New Owners, Same Problems for Steve Bruce and Newcastle

Newcastle United’s era under its Saudi Arabian owners got off a losing start as the team lost 2-3 against Tottenham.

Things started well for the ‘Magpies’ when Callum Wilson scored after only two minutes into the game with the new non-executive chair Yasir Al-Rumayyan and part-owner Amanda Staveley watching from the stands.

Reality quickly struck as the Spurs scored twice in five minutes.

First, Tanguy Ndombele fired in a right-footed drive, before Harry Kane scored his first league goal of the season that was initially ruled out but after the VAR intervene, it was 2-1 for the guests.

Before the break, Tottenham extended their lead when Son Heung-min scored his fourth goal of the season.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side, who moved up to fifth place in the table, looked comfortable in the second half as the sights were on Newcastle’s manager Steve Bruce, with home fans calling for him to be sacked.

Eric Dier scored an own goal in the last minutes to make it 3-2 but that wasn’t enough for the hosts who are still winless after eight rounds.

After the match, all the heat was on Bruce. Asked if he will remain in the job, Bruce said:

“That is for other people to decide. Ever since I have walked into this club, it is difficult. I knew how difficult it was going to be with the frustrations.”

“I will carry on as best I can until I hear otherwise. The owners have conducted themselves respectfully since they came in. As long as I don’t hear otherwise, I will go into work tomorrow.”

It is worth noting that the game was suspended for 20 minutes near the end of the first half after a medical emergency in the stands.

Spurs player Sergio Reguilon appeared to spot the issue in the stands and asked the referee to stop the game while the fan received medical treatment.

The host team said that the fan in question has been stabilized and taken to the hospital.