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Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce. Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire.

Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce. Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire.

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Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce. Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire.

Newcastle head coach Steve Bruce is focusing all his attention on achieving a top-10 Premier League finish rather than the ongoing takeover saga.

The Magpies reached 38 points for the campaign with Sunday's 3-0 win over Sheffield United and will hope to break through the 40-point barrier when Aston Villa head for St James' Park this evening.

That would leave them within touching distance of the 44 and 45-point hauls Bruce's predecessor Rafael Benitez achieved during his two full top-flight seasons on Tyneside, and while the speculation off the field rumbles on, the 59-year-old is keeping his eyes on the target.

He said: "If I'm being brutally honest, I'm not really interested in it because I can't influence that. I'll hear something when probably you guys hear something.

"My job is just to remain focused and keep taking the club forward, and whatever is best for the club is OK with me.

"But my job at the minute is to make sure that were all focused on one thing, which is finishing the season off well, making sure we're a Premier League club.

"Now we've been given an opportunity to say, 'Can we finish in the top 10?'. That's got to be our challenge. That would be a wonderful achievement, and that's all I'm focused on at the minute."