, which we all look forward to,” he said. “And as always, whatever they think of me, the most important thing for them is to see their team win a game.
“I know they’ll be right behind the team in an atmosphere that I doubt we’ve seen at St. James’ Park for a long, long time.
“I hope the team – who have been training really well all week and really, really focused on the work at hand – can go out and play and win the game.”