The P.I.F. consortium finally purchased the club from previous owner Mike Ashley during the international break, leading to delirious scenes outside St. James’ Park and human rights groups including Amnesty International raising concerns about links to the Saudi Arabian government. Steve Bruce remains in the dugout, for now, and will take charge of his 1000th match as a manager, as his side faces a Spurs team which defeated Aston Villa last time out to end a run of three consecutive losses.
Newcastle remain without a win in the Premier League this season and Bruce will desperate to make a positive first impression with his new employers, who have been linked with a glut of managers around Europe as potential replacements for the 61-year-old. The Magpies are currently 18th in the table, ahead only of the equally winless Burnley and Norwich City, while Spurs sit ninth, having scored only six goals in their opening seven matches.
Follow all the action live as Newcastle United take on Tottenham Hotspur:
Newcastle 1 – 0 Tottenham
9 mins: Isaac Hayden flies into a tackle on Ndombele and arrives late taking out the midfielder in the middle of the pitch. Spurs win a free kick but elect not to send it long into the box and focus on maintaining possession instead.
Michael Jones17 October 2021 16:39
Newcastle 1 – 0 Tottenham
6 mins: Joelinton brings the ball inside from the left and gets a cheer of encouragment from the crowd. He tries to set up Joe Willock with a square pass but gives the ball away and Spurs pass it out from the back.
Michael Jones17 October 2021 16:36
GOAL! Newcastle 1 – 0 Tottenham (Wilson, 2’)⚽️
2 mins: What a start! Lovely stuff from Newcastle who get their new era off to the perfect start. They switch the play over to the right hand side where Allan Saint-Maximin receives the ball. Javier Manquillo bombs forward on the overlap and takes over. He swings in a cross and Callum Wilson nips in front of his marker to meet it with a header in the six-yard box. Hugo Lloris has no chance to stop it.
Michael Jones17 October 2021 16:32
Newcastle 0 – 0 Tottenham
Kick off: Tottenham get the match started. Tanguy Ndombele and Lucas Moura exchange passes to work the ball into the final third before sending it out to Son Heung-min on the left side. He knocks it back into midfielder where Spurs win a free kick due to a foul from Joelinton.
Michael Jones17 October 2021 16:31
Most football atmospheres are said to be electric but inside St. James’ Park today it really is. There’s a huge roar to greet new club chairman Yasir Al-Rumayyan.
Flags are being waved, banners are flying and the noise is deafening.
Michael Jones17 October 2021 16:28
1000 games for Steve Bruce
This will be Steve Bruce’s 1000th game in charge across his managerial career.
Bruce has won just four of his 26 encounters with Spurs in all competitions. Each victory has come in the Premier League with a different club: Birmingham City, Wigan Athletic, Sunderland and Newcastle.
Michael Jones17 October 2021 16:25
Bruce takes charge of 1000th game
Newcastle boss Steve Bruce takes charge of his 1000th game as a manager today which is also the first game under Newcastle’s new Saudi Arabian PIF owners.
Speaking ahead of kick off, Bruce said:
Michael Jones17 October 2021 16:23
Harry Kane has yet to score in the Premier League this season which is his joint-longest run without a goal ever in the league. However, five of Kane’s six league goals for Tottenham against Newcastle have come at St James’ Park.
Michael Jones17 October 2021 16:21
Spurs’ struggles on the road
Tottenham have won only five of their last 18 away league fixtures with five draws and eight defeats and all four of Spurs’ Premier League wins this season were by a single-goal margin.
Michael Jones17 October 2021 16:18
What now for Newcastle after takeover? The problems new owners face in a very different football world
Amanda Staveley and the rest of Newcastle United’s new executive might have impressed supporters with meetings in the first week of the Saudi Arabian ownership, but that hasn’t really been the case with figures within the game.
Many have been left perplexed by the new regime’s initial dealings. That has been most evident in the highest profile exercise so far, which is the search for a new manager. The hierarchy want Steve Bruce out, largely because they know the fanbase want Bruce out. The entire takeover has after all been built on wide-scale pandering to supporters, with Staveley repeatedly delivering the same spiel about love for the club that she was prepared to give Liverpool when she was part of a consortium that considered buying the Merseyside club.
Michael Jones17 October 2021 16:16