Sheffield Wednesday boss Steve Bruce is being lined up as a shock contender for the vacant Newcastle job according to The Telegraph.
It was recently announced that Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez has failed to agree terms for a contract extension with the North East club and will leave on June 30th when his current contract expires.
Steve Bruce is now already emerging as one of the lead candidates to take the reins at St James Park. It would be a controversial decision should Bruce take charge considering his previous Sunderland connections.
The news of Benitez’s departure has been met with widespread criticism with the Spaniard being a real fan’s favourite in his three years at the club.
The Newcastle hierarchy confirmed in a statement: “We have worked hard to extend Rafa’s contract over a significant period of time, however it has not been – and will not be – possible to reach an agreement with Rafa and his representatives.”
This is seen as being a huge blow for the Toon ahead of their Premier League season and it is believed that they will now be looking for someone with extensive management experience to replace him.
Former Birmingham City boss Garry Monk is currently the favourite with the bookmakers for the Newcastle job but Steve Bruce is under serious consideration as well.
Bruce has impressed in his short spell at Wednesday but it is hard pressed to believe that the Geordie faithful would be too happy with his appointment after losing one of the best managers they have had in recent times.
There is certainly experience with Steve Bruce who has also managed in the Premier League but in comparison to Benitez’s proven track record in the top flight of English football it is less than favourable.
With frustrations already rife at Newcastle, it will be difficult to see fans being happy with Bruce being linked to the job.