Bruce not interested in Newcastle takeover talks, targets top-10 finish

Steve Bruce says he is focused on steering Newcastle United to a top-10 Premier League finish and isn't concerned about a reported takeover of the club.

Steve Bruce

Steve Bruce's Newcastle is 13th on the Premier League table, two points shy of 10th-placed Arsenal.   -  Reuters

Steve Bruce says he is not interested in the progress of the proposed Saudi-back takeover of Newcastle United as he remains focused on leading his side to a top-10 Premier League finish.

A group with an expected 80 percent investment from Saudi sovereign wealth fund PIF have made a reported 300 million pound bid to buy Newcastle United from British businessman Mike Ashley.

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The club is awaiting the outcome of the Premier League's owners' and directors' test, with British media reporting that a decision could be made later this week.

“I'm brutally honest, I'm not really interested in it because I can't influence that,” Bruce told a news conference ahead of Newcastle's home match against Aston Villa on Wednesday.

“I'll hear something when probably you guys hear something. Whatever is best for the club is okay with me,” he added.

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Bruce's Newcastle, which sits 13th in the league standings, cruised to a 3-0 win over Sheffield United at the weekend to move within two points of 10th-placed Arsenal.

A potential ownership change puts Bruce's long-term future at St James' Park in doubt, with ex-Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino seen as top contender for the job next season.

But Bruce said his sole focus was on “taking the club forward”.

“My job at the minute is to make sure that we are all focused on one thing - finishing the season off well, getting the season finished and making sure we are a Premier League club,” he added.

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