According to the Telegraph, Newcastle United are all set to appoint Steve Bruce as the new manager at St James’ Park.
Luke Edwards’ ‘exclusive’ claims that, barring any ‘last-minute hitches’, the Sheffield Wednesday boss will be announced as Rafa Benitez’s replacement over the next 48 hours.
As a result, this could see him make the trip to China next week ahead of our involvement in the Premier League Asia Trophy.
Here’s what Luke Edwards has had to say in his latest ‘exclusive’ for the Telegraph:
Newcastle United are set to appoint Steve Bruce as manager and are hoping he will be able to join up with the team on their pre-season tour of China.
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.
It remains to be seen whether Bruce will be able to go on Newcastle’s pre-season trip to the Far East because of visa issues but he if he can agree personal terms, the club will endeavour to ensure he is able to meet the players for the first time in China next week.
Newcastle, whose interest in Bruce was revealed by Telegraph Sport immediately after Benitez’s departure was conformed a fortnight ago, are still discussing compensation with Sheffield Wednesday regarding the release of the former Manchester United captain.
But the 58-year-old wants the job and feels he cannot resist the lure of the challenge on Tyneside.
A boyhood Newcastle fan, it is the job his parents, who died last year, always wanted Bruce to take and although he will walk into the eye of a storm on Tyneside he is ready to accept the criticism that will follow his appointment.
Newcastle need to move swiftly following the departure of Benitez as they are yet to sign a player in this transfer window and need a manager in place before that can start.
Bruce has been warned about what he will face if he takes the job and the amount of opposition he will face from disgruntled supporters, but has not been deterred, with those close to the vastly experienced manager insisting he still felt it was an offer he could not refuse.
What an absolute travesty – especially if claims he’ll cost in excess of £5m are true.
Losing Rafa is one thing, but replacing him with a Championship manager is yet another unforgivable error from Mike Ashley – a man who seems determined to destroy our club and crush fans hopes and dreams in the process.