Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce expects to be in charge of the Premier League outfit next season unless told otherwise and is already having conversations about recruiting new players.

Bruce, who has a contract until June 2022, steered Newcastle clear of relegation, with the club sitting 16th on 39 points from 35 matches ahead of Friday’s meeting with champion Manchester City.

The 60-year-old has faced criticism from Newcastle fans for some disappointing performances throughout the season but said he would not walk away.

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“I have a contract, so until I hear, otherwise we’ll crack on,” Bruce told a news conference on Thursday. “I’m a football manager. I’m not ready to retire yet.

“You have to dust yourself down and have a thick skin. I’ll crack on to the best of my ability. I’ve had to scrap and fight all my life. As a player and…

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