Steve Bruce and Newcastle United waiting on big announcement

Steve Bruce is hoping for some good news for the North East – and Newcastle United fans – this week.

Sunday, 13th December 2020, 3:16 pm

The club has played its games behind closed doors since the Premier League’s summer restart.

However, teams in areas where there are tier two coronavirus restrictions have been able to welcome back 2,000 fans – and there are hopes that the North East could move out of tier three before the December 19 home game against Fulham following a fall in infection rates in the region.

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Bruce has keenly watched games which have had fans back inside stadiums since the new rules were imposed following the country’s second national lockdown.

Asked about the possible return of some supporters for the Fulham game, Newcastle’s head coach said: “Let’s hope so.

"I didn’t think it would make a bit of a difference, but when I saw Liverpool the other night, and (Jurgen) Klopp saying it makes a difference, and then I watched Norwich, and then I saw the Arsenal derby (against Tottenham Hotspur).

"I hope that we can get a couple of thousand, and the work that everybody’s done in the North East in getting rid of the (rising) infection rate, I hope that on the 16th we can go into tier two, not just so we can fans back in the stadium – that would be great – but also for people over this festive period.”

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