Newcastle legend Alan Shearer discusses the club takeover
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Newcastle’s new Saudi-backed owners seemingly want Brendan Rodgers to help lead them in a new direction – but the Leicester boss has already made it clear how he feels about leaving the King Power Stadium. Steve Bruce is all set to reach his milestone 1,000th game as manager this weekend when Newcastle host Tottenham.
Little over a week ago, his position was under no serious threat despite a poor start to the season.
But the £305million takeover by the Saudi-led Public Investment Fund (PIF) has now placed Bruce in a precarious position.
Meetings have already taken place this week between Bruce and Amanda Staveley, although reports indicate they haven’t fully disclosed on what plans are in place for a possible change in the hotseat.
For now, Bruce has continued to take charge of training sessions and it looks increasingly likely that he will be in the dugout on Sunday.
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However, it’s been suggested that Newcastle are on the lookout for someone to replace Bruce as they seek to embark on a new journey.
According to transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio, Leicester boss Rodgers is their top choice.
It is claimed that Newcastle will have to fork out £13.5million to buy Rodgers out of his contract at Leicester, a measly sum for PIF who are estimated to be worth in the region of £320billion.
Newcastle’s new owners though may have a hard time convincing Rodgers to leave his current position.
The Northern Irishman has helped transform Leicester into a regular European outfit with back-to-back fifth-placed finishes in the Premier League.
And they won their first piece of silverware since that historic league ttile victory back in 2016 last season in the FA Cup.
There has been some disappointment from Rodgers though that they’ve missed out on Champions League qualification in the last two seasons.
Newcastle may well be able to offer him the money needed to build a squad capable of doing just that in a few years.
But Rodgers said at the end of last season that he has unfinished business with Leicester and is fully focussed on helping them secure a top-four finish.
“They have no worries about myself – I absolutely love it here at Leicester City,” he said back in May.
“I feel emotional now that we have just missed out but that motivates me even more to be here and to try to help the club and push them up towards that level.
“I’m bitterly disappointed, it hurts at the minute and probably will for a few days but I know when l look back over the season and reflect on what players have given I will have great pride in what they have achieved.
“We have just missed out at the very end but we created history and we keep making steps forward.
“We have been playing football for two years. When we started we were probably a mid-table team but now we are challenging the elite teams in the division and we can fight for trophies and we have won one.
“Huge effort and we have to take medicine but we will be ready to come back, push, fight again and have another push.”
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