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As a result, Bruce is in line for a budget of under £10m in an effort to improve his squad this summer.
Would Steve Bruce be happy with that?
That seems unlikely.
Given there is arguably a perception of Bruce being a man happy to work under the Ashley regime, it might be tempting to think that the 60-year-old would be happy with his lot. Still, reports in The Daily Telegraph earlier this month suggested his future could be dependant on what funds he is afforded to try and improve this team.
What are Newcastle looking for this summer?
Perhaps a period of penny-pinching was to be expected following the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic though, given this appears to be Ashley’s choice with the takeover in mind, surely it is not out of the question to want more money invested into the playing squad.
Joe Willock – who played a huge role in turning the season around – is understood to be valued at £20m which, while expensive, wouldn’t appear to be an unreasonable price to pay. Indeed, he’s someone who’s proven he can work in this team with huge sell-on potential given he is only 21.