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Incoming Newcastle owners won't axe Bruce - yet

Steve Bruce will be given to the end of this season to prove himself to Newcastle United's new owners.

Sky Sports says Max Allegri, Mauricio Pochettino and former Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez are among a number of leading names touted as potential replacements for Bruce once the takeover passes the relevant mandatory checks in the coming weeks.

However, those involved in the takeover have not approached a potential new manager and feel Bruce should be given at least until the end of the season to stake his claim.

Within the organisation there is a realisation that Financial Fair Play rules will curb the desire to land a host of landmark multi-million-pound signings.

With all contractual issues between the two sides completed and the Owners' and Directors' test well underway at the Premier League, it is thought the takeover at St James' Park could be completed as early as the end of April.

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