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Super Eagles duo Joe Aribo and Leon Balogun may lose their Rangers coach Steven Gerrard to Newcastle fillers from the newly acquired club can reveal.

The Eagles duo are currently on national assignment with Eagles suffering a shock lone goal home defeat by Wild Beasts of Central African Republic on Thursday.

Gerrard and and former Chelsea coach Frank Lampard have been mentioned as possible replacement for Steve Bruce. Antonio Conte has also been mentioned ahead of post takeover restructuring to be expected in coming days and weeks.

£300m takeover of the north east club was completed few days back with a Saudi-led consortium ending Mike Ashley’s 14-year ownership of the Magpies.

The Premier League confirmed the takeover in a statement, saying it had received “legally binding assurances” that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will not control Newcastle United.

The investment group is led by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) and also comprises of PCP Capital Partners and RB Sports & Media.

Newcastle’s new owners are expected to replace Steve Bruce as head coach, but no decision has yet been made on when this might happen.

In the meantime, all eyes are now turning to just who the Magpies could sign when the January transfer window reopens for business at the start of next year:

Newcastle manager Steve Bruce appear to be preparing his mind as he reportedly told Sky Sports News he is fully aware that the new owners could seek a new head coach.

“I’m happy for the club that this has gone through. It’s a great night for the fans, I’m delighted for them,” Bruce added.

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“I want to continue (as manager) but I have to be realistic. I’m not stupid and aware what could happen with new owners.”I don’t have any plans to speak to Amanda that I’m aware of.”

Bruce is due to take charge of his 1,000th match against Spurs a week on Sunday.

He added: “If I don’t make 1,000 games against Spurs  you might say that can only happen to me. It’s not cruel, it’s just football.”


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