John Richardson’s new report also claims that Bruce has already agreed terms with Newcastle, stating he’s accepted an offer of £20,000 per week / £1m per year – a wage that would see him become the LOWEST paid manager in the Premier League.
As far as talks with Sheffield Wednesday are concerned, the piece states that Mike Ashley is not prepared to pay ‘anywhere near’ the £5m compensation fee the Owls are demanding.
The piece claims that Ashley will instead hope to see Bruce ‘walk out’ on the club, leaving both clubs to haggle over a final fee.
Here’s an extract from John Richardson’s new ‘exclusive’ for the Mirror:
Steve Bruce has agreed to join boyhood club Newcastle — as the Premier League’s lowest-paid manager.
Geordie Bruce’s desperation to be in charge of the club he and his family have supported will see his basic pay pegged at £1million a year, when predecessor Rafa Benitez was getting a £6m annual wage.
The 58-year-old will, however, be able to boost his £20,000 per week wages by ensuring the Magpies avoid relegation back to the Championship.
MirrorFootball can reveal owner Mike Ashley has worked out an incentive-driven salary which will see Bruce collect an extra payment for every place Newcastle finish above the bottom three.
Ending up in the middle of the table would see Bruce collecting a Benitez-style bonanza payment.
After originally believing he would have to pay just £1m to snatch Bruce from the Championship club, Ashley has now been met with a demand for around £5m. He is not prepared to pay anywhere near that and is hoping Bruce will walk out, leaving both parties to haggle over the final terms.
Bruce wants to bring back Newcastle’s legendary star-finder Graham Carr as part of his St James’ Park revolution.
He knows Carr, who once signed an eight-year contract with the Tyneside club, still possesses the contacts, especially in Europe, to help him bring in the right players.
Carr is expected to be offered a senior scouting role by Bruce, having remained on good terms with the Ashley regime.
Carr may have brought in some absolute gems during his time on Tyneside, but for every Cabaye, Tiote, Cisse, Sissoko, Remy and Debuchy there was a Amalfitano, De Jong, Obertan, Riviere, Marveaux and Mbiwa.
Also, what would his arrival mean for current head of recruitment Steve Nickson – especially when the current scouting team are said to have targets lined up for Bruce’s potential arrival.
That being said, this is all pointless if we don’t actually agree a deal with Sheffield Wednesday – and a big part of me is hoping we don’t (not that I have any faith in who we’d look at next should this move collapse!)
Here’s what Bruce had to say yesterday when asked about the speculation linking him with the Newcastle job:
“Look, it has happened so quickly that I have got to take stock of the situation.”
“Speculation is speculation. It’s in the hands of the clubs. For me, at this particular moment, there is nothing really to talk about until the two clubs reach some sort of compromise.”
“It’s in the hands of both clubs and we will see what develops over the next 24 to 48 hours.
“It’s football and it has come from nowhere really in the last two to three days so we will see what the weekend brings.”
“Out of respect, I thought it was only right that I go and talk (to NUFC). It was over before it started and thankfully the chairman gave me permission to go and have a conversation. We will see what develops after that.”