'It's dragging on and on!': Steve Bruce reacts to Newcastle United takeover delay

Steve Bruce has given his view on the delay to the takeover of Newcastle United.
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The Premier League has been considering a proposed £300million deal since April amid objections from beIN Sports and Amnesty International.

And fans are impatiently waiting for a decision on the takeover, which would be 80% funded by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund.

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However, the 59-year-old has hinted at his own frustration at the uncertainty ahead of this evening’s behind-closed-doors game against second-bottom Aston Villa at St James’s Park.

“It seems to rumbled on and rumbled on, but I can’t influence that,” said Bruce. “I can’t even go to the Premier League and say ‘when is this takeover going to happen?’. If I could, I would have been done for months ago.

“I can’t worry about that. What I can do now is prepare the team best I can, and we have given ourselves a wonderful platform with eight games to go, and let the takeover happen if it’s going to happen.

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“If it’s the best thing for the club, then OK. But it has dragged on and on, we just have to be patient for a little bit longer.”

Newcastle are 13th in the Premier League and two points behind 10th-placed Arsenal ahead of the Villa game, which is followed by a home FA Cup quarter-final against Manchester City on Sunday.