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Sunday 20 October 2019

Boss Bruce shuts out takeover talks

Steve Bruce
Steve Bruce

Newcastle head coach Steve Bruce is refusing to be distracted by fresh takeover talks as he prepares for tomorrow's Premier League trip to Leicester.

Reports claiming that former Manchester United and Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon is attempting to buy the club from current owner Mike Ashley for a second time, once again with financial backing from the United States, surfaced late on Thursday night.

No bid has yet been tabled and sources on Tyneside are treating the latest reports with extreme scepticism after a series of aborted moves to relieve Ashley of the club in recent years. Asked about the speculation at his pre-match press conference, Bruce said: "Until (head of media) Lee (Marshall) briefed me this morning, it was news to me and it's not something I can comment on. Lee informed me there was something breaking last night, but I haven't heard anything to the contrary.

"I can't influence anything like that. The only thing I can influence is how we play on a Saturday - or Sunday in this particular week. That's the only thing I can really focus on."

Bruce has seen it all before and is simply getting on with his job.

He said: "You have to get used to it. It's happened to me before - it's happened to me three or four times. It's something you get used to. This club in particular, there's always speculation surrounding it and it's never happened, so watch this space."

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