Steve Bruce has resigned as Sheffield Wednesday manager amid rumours linking him to Newcastle United, according to journalist Paul Joyce.
The Times correspondent claims that Bruce has left the Championship club alongside his two assistants Steve Agnew and Stephen Clemence on Monday morning.
Writing on his personal Twitter account, Joyce confirmed that Newcastle have made an approach for Bruce, “Newcastle have made an offer of compensation to Sheffield Wed – but it is still to be accepted.”
Steve Bruce is understood to have resigned as Sheffield Wednesday manager this morning, along with assistants Steve Agnew and Stephen Clemence. All three put resignations in writing. Newcastle have made an offer of compensation to Sheffield Wed – but it is still to be accepted.
— paul joyce (@_pauljoyce) July 15, 2019
Sheffield Wednesday were reported by the Sun to have wanted a compensation figure of up to £5million for the 58-year-old, who only took charge at Hillsborough in February.
According to the Mirror, Bruce would become the lowest paid manager in the Premier League should he take charge at St James’ Park.
Bruce has made his intentions clear this morning with his resignation, and so have Newcastle United. With there offer on the table and Bruce’s resignation, it seems certain that the 58-year-old will be the one to take over from Rafael Benitez. Ashley would be making a big mistake in appointing the former Sunderland manager, who despite being a boyhood Magpie, doesn’t hold the credentials to take Newcastle to the next level. Bruce is one of only two managers to hold a win percentage lower than 30% after managing over 250 Premier League games, and his CV doesn’t exactly scream success, with an FA Cup semi-final his biggest achievement in management to date. Bruce has proved he can perform in the Championship throughout his career but has always failed to make the step up to the top flight – being relegated twice at Birmingham and Hull City. This appointment wouldn’t exactly scream ambition from Mike Ashley, but only cover up the deep-lying problems behind-the-scenes at St James’ Park.