Ryder: Debatable if Bruce will go to China

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It is “debatable” whether will travel to  with Newcastle United at the weekend, even if he is confirmed as manager on Tyneside, according to Chronicle journalist Lee Ryder.

The is being heavily linked with a move to James’ Park, as reported by the Telegraph, but may not travel to compete in the Asian Trophy preseason tournament regardless of any announcement on his future.

Writing on his personal Twitter account, Ryder said: “ discussions with Newcastle have been ongoing today.

“A package has been the hitch but barring any major disagreements on that, Bruce should be unveiled as new Toon boss.

“Whether he departs with the squad for at the weekend also debatable.”


This is a bit of a strange one to be honest. Yes, it would be very short notice if Bruce were to be announced as Newcastle manager ahead of the trip to China, but given the state of things at James’ Park, the aren’t exactly blessed with a lot of time to work with. Surely, the sooner Bruce can get himself in and amongst the action on Tyneside, the sooner he can begin to prepare for the new league season. That is ultimately what the Magpies need right now, organisation, and it feels like a very risky strategy for Bruce to wait around for his players to return, should he get the job. Perhaps there is an argument that he wouldn’t be able to employ anything tactically anyway, but even if that is true, surely there is some merit from a morale perspective to him travelling out with his new squad.

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