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Steve Bruce now at the training ground…in Sheffield – No formal Newcastle approach or compensation agreed

4 days ago
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Yesterday, Sky Sports revealed that Steve Bruce was the sixth person that Newcastle United had approached to become the new manager (or head coach…).

That Thursday report (see below) outlining that such was the pull of working in the NUFC sweat shop under the rule of Mike Ashley, that Vieira, Arteta, Allardyce, Gerrard and Martinez had all knocked the Fat Controller back.

Now on Friday morning, despite a Thursday of reporting where the announcement of Steve Bruce was looking  a formality, it is now looking as though they are having difficulty of even getting this hopeless case over the line.

Luke Edwards from The Telegraph reporting 8.41am this (Friday) morning via Twitter:

“Newcastle United are still to agree compensation with Sheffield Wednesday in their attempt to appoint Steve Bruce as manager. Talks ongoing.”

Sky Sports also reporting the same a little later.

Now Adam Oxley from BBC Sheffield at 9.43am on Friday morning has said via Twitter;

“Informed that Steve Bruce is at Sheffield Wednesday training ground this morning as he continues to be linked with the vacant Newcastle United manager’s role.

“I’ve just checked and there still hasn’t been a formal approach from Newcastle.”

Figures of between £1m and £5m have been put forward as the cost of Mike Ashley making his first signing of the Summer.

Whilst I think he is yet another disastrous decision by Mike Ashley, to add to the numerous ones made since the end of season, never mind the hundreds/thousands made these past 12 years.

If indeed they have decided on Steve Bruce, it is laughable that Ashley and his minions can’t even quickly wrap up a deal with a Championship club for a manager with such a low appeal as Bruce.

Yes it really fills you with confidence that the Ashley camp have top quality signings lined up to get this team/squad anywhere near where it needs to be, especially after the NUFC owner has pushed a top quality manager out of the door and being happy to sell the top scorer of the past two seasons and not even try to buy last season’s player of the year.

Plus of course with four whole weeks until the season kicks off, not as if there is any need to rush things…

The Sky Sports man covering Newcastle United, Keith Downie, talking about imminent Steve Bruce appointment – Thursday 11 July 2019:

‘I expect the appointment to be announced before the squad fly to China on Saturday.

‘Mike Ashley originally wanted a bigger name.

We know Steven Gerrard, Patrick Vieira, Roberto Martinez, Mikel Arteta and Sam Allardyce were all approached, but they either distanced themselves from the position or were dissuaded from taking it, so Ashley had to work his way down his list.

‘He has always had a good relationship with Bruce and came close to offering him the job in 2015, when he eventually gave it to Steve McClaren instead. Now, he sees Bruce as a safe pair of hands in what is a really troublesome situation.

‘He knows Bruce will work within the structure that exists at Newcastle, which is basically just Ashley, Lee Charnley [managing director] and the manager. He will be willing to work with them and get on with them, which is crucial seeing as Benitez had absolutely no relationship with Ashley and eventually fell out with Charnley as well.

‘Ashley also knows Bruce is desperate for the job.’

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