Bruce reacts to rumours of fresh Newcastle takeover bid

Joe Williams
Peter Kenyon

Newcastle head coach Steve Bruce has insisted he knows nothing about claims that former Manchester United and Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon has launched a second bid to buy the club.

A report has claimed that Kenyon is attempting to rekindle his interest in the Magpies with American finance after a brochure seeking funding partners was leaked.

However speaking at his pre-match press conference on Friday morning, Bruce said: “Until [head of media] Lee [Marshall] briefed me this morning, it was news to me and it’s not something I can comment on.

“Lee informed me there was something breaking last night, but I haven’t heard anything to the contrary.”

Asked if it was something he was going to have to get used to as Newcastle boss, Bruce replied: “You have to get used to it. It’s happened to me before – it’s happened to me three or four times. It’s something you get used to.

“This club in particular, there’s always speculation surrounding it and it’s never happened, so watch this space.”

Bruce also confirmed that midfielder Jonjo Shelvey will miss Sunday’s Premier League trip to Leicester after damaging a hamstring in last weekend’s 0-0 home draw with Brighton.

He said: “Shelvey has got a problem with a hamstring, he’s out. He’s got a Grade Two hamstring, so he’ll be a couple of weeks.”