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Reported Mike Ashley has sent compensation cash for Steve Bruce ahead of him arriving at Newcastle

3 years ago

Monday morning started with The Times revealing that Steve Bruce and his coaching staff had put their resignations in writing to Sheffield Wednesday.

A dispute over compensation between the two clubs said to be holding up Bruce’s arrival on Tyneside.

Steve Bruce himself said on Saturday that he expected an outcome to be concluded within 48 hours, which makes it by today…

The letters of resignation widely believed to have been an attempt by Mike Ashley and Steve Bruce to help force the move through.

Resignations not meaning no compensation to be paid but certainly making it all but impossible for the trio to stay working at Hillsborough.

Now on Monday afternoon, in an ‘exclusive’ from The Sun (see below), they say that ‘Ashley sent over the cash ahead of the appointment while Bruce and staff walked out before it was accepted’…

Not sure if they mean that there was a bank transfer or £50 notes were actually delivered to the Sheffield Wednesday owner, or it is meant figuratively – as in the £4m promised.

What does appear clear, is that one way or another this is definitely happening.

Whatever weird and wonderful cunning plan Mike Ashley has in mind, involves Championship level manger Steve Bruce as the public face of it.

Continuing a proud tradition of mainly appointing managers/head coaches from a lower level, the difference compared to Pardew, JFK and McClaren, is that rather than being an out of work manager who isn’t good enough, Bruce is an in-work one who Mike Ashley is prepared to pay money for – a first time ever for the NUFC owner.

Exactly why Steve Bruce is so desirable will only be known to Ashley and his inner circle, as well as Bruce himself and the conditions he has been happy to sign up to.

The Sun report:

‘Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has paid £4million to Sheffield Wednesday for Steve Bruce.

Ashley sent over the cash ahead of the appointment while Bruce and his staff walked out before it was accepted.

Wednesday supremo Dejphon Chansiri was said to be furious about Bruce going but is now likely to agree to the deal after getting compensation for Bruce.

He could argue about an extra sum for his back room team.

Steve Agnew and Stephen Clemence have left without their transfer fees being agreed. However that should not be a major issue.

Bruce is now on his way to Tyneside after a bitter end to his brief spell at Wednesday.

Chansiri has been given the cash up front and will now be able to find a new man in a hurry.


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