Steve Bruce is jet into the United Kingdom from Portugal later today (Wednesday) after becoming Newcastle United’s number one managerial target, according to Sky Sports journalist Keith Downie.
The reporter claimed via his personal Twitter account on Wednesday that Sheffield Wednesday are braced for an official approach for their manager, who was only hired by the Championship club in January.
Steve Bruce is now Newcastle’s no.1 target to take over as manager. Sheffield Wednesday are braced for an official approach for their boss. Bruce returns from Portugal later today #NUFC
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) July 10, 2019
Bruce, 58, was sacked by Aston Villa midway through last season but took the reigns at Hillsborough in the winter and went on to win seven and draw eight of his 18 matches in charge.
Newcastle will surely want to get this wrapped up as soon as possible. It is a surprise to see Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley go after a manager who isn’t out of work because they will have to pay a compensation fee to Sheffield Wednesday for Bruce. Ashley is known for trying to save money whenever he can but after cashing in on Ayoze Perez for £30million this summer, there’s more than enough money for him to try and hire someone from a mid-table Championship club. Bruce’s appointment wouldn’t be something that will go down well with Newcastle supporters. Although he’s done well at Hillsborough, he will always be a former Sunderland boss and also a boss who is known for a dull style of football. Maybe that is what Newcastle need ahead of next season because it’s bound to be a tough slog for the Magpies. Ashley has caused a horrible situation in which Bruce is regrettably an appointment that would make sense.