Steve Bruce 'given assurances' over Newcastle United future, Clubs tipped to rival Toon for Arsenal's Joe Willock

Steve Bruce has been given assurances that he will remain as Newcastle United head coach next season.

Wednesday, 19th May 2021, 2:04 pm
Newcastle United head coach Steve Bruce. (Photo by STU FORSTER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

That’s according to Football Insider, who claims the 60-year-old has been informed that his job is safe under Mike Ashley.

The only way the former Manchester United defender’s future will become uncertain is if the Amanda Staveley-brokered takeover is approved.

Ashley is currently involved in a legal battle with the Premier League, who failed to pass the £305million deal through the owners’ and directors’ test.

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Joe Willock tipped to attract plenty of interest

Former Newcastle winger Keith Gillespie believes his former club won’t be the only team eyeing Joe Willock this summer.

Bruce wants to sign the 21-year-old permanently from Arsenal after scoring six goals in 12 appearances so far.

It remains unclear whether the Gunners want to keep Willock or offload him at the end of the season. If it is indeed the latter then Gillespie expects a number of clubs to be queuing up for his signature.

He told The Transfer Tavern: “I wouldn’t be surprised if there are other clubs interested if he is made available for transfer.

"For me, I just thought he was getting let out on loan to get a little bit of experience by (Mikel) Arteta, so I don’t know whether they’ll be willing to let him go or not. He looks a really, really good player.”

Meanwhile, Willock could make Premier League history tonight against Sheffield United.

After finding the net in his last five appearances, a goal versus the Blades will make him the youngest player (21y 272d) to score in six consecutive EPL appearances.