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Steve Bruce to be announced as new Newcastle United manager in next 24 hours – Report

3 months ago
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An exclusive on Thursday morning says that Steve Bruce will be named as Rafa Benitez’ replacement by Friday at the latest.

Luke Edwards of The Telegraph says Mike Ashley’s people [‘sources at St James Park’] have told him that unless something unexpected happens, the current Sheffield Wednesday boss will make the move to Tyneside.

Reports from the South Yorkshire end of things, have stated that Steve Bruce has already asked permission to talk to Newcastle.

The overwhelming reaction from Newcastle fans is disbelief at how low Mike Ashley has taken the club once again.

The appointment of Steve Bruce, a manager no other Premier League club would consider, brought in to replace somebody like Rafa Benitez.

Steve Bruce has an appalling Premier League record, average only 1.12 points per game and only 1.03 goals per match, far worse than the likes of even McClaren, Pardew, Allardyce and JFK.

Complete Premier League records [at all clubs] of Steve Bruce and previous Newcastle managers [minimum 200 PL games]:

After media claims late Wednesday night, Sam Allardyce stated this morning that he had turned down the Newcastle job.

However, Luke Edwards says this is not true and only Steve Bruce has been offered the job.

Luke has vigorously defended Steve Bruce on social media, clearly having built up a rapport with him when he was at Sunderland. However, there is absolutely no credible reason why Bruce should be considered for the post, Mike Ashley yet again going into the lower divisions to get a manager/head coach.

The man from The Telegraph says that whilst Steve Bruce will get the job by tomorrow, it remains to be seen whether due to potential visa problems with lack of time, if he will join the squad in the coming week in China – they fly out on Saturday.

The report says the two clubs are now discussing compensation and media claims have been from £1m to £5m at the most. With Steve Bruce said to be on a one year rolling  contract at a Championship club, it would seem unlikely it could be anything like £5m, considering Rafa’s release clause/compensation was £6m when at Newcastle.

Luke Edwards is also persevering with his theme of money being the big motivation for Rafa Benitez this summer.

‘Bruce’s arrival will be seen as underwhelming choice by many supporters still angry at the failure to keep Benitez, who decided not to sign a contract extension in order to accept a £12m-a-year role in China with Dalian Yifang.’

You would be hard pushed to find many/any Newcastle fans to agree with that appraisal of the Spaniard’s situation/decision-making.

Supporters very much understanding that Rafa Benitez left NUFC because of the shocking lack of ambition as well as stupidity, plus of course the complete lack of trust due to Mike Ashley misleading him repeatedly these past two and a half years. If all of the important boxes [including a fair pay rise reflecting the job he had done] had been ticked then Rafa would still be here, the chance to have a proper go at the Premier League would have made China not even a consideration.

Rafa Benitez being proved completely right of course with everything that has happened this season proving the total lack of ambition. Steve Bruce summing it up, somebody who shouldn’t even be considered but so desperate he will take the job with whatever strict conditions Mike Ashley wants to put in place and no say on anything important such as transfer policy, as was the case with Pardew, Carver and McClaren.

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