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McClaren on why Bruce is in the 'driving seat' with would-be NUFC owners

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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.

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.

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McClaren told talkSPORT: "He's done a good job. He's stabilised them.

"He's got them playing a system which is not attractive, but has got them results with limited resources.

"He's in the driving seat to say right, put me in front of these new owners and I'm going to sell a dream and a vision for this football club for the next five years.

"This is what's been going on, this is what I've seen can improve. These are the players that can improve us, what budget have we got?

"He's in the driving seat and I would say what a fantastic opportunity Steve Bruce has got now."

The Magpies sit 13th in the Premier League table - eight points clear of the relegation zone - but have faced criticism for their style of play and troubles in front of goal.

McClaren feels sympathy for the current Magpies' head coach - citing his own short-lived spell in charge which led to United's relegation in 2016 - and believes a takeover could see a return to the entertaining football he believes fans crave.

The former United boss added: "I've been there with no strikers, and it's a struggle and it's hard week in, week out. It's hard to manage in that climate.

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"If I've got a new owner coming it with money, all of a sudden I'm so excited about the future, and I've got to sell that vision to the new owners.

"I want this, I want that, I want to fill the stadium. To do that, we've got to put players on the park who can entertain that crowd because that's what Newcastle is.

"Ginola, Asprilla - that's the kind of football team that they want, and they haven't had it for years and years because of budget resources not being there.

"If they've got the budget - wow, what that club can do. It must be exciting and Steve must be looking forward to it."




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