Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce says has no idea where the proposed Saudi-backed takeover of the Premier League club has reached.

The Englishman’s future at the club is uncertain but hopes the new owners of the club will let him stay on the job.

“I have a wonderful working relationship with (Newcastle managing director) Lee Charnley and he told me, ‘when there’s something to tell you, Steve, I’ll tell you’,” Bruce told Sky Sports television on Thursday.

“We’ve left it at that and gone back to work. I’m in the dark like most other people, and for that, I’m glad, really, because I can’t comment on it.”

Previous media reports had indicated that he would have been in charge of the club until summer before a new manager is b brought in. 

Among candidates lined up to take over from Bruce include Rafa Benitez and former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino.

The Saudi sovereign wealth fund PIF have made a reported £300 million bid to buy the Magpies from businessman Mike Ashley.

Bruce said he would like to see Newcastle given the resources to challenge the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool.

“To be in a position where you’re actually challenging, and you have a good enough team as Newcastle did in 1995 and under Sir Bobby Robson as well, then it would be wonderful,” said Bruce. “I’d back myself, of course I would.

“Whether you’re managing in the lower division or you’re right at the top, it’s about getting the best out of what you’ve got. And if you can do that, I’d back myself to have a crack at it. I’d be confident that I’d be able to do it.”

Newcastle are 13th in the league with matches suspended.


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