Luke Edwards of the Telegraph is now reporting in an exclusive that Newcastle United will, in fact, appoint Sheffield Wednesday manager Steve Bruce as the successor to Rafa Benitez.
This is the tweet from the Telegraph with a link to the report.
Sources at St James’ Park have indicated to Telegraph Sport that, barring any last-minute hitches, Bruce will be announced as Rafa Benitez’s replacement before the weekend | Exclusive by @LukeEdwardsTelehttps://t.co/O7PdblBY9o
— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) July 11, 2019
The report states that Newcastle will look to appoint Bruce before the China trip on July 13th. However, there are still some issues to be dealt with.
This is what Luke Edwards writes:
It remains to be seen whether Bruce will be able to go on Newcastle’s pre-season trip to the Far East because of visa issues but if he can agree personal terms, the club will endeavour to ensure he is able to meet the players for the first time in China next week.
So it has been left to the last minute as we suspected and this is still not a done deal. But it is looking likely that Steve Bruce will be announced in the next few days.
Edwards also reports that Bruce is the only candidate to be offered the job officially.
Newcastle looked at several other candidates, including Manchester City assistant manager Mikel Arteta and Nice boss Patrick Vieira, although Bruce is the only person to have been officially offered the job despite claims from Sam Allardyce that he turned it down.
If it is Steve Bruce to replace Rafa Benitez, so be it. We hope he is backed in the transfer window as this club is sorely lacking in attack and at both fullback positions.
What is really depressing is not the manager, it is the owner. This appointment likely means the takeover is not happening anytime soon, if at all.
It’s just so underwhelming and such a massive letdown. Sober reality is beginning to set in. It’s Steve Bruce under Mike Ashley.
Now we need some signings to make sure we stay up. There are still some quality players available if Newcastle can convince them.