Newcastle boss Steve Bruce has said that he would “back himself” if given the chance to manage the club following a takeover from a wealthy, Saudi-backed consortium.
Bruce, who took over from Rafael Benitez at St James’ Park last summer, arrived into a fractious atmosphere but he has done a stellar job, with the Mapies currently 13th in the Premier League club with eight games remaining.
However, his long-term future is uncertain, amid speculation that a wealthy takeover backed by Saudi Prince Mohmed bin Salman could bring Benitez back to the club or see Mauricio Pochettino appointed.
Speaking to Sky Sports’ The Football Show, Bruce insisted that he would be “delighted” to steer Newcastle into a new era.
“We all aspire in management, we all aspire to be Pep (Guardiola), Jurgen (Klopp)… these great managers who’ve been a breath of fresh air to football,” the manager said.
“Jurgen Klopp coming into this country, you just have to applaud him for his tactics and the way Liverpool play.
“If it’s good for Newcastle, and the club are going to try to compete with these teams, to be part of it would be great. I would love to see it and I’d love to be part of it.
“I hope it’s where it goes, but in the meantime I’ll just crack on, wait, roll my sleeves up and get on with trying to get some results to try and get the club going forward.
“If that happens for Newcastle in the future, then great – I’d be delighted. You do get labelled in the game, and that’s why I enjoyed my time managing in the Championship. I’d back myself against most people in that division.
But 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. I’d back myself, of course I would.
“Management, 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.
“Whether that’s ever going to be the case, who knows?”
The proposed takeover is currently awaiting the result of the Premier League’s managers and directors’ test and Bruce has said he remains “in the dark” about its progress.
“I have a wonderful working relationship with Lee Charnley and he told me, ‘when there’s something to tell you, Steve, I’ll tell you’.
“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. It’s not worth talking about it as I really don’t know.”
In other news, Newcastle have been linked with a move for Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez.