According to The Sun, Newcastle United are moving closer to appointing Sheffield Wednesday’s Steve Bruce as their new manager in a deal worth around £1 million.
The Magpies saw Rafael Benitez walk away from the side at the end of his deal on June 30th, and he has already become the new manager of Chinese club Dalian Yifang.
Mike Ashley must now find a replacement, and supporters may not be too enthused by his top target, as it is believed that Steve Bruce is now emerging as the definite contender.
The boyhood Newcastle fan would jump at the chance to make his dream move to St James’ Park, despite publicly saying to The Star that he was ignoring the links, and an approach is imminent.
It is even stated that Ashley will make a stunning decision by holding face-to-face talks with Steve Bruce, something he very rarely did with Rafa Benitez, while the Sheffield Wednesday staff Steve Agnew and Stephen Clemence would likely join him.
The 58-year-old coach is far from a remarkable appointment if Newcastle go through with a move, and that goes far beyond the fact that he coached bitter rivals, Sunderland.
Bruce faded at Aston Villa last campaign, and while he lost just only games in 18 at Sheffield, expecting him to make the jump to the top tier now is a huge gamble.
Supporters will have been hoping for a big name or an exciting young boss after Benitez’s appointment, they have got neither in Steve Bruce, who will hope that his love for the side will play a role.