The bookies have stopped taking bets on the Newcastle United job, Steve Bruce appearing to be a manager (or head coach…) in waiting.

It was widely reported that he would be formally announced on Friday, only for that to pass as the two club still had not agreed compensation for the switch.

Newcastle fans left stunned that Mike Ashley had pushed Rafa Benitez out of the door AND was now prepared to pay extra to sign a Championship boss who clearly shouldn’t  even be being considered for the role.

Further headlines were made when Steve Bruce didn’t step off the Sheffield Wednesday team bus today, for a friendly at Lincoln.

Only for the Owls boss to appear later having traveled under his own steam.

On Tuesday night (see below) he had claimed ignorance about Newcastle United interest, only to then meet Lee Charnley on Wednesday according to reports.

After today’s 3-1 friendly win over Lincoln, Steve Bruce has now admitted that he did indeed meet Newcastle United officials this week to talk about the job but has rubber stamped the reports of the decision now resting on Mike Ashley agreeing to pay the compensation necessary.

“It is in the hands of both clubs and we will see what develops over the next 24 to 48 hours.”

An educated guess would say it looks like we are looking at a Monday confirmation that he has indeed become Rafa’s replacement.

A move which ironically will leave both Sheffield Wednesday and Newcastle United fans furious!

Steve Bruce talking to The Star today (Saturday 13 July) about Newcastle United/Mike Ashley wanting him to be their next manager/Head Coach:

“Speculation is speculation…

“It is in the hands of the club.

“I thought it was only right that I go and talk (to Newcastle United).

“It was over with before it started and thankfully the chairman gave me permission to go and have a conversation (with Newcastle United), so we will see what develops after that.

“For me, at this particular moment, there is nothing really to talk about until the two clubs reach some sort of compromise.

“Look, it’s happened so quickly that I have got to take stock of the situation.

“It is in the hands of both clubs and we will see what develops over the next 24 to 48 hours.”

Tuesday night (9 July) in Portugal, Steve Bruce was asked about speculation regarding the Newcastle United job:

“It’s news to me.

“God only knows what happened on Tuesday afternoon.

“There seemed to be an upsurge [in the betting] from somewhere.

“John Terry was favourite [for the job] yesterday [Monday].

“It was Mikel Arteta the day before [Sunday], so who knows.

“As far as I am concerned, I am here.

“I am going home tomorrow and looking forward to walking the dog!”


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Jim Robertson