Mega-rich Newcastle ‘target Graham Potter to replace under-fire Steve Bruce’ after strong start to the season with Brighton… but Antonio Conte ‘has ruled himself OUT of taking charge’

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  • Brighton are currently in sixth place – just two points behind table-toppers Chelsea
  • Graham Potter has been praised for turning the team’s fortunes
  • Newcastle now has the world’s richest owners after Thursday’s acquisition
  • Steve Bruce admits his days at St James’s Park are numbered
  • Paulo Fonseca and Steve Gerrard are the other big names to be attached to the role
  • The Magpies are 19th with the joint-worst defense – and they have no victories to their name

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Graham Potter is reportedly one of the contenders to replace Steve Bruce at Newcastle.

The Brighton boss, whose side are currently just two points away from Premier League table-toppers Chelsea, has been widely praised for implementing a lucrative brand of football at Amex.

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He has maintained a strong defensive unit since taking over from Chris Houghton in May 2019, with results starting to match performances after finishing 15th and 16th in the last two campaigns.

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Graham Potter’s Brighton side has been the Premier League’s surprise package this season

Potter is now believed to have been added to the managerial shortlist by Newcastle’s new supporters

The Magpies have had a surreal few days as the Saudi-led consortium bought the club from deeply unpopular owner Mike Ashley for over £300 million and the new hierarchy has now been set up with a slew of goals to succeed current manager Bruce. Thinking about making a list. being considered among the potters, according to Sun.

Newcastle – now the richest club in the world – are currently languishing in the relegation zone and still looking for their first win this season, with Bruce admitting on the day of the takeover that he fears his time at St James’s Park Is finished.

However, minority shareholder Amanda Staveley did not publicly confirm that there would be a managerial change after meeting with her.

Former Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte is said to have pulled himself out of the race after being tied up with the job, while Paulo Fonseca and Steven Gerrard have also been mentioned in relation to the role.

Siegel is currently sixth on the table and two points behind table-toppers Chelsea

Siegel is currently sixth on the table and two points behind table-toppers Chelsea

Taking Potter away from the south coast could prove difficult, although he has a contract at Brighton until 2025, who is sixth in the table and the third-best defense in the division behind Thomas Tuchel’s men and Manchester City.

Bruce has been heavily criticized for his tenure by large sections of the Toon military since replacing Rafa Benitez in the summer of 2019.

The possession-lite style of football has bored supporters and an unexpectedly rich vein towards the back end of last season has temporarily masked the failures of the side, which has just three points to its name in this period and has scored 16. League goals conceded – the most in the combined-division.

On Tuesday, two days before the takeover was completed, the Newcastle United Supporters Trust (NUST) called for Bruce to resign and wanted the club to take swift action to sack him if his request was not heeded.

Steve Bruce admitted on takeover day that he fears his time at the club is over

Steve Bruce admitted on takeover day that he fears his time at the club is over

Newcastle are 19th on the table with three points to their name - and no wins so far this term

Newcastle are 19th on the table with three points to their name – and no wins so far this term

Jubilant Magpies fans wanted new owner – now they want Bruce to find a successor

Jubilant Magpies fans wanted new owner – now they want Bruce to find a successor

A statement read: ‘We asked our members whether they believe Steve Bruce should resign in the best interest of Newcastle United, and from over 5,000 responses, a whopping 94.3 percent said yes.

‘The board of NUST strongly encourages Newcastle United and manager Steve Bruce to listen to the fans. The discontent among our fanbase is completely justified.

‘Fan optimism is at a serious low and Newcastle United are in serious danger of being dropped for the third time under current owners.’

After applauding the arrival of new supporters, NUST and many Newcastle supporters will expect changes to the hotseat to follow soon.

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