Bruce Remains Focused On Pitch Matters

Bruce Remains Focused On Pitch Matters

Magpies manager Steve Bruce has insisted he will not allow anyone at the club to be distracted by the latest chapter in Newcastle’s takeover saga. Former Manchester United and Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon, with the support of United States-based backers, has launched a second bid to buy the club after failing to do so last year.

Newcastle have not commented but club officials are regarding the latest claims with extreme scepticism having seen a series of potential buyers fall by the wayside in recent years.

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As he conducted his pre-match press conference ahead of Sunday’s Premier League trip to Leicester, Bruce made it clear he was planning to carry on regardless until he is told any different.

He said: “It’s got nothing to do with me. I’m not really bothered about it. I’ve been involved with them before. It’s something I can’t really influence. I don’t know anything. You the media find out before me. “It’s an ongoing saga, isn’t it? Until its bona fide, I think people are saying, ‘Here we go again’.

It’s not going to influence me. I can’t influence that. “The only thing I can influence hopefully we can play better than we did last Saturday.” In the meantime, Bruce will concentrate on improving upon performance in last Saturday’s 0-0 home draw with Brighton which fell far, far short of expectations.

A trip to in-form Leicester is not going to be easy for a team who failed to create much at all last week at home to the Seagulls. Miguel Almiron, a £21million signing from Atlanta United in January, was brought in to add some goals and flair to the side but he has yet to produce, although Bruce says he is not about to leave him out and expects him to come good soon.

The head coach said: “I haven’t thought about him coming out of the team because I think he’s a very, very good player. I’ve got to stick with him because hopefully he will get a goal and that will turn things around a bit.”

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