Steve Bruce will be sacked as Newcastle manager within days – and pick up £8m pay-off – as new owners don’t want his presence to spoil their first game in charge… and mega-rich Saudis eye Favre, Gerrard and Rodgers among potential replacements 

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  • Steve Bruce will be sacked as Newcastle boss this week sportsmail has learned
  • The 60-year-old will be ousted by Magpie’s new owners for his first game
  • Bruce is owed £8m in fee payment after the club terminated his deal
  • Saudi-led union is discussing Lucien Favre as a replacement option
  • Brendan Rodgers and Steven Gerrard are also being considered for the role.

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Steve Bruce will be sacked this week after Newcastle bosses learn that his appearance in their opening game against Spurs could have a negative impact.

Sportsmail reported last week that the 60-year-old would be leaving the club in light of the Saudi-led takeover, and that his payout is £8 million.

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Negotiations will now begin on the exact terms of his exit, but Bruce’s fate has been decided.

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Steve Bruce will be sacked as Newcastle manager by the club’s new owners this week

Bruce's dismissal is the first major decision by new director Amanda Staveley (left) and the new Saudi-led union.

Bruce’s dismissal is the first major decision by new director Amanda Staveley (left) and the new Saudi-led union.

Amanda Staveley and her advisors have a shortlist on a long list of names to be identified as their replacements, but it could take some time to finalize that appointment.

We understand that former Borussia Dortmund boss Lucien Favre is one of the people under consideration, along with Leicester’s Brendan Rodgers and Rangers boss Steven Gerrard. Current assistant head coach Graeme Jones is set to be placed in temporary charge for a sell-out clash with Spurs live on television.

Sources say the new owners have realized that leaving Bruce in situ for Sunday’s game risks spoiling what promises to be a happy environment.

Former Borussia Dortmund coach Lucien Favre is being considered as Bruce's replacement

Former Borussia Dortmund coach Lucien Favre is being considered as Bruce’s replacement

Leicester's Brendan Rodgers (right) and Rangers' Steven Gerrard are also being discussed

Leicester’s Brendan Rodgers (right) and Rangers’ Steven Gerrard are also being discussed

He has also spoken to many people in and around the club and knows that an immediate change will help the team, who are ranked second in the Premier League.

Players return to training this morning after three days off and Stavley prepares to visit the training ground for the first time this week.

However, their priority is to identify key appointments to positions such as chief executive and sports director, as well as manager. Only then can they move forward with concrete recruitment plans before the January transfer window, when the money will be spent.

Bruce, 60, has been in charge of the Magpies since the start of the 2019-20 season

Bruce, 60, has been in charge of the Magpies since the start of the 2019-20 season

Newcastle fans were delighted with the club's £305m takeover, which was scrapped last week

Newcastle fans were delighted with the club’s £305m takeover, which was scrapped last week

And with the team’s place at a premium – with 25 slots already filled – there is a clear possibility of many players being left out for the rest of the season. This prospect may encourage some people to increase their performance between now and the new year.

Meanwhile, current managing director Lee Charnley may hold on to a slightly longer than initially anticipated brief handover after meeting with the new owners on Friday.

He has an in-depth knowledge of the club and its workings and, while viewed by supporters as Mike Ashley’s man, is still valued as a good operator.

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