The BBC reported on Monday that the veteran boss has resigned from his post at Sheffield Wednesday amid heavy links to the vacant position at St James’ Park, and Mills believes it’s a no-brainer for him.
“For Steve Bruce, it’s a great opportunity for him, isn’t it?,” he told talkSPORT [17/07; 06:37]. “I know there will still be some ‘oh, he managed Sunderland’, if he loses a couple that will come back to bite him.
“It’s probably an offer that he can’t really refuse, a great opportunity. I think it’s a safe appointment, and it’s probably what they need right now.”
There will be plenty of Newcastle supporters who feel that Bruce is exactly what the club DON’T need, at the moment. It is a great opportunity for Bruce, and is definitely one he can’t turn down. He’s a Geordie boy at heart, obviously, and so this is something of a dream job for him. However, his Sunderland past is something of an anchor weighing him down, an albatross around his neck which will be brought up every time the Magpies lose a game under his stewardship. But Bruce is a safe appointment, in terms of his experience and what he’s done in the game. Newcastle could have gone for an ambitious young manager, someone like Mikel Arteta or even a Chris Wilder type at Sheffield United if they could have got him. However, it seems that Mike Ashley is content to muddle through with a bang average manager in charge of a team that may not even be average in the Premier League anymore.