Steve Bruce reacts to 1892 Pledge scheme backed by Alan Shearer after Newcastle United fans pledge more than £20,000

Steve Bruce has reacted to a part-ownership campaign launched by Newcastle United fans.

Friday, 9th April 2021, 4:45 pm

The Newcastle United Supporters Trust has set up 1892 Pledge with the aim of raising at least £3million to take a stake in the club when it’s sold by owner Mike Ashley.

Fans pledged more than £20,000 in the hours after the scheme’s launch yesterday – and the fundraising drive was backed by Alan Shearer.

NUST chair Greg Tomlinson said: “For decades, fans have been told they are the lifeblood of the club, but when major decisions are made, they are always left out.

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“It’s an unfortunate fact that in football, as in life, money talks. Therefore, we feel that if we as fans really want to be an active part of conversations that will dictate the future of Newcastle United, we have to put our money where our mouth is.

“Raising funds will give us the financial backing to make our voices properly heard.”

Bruce was asked about 1892 Pledge ahead of the relegation-threatened club’s Premier League game against Burnley at Turf Moor on Sunday.

“Look, I’ve seen it out there,” said United’s head coach. “I haven’t really read a lot about it. And, of course, supporters are entitled to spend their money which way they see fit, and make their own opinions on it. I’ve got to focus solely on Burnley. If they feel that’s right, so be it.”

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NUST spoke to would-be Newcastle buyer Amanda Staveley last summer after her consortium agreed a £300million takeover of the club. Ashley hopes to resurrect the deal after the Premier League failed to make a timely decision on its approval.

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