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Club officials braced for announcement: NUFC evening update

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Officials at Newcastle United are understood to be braced for a conclusion to the latest takeover saga.

Elsewhere, Rob Elliot has given the dressing room perspective on the potential change of ownership.

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Newcastle United officials are understood to be braced for the conclusion of the club's long-running takeover saga.

As reported by the Chronicle yesterday, the Premier League have not found any red flags on the club's owner's and director's test despite a fresh spate of protests and concerns from those who oppose the Middle East takeover proposal.

Talk of concerns from rival Premier League clubs has been dismissed as top-flight rivals do not have any say over the owner's and director's test, something even the government have stated twice now is down to those who run English football's elite division.

It is now expected that top-flight chiefs will give the deal the green light and it would then by over to Amanda Staveley, the Reuben brothers and Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund to transfer the funds to Mike Ashley's account.

Once that crucial hurdle has been overcome it would be down to Newcastle - not the Premier League - to make an announcement under new ownership.

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Former Newcastle United boss Steve McClaren believes Steve Bruce is in the 'driving seat' to sell his vision to the Magpies' would-be owners.

Club officials are braced for a conclusion to the takeover saga which has dragged on for months, as the Premier League has found no red flags on their owner's and director's test so far.

Former Newcastle United boss Steve McClaren (left); and current Magpies' head coach Steve Bruce (Image: Getty Images)

Speculation has mounted over Bruce's future at St James' Park under the would-be owners, and the head coach broke his silence on the rumours this week.

However, McClaren believes the club's results this season - which has seen them reach the FA Cup quarter final for the first time in the Mike Ashley era - means Bruce is in the 'driving seat' to sell a vision for the club.

Read More Related Articles Elliot on takeover impact

Newcastle United players know nothing about the club's prospective takeover because 'the last thing clubs want are any distractions' but Rob Elliot admits 'our futures could change drastically' if new owners come in.

Goalkeeper Rob Elliot throws the ball into play (Image: Newcastle United via Getty Images)

The players, who returned to training at Benton in small groups with social distancing this week, are none the wiser as Elliot reiterated in an Instagram live Q&A with The One Glove.

Read More Related Articles Time for cans?

It's time for Newcastle United fans to finally crack open the cans and celebrate the takeover.

Newcastle sub Michael Chopra celebrates after his equalising goall during the Barclays Premiership match between Sunderland and Newcastle United at The Stadium of Light on April 17 2006

That's according to former Magpies striker Michael Chopra, who believes the deal ending Mike Ashley's turbulent tenure on Tyneside has been completed.

Read More Related Articles Brazil on new manager

TalkSPORT presenter Alan Brazil is hopeful Steve Bruce will be afforded the opportunity to lead Newcastle United into an exciting new era.

Speculation over Bruce's future has grown with former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino reportedly being eyed up for the St James' Park hotseat.

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Former Arsenal great Ray Parlour believes Newcastle's prospective new owners will look to change manager as they look to establish themselves as a 'giant of a club'.

Arsenal legend Ray Parlour (Image: 2019 Getty Images)

Bruce said earlier this week that he 'would love to be a part of' Newcastle's new dawn but former England midfielder, Parlour, believes the new regime will appoint a new manager.

Read More Related Articles Given on painful exit

Enough was enough for Shay Given. It's rare a goalkeeper is a man of the match contender after his side have shipped five goals, but it could have been so much worse had the Ireland international not made a series of remarkable saves to single-handedly keep Liverpool at bay in the opening half hour of Newcastle United's clash against the league leaders in December, 2008.

Given certainly did not take any positives from that, though. In fact, that 5-1 defeat at St James' Park, one of the lowest moments of the shot-stopper's career, proved a tipping point as the Magpies hovered above the relegation zone.

Shay Given returned to St James' Park for Newcastle United's game against Leicester City in December, 2017

This was not what Given had signed up for when he penned a new long-term contract two-and-a-half years previously. A few days after that Liverpool humiliation, Given released a statement through his solicitor, Michael Kennedy, which stated he 'felt compelled to consider his position'.

Kennedy and Given would soon attend a meeting with Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias, Newcastle's managing director, at the club's training ground. Once the quartet exchanged pleasantries, Given left the negotiations in the hands of his solicitor and sat in his car.

When the meeting finished and Kennedy lowered himself into the passenger's seat, he told his client the proposed contract was 'not a serious offer in any way, shape or form'.

Read More Related Articles Ritchie on life after lockdown

Matt Ritchie has offered some in-depth insight to life after lockdown at Newcastle United - insisting that Toon players now find themselves in a "privileged position".

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: Matt Ritchie of Newcastle United reacts during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Arsenal FC at St. James Park on August 11, 2019 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images) Read More Related Articles

The winger and his team-mates are currently in phase one of Project Restart with the squad split into small groups and training in separate corners of Benton's training ground.

Premier League balls are sprayed regularly with disinfectant causing them to affect the touch of the players but Ritchie is not complaining.

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