Steve Bruce has ‘agreed terms in principle with Newcastle’ with assurances on signings – Report
Steve Bruce has still not been announced as Newcastle United’s new manager.
We are now heading beyond a week since Mike Ashley’s interest in employing the former Sunderland boss was first revealed.
A situation that doesn’t do either NUFC or Newcastle United any favours.
It is only two and a half weeks until the Championship kicks off, with the Premier League a week later.
An update has come via The Chronicle who say that ‘Bruce has agreed terms in principle with Newcastle and has been assured there is a competitive transfer budget to spend in the next three weeks.’
They state that Steve Bruce is simply ‘waiting for the go ahead’ from the South Yorkshire club to complete the move to St James Park.
Former player and now coach Lee Bullen has been placed in temporary charge of the Sheffield Wednesday first team and is overseeing a friendly at Northampton on Tuesday night.
Along with other media, BBC Sheffield say they have been told that no players or coaching staff will be talking to reporters/journalists after the pre-season friendly tonight.
They add that no statement is expected tonight from Sheffield Wednesday regarding Steve Bruce.
The Sheff Wed owner Dejphon Chansiri has made clear that he is not impressed with either Bruce or Mike Ashley with how this manager chase has been conducted.
Whilst there have been ongoing claims of dispute over how much compensation will be paid, it wouldn’t surprise me if Chansiri is simply waiting until he has his replacement ready to announce, before he allows Steve Bruce to finally walk away.
I’m not that convinced either that Ashley/NUFC are in that much of a hurry either, not that they have been in a hurry about anything this summer.
Even if an announcement was made shortly and Steve Bruce could quickly sort a visa, there would surely now be limited value in him flying out to China at this late stage, with the squad then flying back at the weekend.
We are used to bizarre situations at Newcastle United, particularly in this Mike Ashley era. However, this summer is a real contender for the most bizarre one ever.
Wednesday will be day 63 of the transfer window with only 22 days more remaining after that, whatever happens with appointing a manager, surely by the time we reach next week, surely at least a couple of new signings will have to have been made, if they are to stand any chance of being properly ready to be involved when the season kicks off.
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