Newcastle & Bruce

Rafa Benitez left Newcastle United in June after his contract expired. The Spaniard is now honing his craft in China.

Despite the Premier League season being less than a month away, Newcastle have yet to appoint a new boss.

It was reported earlier this week by the Telegraph that Newcastle hoped to have Steve Bruce named as boss by the weekend:

Sources at St James’ Park have indicated to Telegraph Sport that, barring any last-minute hitches, Bruce will be announced as Rafa Benitez’s replacement before the weekend.

Well unfortunately for Newcastle, there appears to have been some last minute hitches.

Keith Downie is the North East football reporter for Sky Sports News.

On Friday evening, Downie provided an update on Bruce, claiming that Newcastle’s move for the Sheffield Wednesday boss has hit a snag.

Sheffield Wednesday are said to be holding out for a far greater fee than Newcastle expected to pay for Bruce and his assistants.

However, Downie then goes on to explain that the money issue doesn’t mean it is off. But it would explain the hold-up, as the Telegraph did say it would be done by the weekend baring issues.

Steve Bruce

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 12: Villa manager Steve Bruce reacts after a near miss during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Middlesbrough at Villa Park on September 12, 2017 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Newcastle’s preseason & fixtures

The Magpies will no doubt be keen to wrap up a deal for Bruce as soon as possible as the Premier League Season is right round the corner.

Newcastle will face Wolves on Wednesday the 17th of July in the Premier League Asian trophy.

They then have ties against Hibernian and St-Etienne to finish off their preseason.

Newcastle’s 2019/20 PL campaign kicks off against Arsenal on August 11th.

Related : Sean Longstaff ‘hopeful’ of Man United & Newcastle agreeing deal – Sky

Newcastle hopeful Steve Bruce will be named new boss by weekend – Telegraph

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