Steve Bruce has shrugged off reports claiming he could become the new Newcastle United manager, saying ‘it’s news to me”.
This comes after his odds dropped dramatically with several bookmakers on Tuesday (with some suspending the betting) after Sky Sports confirmed he was one of the names Mike Ashley was ‘considering’ to replace Rafa Benitez.
It looks like any move for Bruce is far from imminent, however, with him seeming baffled by the fact he’s suddenly become the bookies favourite.
Here’s what he’s had to say to the Sheffield Star after the Owls’ pre-season win over Shrewsbury Town last night:
“It’s news to me.
“God only knows what happened on Tuesday afternoon. There seemed to be an upsurge (in the betting) from somewhere.
“As far as I am concerned, I am here, I am going home tomorrow and looking forward to walking the dog.”
This will no doubt come as a relief to many fans, with many seeing the former Wigan, Sunderland Villa and Birmingham boss as an incredibly underwhelming option.
That said, he’s not actually ruled himself out of the running or stated he has no plans to leave if an offer did arrive.
I’m hoping we make no approach and decide to pursue slightly more inspiring options instead, however I am a firm believer that he’d leave Sheffield Wednesday in a flash if Mike Ashley did come calling.