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Ex-Sunderland player Hutchison reacts as Newcastle close in on Bruce

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Ex- midfielder Don Hutchison does not appear to be a fan of Steve Bruce’s reportedly imminent appointment as manager.

According to Chronicle journalist Mark Douglas via his personal Twitter account on Thursday, are closing in on hiring Bruce, 58, as their next manager, almost two weeks after Rafa Benitez left St James’ Park.

Hutchison, 48, was born in Gateshead and is a supporter.

However he is not pleased with fellow Geordie Bruce heading to St James’ Park.

“Dear me,” he said via his personal Twitter account in response to Douglas’ tweet.

OPINION

Hutchison has summed up the thoughts of a lot of Newcastle with this tweet. If anything, the former Scotland international has done well to post a rather mild tweet in comparison to what a lot of Newcastle supporters are saying at the moment. Bruce would be such an underwhelming appointment for Newcastle. In fact, it’s not underwhelming. It’s a downright slap in the face and an acceptance by Mike Ashley that he wants to hire a manager who has experience of battling relegation. Why? Because owner expects his club to be up against it next season and wants someone who has a history of keeping teams up in charge. While Bruce does have history of managing teams down the bottom of the table and getting them promoted. He also has a history of dull football and suffering relegation. Bruce has been in the for the last few years for a reason. He’s good in the second-tier but not great at all in the top-flight.

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