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Sheffield Wednesday fans discuss potential Steve Bruce return after Newcastle United sacking

3 months ago
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Sheffield Wednesday fans watched on at Hillsborough on Tuesday night as they beat Luton 1-0.

A Jacob Murphy cross helping to set up the winning goal.

That win puts the Owls top of the Championship with nine points from four games.

However, scratch below the surface and the fanbase are are still not sure what could and should happen.

Caretaker boss Lee Bullen is very popular with fans due to his long-term association with the club but Sheffield Wednesday fans aren’t necessarily convinced he is the man for the job. Both in terms of whether he has the skills to do it and a fear that if it goes pear-shaped, the supporters would hate to see a fan favourite exit the club on a very negative note.

Despite top of the league after four games, the fans haven’t been totally convinced by the performances.

The owner Chansiri also appears to be unsure what to do, five weeks after Bruce’s departure and Lee Bullen is still caretaker boss.

An interesting discussion has now appeared amongst Sheffield Wednesday fans, would they take Steve Bruce back if/when he is sacked by Newcastle in the near future.

Some interesting comments below, everything from such a return would make sense, right through to would never take him back under any circumstances.

What they do seem unanimous about though, is that Steve Bruce won’t be head coach at Newcastle United for much longer.

Bruce lasted 18 games at Sheffield Wednesday before deserting them.

Newcastle’s schedule sees 18 Premier League matches before Christmas, can Steve Bruce last longer than the turkey?

Sheffield Wednesday fans comment via their Owls Talk message board:

‘Steve Bruce has not exactly got off to a flyer at Newcastle and is bookies favourite to be the first to get the sack.

Personally, although I don’t like he left us, it was for his boyhood club and it was his last chance to manage them which you can understand.

The way he went about it was not great but I think given its likely the additions were Bruce and co’s players he did put us in a good position and unlike anyone else could come back and know the squad…

Would the players be happy to see him return?

Would fans be happy to see him return?’

‘Can I borrow your drugs?’

‘Personally think Newcastle will be Bruce’s last job.’

‘You may very well be right, although if he is unceremoniously sacked after say 8 losses he might have something to prove.’

‘Bullen is doing great I totally agree but will be have the contacts and the know how in the transfer market… he is a legend at the club I kinda don’t want him to spoil that which I think it will when he gets the sack.

Its only been 4 games and last 2 have hardly been convincing.’

‘Wonder what Bruce is thinking now?

I’m guessing its something like…wtf have i done?

Newcastle could be his last job now…. huge clanger dropped brucie.’

‘Fizz Bruce and those two weasels that followed him to Newcastle. Wouldn’t want any of them anywhere our club ever again.’

‘We took Ron back.

We waited for Steve Bruce once … but now he looks like a haunted cabbage.

Maybe take him back – if NUFC will pay us money to take him!’

‘I wonder how Steve Bruce would carry it off if it happened…?

I would call a press conference, then pretend to suddenly sorta wake up….

“Where am I…Oh thank God its Hillsborough!”

“I had this awful (remarkable dream)…’

‘Or…

“Crikey, my dog don’t half pull on this lead…I ended up 90 miles up the A1…Sorry about that…Now lets get promoted”

‘Nah just say sorry the club needed money and Newcastle had the money, we managed to get a few players in with it which is what was needed.’

Now we’ve fleeced them lets get on with the job… Agent Bruce out..’

‘No chance..

1. he’d be too embarrassed to come back here after what he did unless we offered him a big wedge (which would be quite possible).

2. He’d be on gardening leave from Newcastle and we’d have to pay them compensation.

3. He shafted Chansiri and there’s no way he’d appoint him after that.

4. If he did come, the probability of things clicking for him wouldn’t be good as there’s too much baggage.

Time to move on… yeah the guy had promotions from this league on his CV but that’s not the be all and end all. He also had a poor record in the Prem.’

‘No thanks. I forgave Big Ron but he’d already proven how good a manager he was for us.

Brucie doesn’t have enough brownie points to be forgiven for what he did. It’s not just that he left us – he left us after we had treated him with such compassion. That’s rare in football and should have been rewarded with loyalty.’

‘Not as far-fetched as it sounds.

Re’ the Toon, Bruce would tell Chansiri that it’s the one job in football he couldn’t say “no” to, especially at his age.

There’s probably some truth in that, but it’s whether Chansiri would take him back.

Bruce was chosen by him, though, and if he were totally happy with what’s currently on offer then Bullen wouldn’t be in situ.’

‘What the fans think wouldn’t come into it as far as Chansiri is concerned.

The players wouldn’t care less either, because they’re no more loyal to this club than he was.

They’re all mercenaries, paid employees who’d jump ship just as readily if it bettered their situations.

Chansiri needs promotion and he (Bruce) was his choice to make that happen, which makes all the difference.’

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