Kristy Edwards, a sports reporter for Sky Sports, has sent out confirmation that Steve Bruce has traveled to Lincoln City today for Sheffield Wednesday’s preseason match.
Here is the tweet she has sent:
— Kirsty Edwards (@KirstyEdwards3) July 13, 2019
In what has to be an awkward situation for Steve Bruce and his club, he will manage the team today as Mike Ashley tries to get Dejphon Chansiri to lower the compensation fee.
At some point soon, there will have to either be a breakthrough or breakdown in discussions. We are hoping for the latter as Steve Bruce is just not good enough. Plain and simple.
If these talks do breakdown, or if Bruce just pulls the plug himself and gets on with the Owls, where do Newcastle turn?
We are not certain of anyone now being interested in the Newcastle manager’s position. We had thought of Garry Monk but he has come off three contentious spells at his last three clubs, and we’re not even certain he would bother to deal with Ashley at this point.
Our hope is that the negotiations for Bruce do fail to materialize, and the club search outside their current restrictions of only considering managers with recent Premiership experience.
Maybe they have not even considered someone like Quique Sanches Flores or Rudi Garcia and could approach them with promises of a large transfer budget.
That would be better than Steve Bruce and might restore some sense of optimism to the fans.
It is highly doubtful. Ashley is more likely to give Alan Pardew total control and £100m to spend then get in someone like Rudi Garcia.