Steve Bruce reveals plans for next season at Newcastle United

Steve Bruce is planning for next season at Newcastle United – as the takeover saga drags on.

Steve Bruce’s side – who entertain West Ham United at St James’s Park tomorrow – have six Premier League games left to play this season.

The Premier League is finalising plans for the delayed 2020/21 campaign, which is likely to start in mid-September following a shortened pre-season.

Newcastle is a club in limbo while the Premier League consider a proposed £300million takeover, though short-term planning can’t be put off ahead of next season.

Steve Bruce.

“I think the Premier League are meeting this week, and on the agenda is our start date, so I think we need to have that in place,” said head coach Bruce.

“Behind the scenes, we've already scheduled for meetings as early as next week to see what we're doing in a mini pre-season, and where we are at that, and, of course then, when does the transfer window close and what have we got in the kitty after what's been a horrendous time for all the clubs?

“Of course, it (the coronavirus pandemic) is going to have a big hit.

“When I read that clubs like Arsenal and Spurs are not going to have any money to spend, it's going to be a difficult time for everyone, because of what's just happened so we'll have those conversations.

“It's important that we have them to keep the club moving forward, to look at what we've got and what we haven't got and we'll certainly do our best to get it.”