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.