The Sun are reporting that Newcastle are soon to make an official approach for Sheffield Wednesday manager Steve Bruce.
David Coverdale writes the following:
SunSport understands the Geordie is now the Toon’s top target to replace Rafa Benitez.
And they are willing to pay the compensation to get Bruce out of Hillsborough, thought to be no more than £1million.
This would be the first time that Mike Ashley would pay compensation for a manager. Though the club did try very hard to lure Steve McClaren from Derby when Alan Pardew left for Crystal Palace in 2014.
If Ashley really wants Steve Bruce, he may be willing to part with £1m for him. Newcastle reportedly have £80m available for transfers so there is money available. He is just generally loathe to spending it.
It was just reported earlier that Steve Bruce had no knowledge of any interest from Newcastle other than with his odds shortening. The Sheffield Star had reported Bruce saying the following:
“God only knows what happened on Tuesday afternoon. There seemed to be an upsurge (in the betting) from somewhere.
“John Terry was favourite (for the job) yesterday. It was Mikel Arteta the day before so who knows.
“As far as I am concerned, I am here, I am going home tomorrow and looking forward to walking the dog!”
The Chronicle’s Lee Ryder followed up on the reporting from Sheffield with the following confirmation.
— Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) July 10, 2019
All signs are pointing to a manager like Bruce being offered the position. Now whether he takes it now is another question.
Steve Bruce– I said it was news to me. I never said I wouldn’t be interested
Yesterday it was also reported that Newcastle were looking for someone with working knowledge of the Premier League which seemed to rule out some of the younger more experienced candidates.
Bruce, being a boyhood Toon fan, will definitely want the job however he does owe some loyalty to Sheffield Wednesday. So it is not a given that he will take the job. He has ruled himself out in the past.
When Alan Pardew bolted for Crystal Palace, Bruce was managing Hull City and ruled himself out of contention for new vacancy. He said the following in December 2014:
“People know that I am from Newcastle, I was a Newcastle supporter as a boy and it has been regurgitated since I was a 22-year-old playing for Norwich and Gillingham.
“For that obvious reason every time I am linked with them. It’s very flattering as I’m a Geordie but that’s it.
“I have a job to do here and it would be wrong for me to think of anything else other than get this club out of the position we are in and that’s all I am focused on.
“It would be wrong for the speculation to keep carrying on for the club, for the supporters, for the players. I am determined to see this through and make sure we stay in the Premier League and build on the good work we have done in the last two hand a half years.
“I have got a job to do here. It would be very difficult for us to uproot and I don’t think that would be fair.”
Hull City would later be relegated that season with Newcastle surviving on the final day. Steve will be very tempted to take the job. Even though he left two jobs early in his career after only a few months at them, he was just starting out in his career.
This one will get very interesting but all signs are pointing to an approach but an acceptance is still not a certainty by any means.