The newspaper claims that the Magpies boss is eager to get more involved in the Under-23s set-up, particularly after Redfearn suddenly left his post as second string boss last week.
Former Newcastle chief Rafael Benitez took a ‘step back’ from the club’s youth set-up during his time in charge, but Bruce has been keen to get in amongst it.
He has been a regular at U-23 games this season, and is looking to have a say in who replaces Redfearn. Ideally he would like to see three or four youngsters pushing for first team involvement at a time.
This is good to read about Bruce. Clearly he relishes being in charge of Newcastle, and he wants to have a say on everything that’s going on at the club. Benitez was obviously happy for Ben Dawson to have free rein with the U-23s over the last few years and, while that worked out, Bruce has wanted to get more involved. He feels that there is a wellspring of talent in the north east, and he doesn’t want to miss out on any of it. That’s a good thing, because historically there has always been plenty of quality players coming through from that region. Bruce himself is a product of the famous Wallsend Boys Club. Obviously Redfearn leaving suddenly last week was a big blow to the youth set-up at St James’ Park, but it gives Bruce the opportunity to have an input in who the club appoints as his replacement. Is this giving too much power to a head coach who might not be at the club this time next season? Possibly, but that’s a risk you have to take.