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Time to really start worrying as Steve Bruce backed in to next Newcastle United Manager favouritism

2 years ago
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I have always worried that Steve Bruce would one day find himself manager of Newcastle United.

I now fear that day could have arrived.

Tuesday morning has seen the current Sheffield Wednesday boss backed in to favourite for the Newcastle job.

He was as high as 40/1 previously but is now (1pm Tuesday) as low as 6/4 with some bookies, that price having shortened further since I last looked 15 minutes ago.

It is not just the bookies odds that make me think this is likely, the more I think about it, the more I can see the Mike Ashley PR putting out their statement.

The media happy to relate how this ‘Lifelong Newcastle United fan and manager with a wealth of experience in the Premier League, has landed his dream job.’

When newspapers linked him (and a cast of thousands) with the Newcastle job after Mike Ashley announced on 24 June that Rafa Benitez wouldn’t be staying, Steve Bruce told BBC Radio Sheffield:

“Maybe [I have been linked with the job] because I’m from Newcastle.

“But no [I haven’t had any contact with Newcastle], I have 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 am going to be one of them.”

After walking away from Hull in 2016 due to claimed worries about their transfer policy/budget, he quickly got the job at Villa in October 2016. He only compounded their problems, wasting significant further sums of money and at one point looking like he was taking them down to League One.

Steve Bruce was eventually sacked in October 2018 and next turned up at Sheffield Wednesday.

A club with financial problems and having been operating  under a ‘soft transfer embargo’, he would almost certainly jump ship once again, no matter what Mike Ashley circus he would be joining at St James Park.

Your typical Mike Ashley NUFC managerial appointment so far has been somebody from the lower divisions and/or who hasn’t worked for a while.

Steve Bruce was sacked by Sunderland back in November 2011 and later claimed a big part of the reason for his dismissal was because he was a Newcastle fan..

Since then, his only PL experience came during his spell at Hull where he got them promoted to the top tier but then relegated, before promotion once again before his departure three year ago.

When Bruce took the Sheff Wed job in January, I wouldn’t be surprised if he insisted on an easy get out clause if a job came up elsewhere, meaning Mike Ashley may end up yet again no compensation to land his next manager/head coach.

Listening to this plastic supposed Newcastle fan would add an extra layer of misery/frustration to a situation that is so toxic to begin with.

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