Newcastle United are considering Steve Bruce as their next manager, according to Sky Sports journalist Keith Downie.
The reporter claimed via his personal Twitter account that Newcastle-born Bruce, 58, is among others who are being looked at by the Magpies as they aim to hire a successor to Rafa Benitez, who left St Jame’ Park last month.
We understand Steve Bruce is one of the names under consideration to take over at Newcastle United. He’s been backed in to 9/4 favourite with some major bookmakers overnight. Bruce is Newcastle-born, but of course previously managed rivals Sunderland. #NUFC
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) July 9, 2019
Bruce is currently in charge of Sheffield Wednesday and has previously had spells at Birmingham, Aston Villa, Sunderland and Hull City.
Bruce is someone who has Premier League experience and has done quite well in his current role at Hillsborough. However this is not something that fans will be that excited about. Although Bruce was born on Tyneside, he’s a former Sunderland manager who is in the Championship for a reason – he’s not good enough for the Premier League anymore. Bruce is known for his unadventurous style of play and for only really managing teams that are relegation fodder in England’s top-flight. Are Newcastle relegation fodder? Although they may well be next season because of how much of a mess this summer has been, the Magpies are not a team that should be looking at managers who are known for their ability to beat off relegation. Unfortunately this lack of ambition is just something that the fans have become accustomed to now. Newcastle jet out to China soon for a pre-season tour. Doing so without a manager would be utterly ridiculous.