And the former Sunderland manager is still carrying out his duties at Hillsborough.
This maybe isn’t the most shocking news in the world, but it would certainly suggest that things aren’t quite as advanced as some sources would have you believe. It has looked for some time now as if Bruce is nailed on for the vacancy on Tyneside, and while that may still be the case, this latest report might just cast the slightest bit of doubt on the deal. If it was any other club, then this wouldn’t even be news, but the manner in which Newcastle conduct their business – protracted and with a tendency to fluff their lines – is always going to draw attention to the most minute of details. Bruce should still sign, make no mistake, but you cannot blame the Toon Army for having their reservations, and little snippets of information like this one will do little to ease the tension in the north east as the wait for some kind of stability rumbles on.