It seemed every day last week there was a new manager linked with the Newcastle United job, and the latest one is Sheffield Wednesday boss Steve Bruce.
He was linked by the national media after Rafa Benitez’s next destination – China – was confirmed, although the 58-year-old has gone from 33/1 to 2/5 with bookmakers.
Steve Bruce told BBC Radio Sheffield: “Maybe because I’m from Newcastle [is the reason I’ve been linked]”.
“But no, I’ve been on holiday.
“I never take any notice of all that sort of speculation or tittle-tattle because the way the newspapers are today, no disrespect.
“I think there have been 150 managers associated with Newcastle.
“I would suppose I’m going to be one of them.”
The boyhood Newcastle fan came close to taking charge his club almost 15 years ago, he had rejected them on two occasions however.
Since then he has managed clubs including Hull City, Aston Villa and Sunderland before then taking the job at Sheffield Wednesday on the 1st of February and took them from 16th to 12th in the Championship table and lost only three league games out of eighteen.
Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley’s shortlist is reported to include candidates such as Manchester City assistant manager Mikel Arteta, Nice head coach Patrick Vieira and Rangers boss Steven Gerrard.
The Telegraph said that Bruce is a “fallback option” for the Magpies – alongside Burnley manager Sean Dyche – should Newcastle fail to attract any of their top targets.
Today it’s been revealed by journalists that Newcastle are set to make an official approach for Bruce, who returns from Portugal today.
Newcastle are keen to make an appointment before they head off to China for the Premier League Asia Trophy at the weekend, which you can watch live on Sky Sports. Manchester City, Wolverhampton Wanderers and West Ham United are the other competing in it.
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