Newcastle United are currently searching for a new manager after the sacking of Steve Bruce, with the club winless in eight Premier League games.

Ever since the £300m takeover of Newcastle from Saudi Arabia's PIF's, it was understood that the new owners wanted a different manager to lead the Magpies forward in the new era of the club, and after losing 3-2 to Spurs in his first game under the new ownership, Bruce was sacked, putting an end to his 27-month spell at the club.

The likes of Steven Gerrard, Eddie Howe, Lucien Favre and Frank Lampard have all been linked with the vacant role, but it's understood that Paulo Fonseca is currently the front-runner for the position, with the club reportedly holding talks with the former Roma boss.

It had been a torrid start to the season for Bruce before the takeover was even complete, with the Magpies yet to win a game in any competition as they sit 19th in the Premier League and are eliminated from the Carabao Cup.

But, what would've happened if Bruce was given until the end. of the season at Newcastle with the backing of the new owners?

To have a look, we simulated the remainder of this season in Football Manager 2021 with Bruce still in charge of Newcastle United.

Steve Bruce as Newcastle United manager simulated

To set up this simulation, we kept Steve Bruce at Newcastle United after eight Premier League games and simulated until the end of the 2021/22 season to see how the 60-year-old manager performed.

We also edited the Football Manager 2021 game save file to update all transfers as of October 15, 2021. We removed Mike Ashley as the club's owner, replaced him with the new ownership structure and made a number of changes.

This is Bruce's in-game profile on Football Manager 2021.

Steve Bruce's in-game profile in FM21
Steve Bruce's in-game profile in FM21

Bruce's best attributes are his level of discipline, determination and judging player's potential, the former rated at 16 out of 20, and the two latter at 15.

His attack, tactical and adaptability are all rated at seven out of 20 - making them his worst attributes. Bruce's preferred formation is a 4-2-3-1 with a direct playing style, and his tactical style is route one.

Newcastle's 2021/22 season under Bruce

At the end of the 2021/22 season, Football Manager 2021 put together an overall best Newcastle XI, based on performances, statistics and other metrics.

This is what the Magpies’ best XI looked like at the end of the 2021/22 season as predicted by Football Manager 2021.

Newcastle's best XI from the 2021/22 season simulated under Bruce
Newcastle's best XI from the 2021/22 season simulated under Bruce

Newcastle's best XI: Darlow, Manquillo, Fernandez, Lascelles, Dummet; Shelvey, Willock; Fraser, Anderson, Ritchie; Wilson.

Injuries to Allan Saint-Maximin and Martin Dubravka, who both missed half the season after injuries sustained in January, saw the duo miss out on the best XI due to limited appearances.

There was also no room for Miguel Almiron, with 18-year-old Elliot Anderson making his breakthrough into the first team during the simulation.

So, where did Newcastle finish in the Premier League under Bruce? Let's take a look.

Newcastle finished bottom of the Premier League in the 21/22 season simulation
Newcastle finished bottom of the Premier League in the 21/22 season simulation

Bruce's poor form continued throughout the rest of the season, resulting in Newcastle dropping even further down the table and finishing bottom of the Premier League.

The Magpies won five games all season under Bruce and finished the season on just 21 points - three of those wins came in the space of five games as they were demoted to the Championship.

Defensively, Bruce's side was the third-worst in the league, but Bruce's lack of attacking ability was proven in the FM21 simulation, with the Toon only scoring 31 goals all season.

Overall, Football Manager 2021 predicts that if Newcastle were to have kept Steve Bruce as manager, the Magpies would not have gotten better over the season, with Newcastle actually dropping one position, finishing bottom of the Premier League and being relegated to the Championship.