But it seems as though Newcastle’s options remain open for now and it is a position they want to fill.
It’s been suggested that Newcastle will have around £200million to spend when the transfer window reopens, with no potential risk of breaking Financial Fair Play regulations.
That kind of money could easily be wasted if a strong structure isn’t put in place though and that starts with hiring a director of football.
The appointment may well go hand-in-hand with a replacement for Bruce, should Newcastle’s owners make a change in the dugout.
Now the hard work begins for Newcastle’s new owners in finding the right person for the job.