Newcastle United could complete the appointment of Steve Bruce as their new manager as early as Thursday (11 July) after he became the club’s number one choice to replace Rafael Benitez, according to Sky Sports journalist Kaveh Solhekol.
The broadcast reporter said on Sky Sports News’ Transfer Centre on Wednesday evening (10/07, 19:30) that fellow journalist Keith Downie had told them Newcastle want to make an appointment before Saturday and that a deal for the Sheffield Wednesday boss could be completed in the next 24 hours.
It is stated that the former Sunderland manager could cost in the region of half of the £6million-a-year contract Benitez was on before his departure this summer.
It is nearly two weeks since Benitez left St James’ Park and it appears as though any doubts over who the Spaniard’s replacement will be can be buried. Bruce is said to be seen as a safe pair of hands in the Premier League but you know that the Newcastle faithful will look at the numerous relegation battles he has been involved in, not to mention the fact he was sacked by an Aston Villa side struggling in the Championship less than 12 months ago, and question his appointment. Anyone who took the role as manager on was going to find it tough to follow Benitez but this is not the sort of inspiring manager the Toon Army would have had their fingers crossed for. Instead, he represents an old-school type of manager who has a bang average record among Premier League sides. This looks to be another decision based solely about money for owner Mike Ashley and the sooner that sort of attitude is out of St James’ Park, the better for everyone. Bruce is facing a lose-lose scenario at Newcastle and he might well regret leaving Sheffield Wednesday for this job.