Bruce Would Manage Newcastle If Offered The Job Again

Dave Whelan had said in his out of control tirade recently, that Wigan Manager Steve Bruce would never join Newcastle United, if Mike Ashley was still the owner, but the Wigan Chairman might have to think again about that one.


Steve Bruce – would this time accept Newcastle job – if offered

Steve Bruce has done a terrific job at Wigan in the last 15 months and has taken them from a relegation team to 7th top of the league, with very little funds.

Of course Steve was Freddy Shepherd’s choice to replace Bobby Robson, when he sacked Bobby in late August of 2004, but Steve turned the job down. It’s interesting to note that in the following season 2005-2005, Birmingham were relegated in 3rd bottom place, with on-loan Nicky Butt playing for them, so Steve didn’t fare too well at that time at Birmingham. But he did bring them straight back up the next season.

Steve Bruce seems a much better manager than he was back then, and has gone through the mill a few times, and done fantastically well for Wigan, where he has accomplished the mini-miracle of having Titus Bramble start to play well, or so the rumors suggest.

The thing we like about Steve is when he’s interviewed he talks a lot of sense, and seems very well grounded, and of course he is football through and through.

Bruce seems interested in taking over the management of the club he supported as a boy, but only if Joe Kinnear decides he doesn’t want the job, once he comes back again in 2-3 weeks.

A source close to Bruce said:

“It is a job that interests him and he hasn’t tried to hide that from Newcastle either. They know how he feels. He is from the North East and it would be like coming home for him.”

“He’s done an excellent job at Wigan and enjoys working there, but Newcastle are a much bigger club and it is a challenge he would like to take on in the future. I think even Dave Whelan realises that.”

Did anybody tell Charles N’Zogbia that Newcastle was a much bigger club than Wigan?   We may be bigger, but Wigan are a better side than us these days, and took 4 points off the Magpies in the league this year. Bigger in that sense means bigger gates, and we are the 17th richest club in the world, but you would hardly know it.

It seems like the Newcastle manager job is Joe Kinnear’s for the next two seasons, if he wants it, and of course that period could start with Newcastle in the Championship for the first time.

Sorry to bring this up – but unless the lads wake up soon and play each game like their very lives depended on it, that nightmare looks more and more like happening.

Comments welcome.

33 comments so far

  • Toon_Factor

    Mar 28, 2009 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #1

    This Probably ain’t true. But if it is, Ashley, give him the job today!

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 28, 2009 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #2

    I hope we don’t get Bruce..Wigan play dull defensive football.My best mate is a Birmingham City supporter and he has seen first hand how ugly the football was.

    We need a manager from overseas that has won trophies at management level and can produce a team that has some flair and craft.

  • jimiley

    Mar 28, 2009 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #3

    Says who? An “insider” at Wigan no doubt. Why should we believe that any more than we believe NOTW? Only a complete nutter would manage this club at the moment with Ashley in charge. And the latest news is that Kinnear may be back in MAY!!!! I thought the season finished in May. He should be back for the wake then!!! What a way to run a club. You could not make it up. Carry on Mike and Hughton as we sleepwalk to relegation.

  • Toon_Factor

    Mar 28, 2009 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #4


    “Wigan play dull defensive football”. We need someone to teach our defenders how to defend decently, and Wigan have always had a top defensive. If we had a manager to sort out our defence then we will be in the top half od the league

  • MarkO

    Mar 28, 2009 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #5

    NO WAY! Has only done it at Wigan and all he has done is got them to an average position we need a manager that will win us games with attacking football, not dull defensive SH**.

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 28, 2009 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #6

    Bruce masters winning ugly
    Birmingham City 2 Portsmouth 0
    By Paul Connolly
    SO, UNBEATEN BIRMINGHAM CITY have climbed into the top six of the premier strata of English football for the first time since 1960. They certainly appear capable of sustaining this bright start, although their next two games, against Manchester United and Chelsea, are likely to prove sterner tests of their calibre.
    Birmingham’s success thus far has been built on tenacity and a gimlet-eyed approach to the art of defending, as you might expect with Steve Bruce at the helm. Apart from their rather embarrassing 1-0 defeat to Blackpool in the Carling Cup last week, Birmingham have had their defence breached just once this season — and that run includes shut-outs against the likes of James Beattie, of Southampton, and Alan Shearer, of Newcastle United.

    Bruce’s acquisition, last January, of Matthew Upson, the central defender, from Arsenal is looking increasingly canny but the throbbing heart behind his team’s ascent is Kenny Cunningham. The Ireland defender may not have hogged the headlines but it is to him that Upson and the rest of Birmingham’s impervious defence look when the going gets tough. “Kenny was magnificent today but then he’s been brilliant ever since he joined,” Bruce said. “You lot are only just beginning to take notice.”

    Defensively, then, Birmingham are from the top drawer. As you let your gaze wander forwards, however, the view is less edifying. Indeed, it is a rather unpleasant landscape, scarred by the niggling, nasty, play-acting antics of Robbie Savage, the slyly underhand activities of the undoubtedly talented Christophe Dugarry and the bullying rants of Bruce himself, who became embroiled in a face-off with Tim Sherwood, of Portsmouth, late in the game.

    Apart from the admirably marshalled defence, Birmingham are quite horrid to watch. “We need a tight defence because we know we can’t dominate possession. If you were being technical, you’d have to say we could pass it better in the final third,” Bruce added.

    Actually, if you’re being technical, Steve, you could say that you play a brand of football that makes the Wimbledon of yore look like Real Madrid and in Savage, you have a player that makes Vinnie Jones resemble Bobby Moore. Savage is one of those rare individuals who actually deserves all the criticism heaped upon him. If he’s not trying to provoke opponents, he is throwing himself to the ground in simulated agony.

    As if Birmingham’s brand of cynical football isn’t bad enough, that they won at a canter against the mellifluous and cultured Portsmouth emphasised what an unfair game this is. True, Portsmouth, apart from the rip-roaring shot from Teddy Sheringham that struck a post, rarely threatened to overturn goals from the impressive Stephen Clemence and Stan Lazaridis, but their approach play was a joy to watch. Let’s hope Harry Redknapp’s team survive their first season in the Premiership, if only to remind us that football can still be the beautiful, not beastly, game.


    Mar 28, 2009 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #7

    Ive a horse running today 17.40 Doncaster called Moonwalking back it each way thank me later!!!!

  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 28, 2009 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #8

    Normally the journal’s reporting is pretty much accurate – but to start using the old insider /source malarky.

    Bruce / Kinnear Kinnear / Bruce

    Wigan’s football might to dull as dishwater – but look where they are and where are we.

    My main concern is getting safe – this is just press speculation – there will be more on Sunday as there always is!

  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 28, 2009 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #9

    Geordie69 – I might just do that there fella.

  • jimiley

    Mar 28, 2009 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #10

    It looks like we have Hughton til the end of the season. I feel a lot bettter now!!!! When he gets us relegated. I hope MA will extend his contract extension from 3 to 5 years. The owner is determined to get us relegated and we are just letting him do it. We have been ground into submission. Nobody says a peep about Hughton and he is the worst manager in the club’s history. Give me Big Sam over Hughton any time and look at the abuse Sam got.

  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 28, 2009 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #11

    How can Mike Ashley be so stupid as to let the team slide into the Championship?? It makes no business or financial sense. Makes me scratch me head and its not the lice!! 🙂

    Jimiley – trust me when I say plenty of people say lots about Hughton. Everyone I know sings to the same hymm sheet.

    I think Danny Guthrie summed it up yesterday when he said about it being due to the players that we are where we are.

    I think we need to try and scrap for a point on Saturday next.

  • Johnny Knobsock

    Mar 28, 2009 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #12

    Sorry Ed but you seem totally unable to grasp the fact that people of repute who work in professional football wont touch anything to do with Mike Ashley with a bargepole.

    The man is detested in the business world and laughed at in footballing circles.

    As for Toon Graemes comment “How can Mike Ashley be so stupid as to let the team slide into the Championship?? It makes no business or financial sense.”
    It is because he wants (and is going ) to take the club into administration in a bid to recoup his money.

    When Ashley does eventually sell up , appointing a manger like Steve Bruce is as realistically as good an appointment as Newcastle could possibly hope to make.

  • BlacknWhite Barmy

    Mar 28, 2009 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #13

    ToonGraeme – theres Sky parachute money for two years = 60million – Bassong 10Million, Oba 13million, Colo 5million …………..

    Get my drift – that should more than cover his “investment” and leave us ^%$%^$.
    Also bearing in mind there is still the Milner and Zog money etc etc etc

  • Natureboy95

    Mar 28, 2009 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #14

    This may be speculation,I don’t think he would come while MA is in charge anyway, but I think Steve Bruce would do an OK job at SJP,he talks alot of sense when interviewed and seems to get the best out of players. Bramble supposedly playing well and N’zogbia has already scored a goal running from more or less the half way line, when did he ever do that for the toon? he’s a different player since he left newcastle and thats down to man management. I think JK just isn’t up to the job of managing Newcaslte, nor do i really beleive that MA thinks he is either but MA knows that he wont stand up/walk out on him like KK did to get funds and force him to invest in the club, because JK is desperate for the job and doesn’t want to rock the boat.

  • Johnny Knobsock

    Mar 28, 2009 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #15

    “Also bearing in mind there is still the Milner and Zog money etc etc etc”

    There is no money, it has gone into Ashleys back pocket to offset his losses.

  • batty

    Mar 28, 2009 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #16

    GEORDIE69 what price is it m8

  • mohtools

    Mar 28, 2009 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #17

    “Wigan play dull defensive football”. We need someone to teach our defenders how to defend decently, and Wigan have always had a top defensive.”

    and they have BRAMBLE…. Now that is some accomplishment


    Mar 28, 2009 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #18

    Batty its now 14-1 from 25-1


    Mar 28, 2009 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #19

    Batty ive started a nationwide gamble its now 11-1


    Mar 28, 2009 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #20

    Jimiley, “Hughton is the worst manager in the club’s history”. At what point do you decide to blame a coach who is trying ( badly I’ll admit) to hold things together with a slow, unfit team, probably all too aware that he isn’t a manager but has to pretend to be one on the grounds we find ourselves in the worst 5 year plan ever concocted.

    And big sam? his run of 2 wins in his last 14 which were injury time winners against birmingham and fulham is far better than our current 2 wins in 15 isn’t it. Memories eh.

  • Nick D

    Mar 28, 2009 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #21

    Although an improvement on Kinnear and his stooges, what is the big deal about bruce? Being a geordie certainly doesn’t make him the right man for the job.

    He has only ever really had this one good season with Wigan. Like most current English managers
    he’s never won anything!

    We need now as we have done for years and years, a good foreign technical coach who can actually coach a few skills and how to pass the ball to a team mate.

  • pubcat

    Mar 28, 2009 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #22

    Such a strange season! When you look at it, in many ways we have the best team since Bobby Robson. Hell, we stayed up with players like Babayaro, Carr, Boumsong, Maric, Guivarch etc etc etc, whereas today we have Beye, Bassong, Barton, Owen, Martins……although partially destroyed by injuries.

    Anyway, if Bruce would take the job if we went down then he could be a good choice to keep the spirit together and get us back up.

    In any case, whether we stay up or fall JK might choose not to take the job on permanently and risk his health.

  • will die for the toon army

    Mar 28, 2009 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #23

    Abt all the dull football its because its a small club and they want is a win and some draws to stay up.
    I remember Rednapp at Pompey with his dull soccer but now Spurs plays the best football.
    I bet when Bruce comes to us he will play the football we love Because he has the right players.

  • Doocey

    Mar 28, 2009 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #24

    Stuff for you Whealan!

    He’ll soon get the job, believe me

  • clinta

    Mar 28, 2009 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #25

    JK managing for the next 2 seasons= championship football if by some miracle not this year, then certainly next.

    a couple years there and by the time we have a chance of a new manager we will be nice and settled as a mid table fizzy pop league outfit.

  • Troy Stavers

    Mar 28, 2009 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #26

    Oi Oi!!

    I cannit believe Stardust is still trying to justify Ashley and his cronies.
    I am fizzin!!!

    For all of you’s who react to his blogs, don’t!!

    I have known him for ten years from work. He is not clever, quite the opposite!!

    He knows how to wind you’s up. He believes what he says about Ashley but deliberately does it in a way to undermine you’s all.

    It clearly works cos I constantly log in but don’t post. He is howling at you’s all!!

    The best way to get rid of a pest is to ignore him.

    He will get bored and his horrible views will go away.

    Bear in mind, HE IS NOT, NOT, A SEASON TICKET HOLDER!!!!

  • Widowmaker

    Mar 28, 2009 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #27

    If we want ugly football, why sacking Big Sam?

  • DENIro

    Mar 28, 2009 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #28

    Radomir Antic for manager..Good, attacking football…
    Radomir Antic (born November 22, 1948) is a Serbian former football defender and current football manager.
    Following a 17-year playing career – mainly modest and uneventful by top football standards – he found his true calling in coaching.
    He is the only individual who has managed FC Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid. Additionally, Antic is one of only two men to have managed both FC Barcelona and Real Madrid (the other one is Enrique Fernández Viola).

    Teams managed :
    1988-1991 Real Zaragoza
    1991-1992 Real Madrid
    1992-1995 Real Oviedo
    1995-1998 Atlético Madrid
    1999 Atlético Madrid
    2000 Atlético Madrid
    2000-2001 Real Oviedo
    2003 FC Barcelona
    2004 Celta de Vigo
    2008- Serbia

  • LondonDave

    Mar 28, 2009 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #29

    Bruce has done really well at Wigan so far, particularly in getting the best out of his players like Bramble, but a large part of that is due to Wigan’s scouting network (with Wenger’s help) which has really found some amazing bargains that will sell very highly this summer or the next to bigger clubs. Wigan’s team is fairly strong with good players and their current position isn’t especially overachieving given their quality. I think Hodgson has done particularly well at Fulham – with the exception of Hangeland and Schwarzer’s and Johnson’s form this season, they have average to good players but are very highly organized and difficult to break down. They’ve played some flowing football at times too, even without ‘flair’ players.

    In reality I think we (Spurs) haven’t played remotely stylishly at all this season under Harry barring a few exceptions against weaker teams – but at least the results are there when we were under severe danger of relegation. I did like Portsmouth’s style, which seemed a decent balance of flair and steel, but I remember how dissatisfied many of us were with the appointment of an old-school English manager not exactly known for winning trophies. I think a lot of us were (and are) still enamored with the idea of a cup-winning foreign manager with a reputation for style such as Ramos, but in reality the results never matched the hype; we had too many flair players, arcane tactics, pretty football but no results. I’m willing to bet that either Bruce or Hodgson could come to Newcastle and organize the team so that they become hard to beat, set up sensible tactics, and add balance and flair given time and money. They may not be glamorous names but I’m sure either could at least keep you from relegation, and then push on further than Fulham or Wigan.

  • chuck

    Mar 29, 2009 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #30

    Bruce Eeeeeh, no thanks.
    Rather give steve Clarke his debut.

  • clinta

    Mar 29, 2009 at 12:48 AM

    Comment #31

    if he wuld be stupid enough to come, say get him today, tomorrows to late!

  • Nobby

    Mar 29, 2009 at 6:54 AM

    Comment #32

    I don’t give a crap about playing football… We are seriously staring relegation in the face, and some of you jus’ want attacking football?

    Personally, I wouldn’t mind having Steve Bruce in. A couple of years ago, Wigan was a laughing stock… Now they could even contend for UEFA Cup.

    That’s where Newcastle ought to be.

  • Nobby

    Mar 29, 2009 at 6:55 AM

    Comment #33

    I mean… I wouldn’t care about playing defensive football.


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