Bruce plans to bring ex-NUFC man back to St James’ as he agrees to laughable deal – Report

According to an ‘exclusive’ from the Mirror, Steve Bruce will offer Graham Carr a ‘senior scouting role’ at the club if he lands the job at Newcastle United.

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.”

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About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

14 thoughts on “Bruce plans to bring ex-NUFC man back to St James’ as he agrees to laughable deal – Report

  1. Steve Bruce is selling his soul to Ashley, that really does show how low we have sunk as a football club, he has shown no respect to Sheffield Wednesday, and coming to work for Ashley, thought us Geordies had more pride than that.


  2. Now ‘WE’ all know that Graham Carr will have been forced on Bruce?…And if there is any truth in Bruce accepting such a piss poor arrangement as regards pay and to have agreed to walk out on Sheffield Wednesday without any ounce of integrity or lotalty then he is undoubtably suited to life crawling around on his belly next to or Under Ashleys foot. What little positive thought i have of him has now gone. A match made in heaven (Ashley and Bruce) as for the real people concerned as regards their once great club relegation beckons and it cant come fast enough for me in the forthcoming circumstances.


  3. I suspected as soon as Rafa walked out that Carr would walk in.
    Back to business as far as the creature is concerned.


  4. Ashley has 42,000 Marionrettes who will ensure he has no need to sell Newcastle, EVER.
    The Master Puppeteer has demonstrated he pulls all the strings at SJP.
    I think I’ll watch the movie Pinocchio instead of the Toon on Saturdays, at least it has a good ending.


  5. Graham Carr ? Now I have always believed Ashley doesn’t want to sell club, never has. But I think Now after BZG made all the right noises he is frightened someone comes along with the money, so what should he do ? Lets get rid of Rafa, sell players, replace them with free transfers and employ Bruce and Carr and make the club an irresistable bargain that no one can resist, not !!!! As for Bruce, I agree with others, he has no self respect by selling his soul to the devil, if as said on £20,000 a week for premiership manager then it shows how little he values himself but Also how little Ashley values and rates him. As for this “it’s my club” sorry Steve if Man Utd came calling you would use the same phrase. Have some pride for yourself and for the Geordie nation and turn this bloodsucking parasite down, its time he started to suffer like what he has done to our club for the last 12years


  6. As long as the so called ‘faithful’ buy their season tickets, Ashley will remain, collecting his ‘pay dirt’ every week. When will these fans wake up and stop attending SJP. Your supporting crap for heavens sake, stay away and watch Ashley crumble. Even if it means dropping down to the fourth tier, empty the ground so he has no where to go! You pay for a ticket and you support Ashley, so stop paying him or stop moaning.


  7. A bonus for avoiding relegation. No mention of trophies, note. He couldn’t care elss. The idiots who’ll turn up will fill his pockets to convince him he’s right to rip us off.
    THEY are the main problem. The fans going and buying tickets


  8. Carr is still on the payroll due to the 8 year deal he signed way back but Rafa never wanted him so he was let go while collecting a wage, that was never going to work for Ashley so back to work for Carr scoutin players we are never going to sign unless by some chance their is a flaw in a players contract that allows them to move under the noses of their current clubs ie Cabaye, Debauchy, Janmatt. How come it never showed up in club accounts salaries are still paid to Carr, Carver, Nolan, Maclaren and Shola the strolla?


  9. Was it ever made public or show up in accounts how much Ashley paid the club for the lands at strawberry place? that development is in the 100’s of millions now, how can the Pl stand back and they that kind of shady dealings at a PL club go on? Bet if he was a foreign owner it would be different. PS I’m finished with my sky subscription all they are is a Mike Ashley mouth piece.


  10. Bruce ain’t no geordie he’s like that other **** John Hall a sell out he can do one and take Carr with him as for ashley he will get what he deserves, it’s unprintable


  11. What a owner and management team we are going to have, one ******** at the top and all the ****e underneath! If it does not persuade fans to stay away from arsenal game we deserve all we get, come on let’s show the fcb, an empty ground on tv .sorry but it’s only way boycott boycott boycott ashleyoot


  12. There just has to be a boycott of all home matches. Being hit in the pocket is the only thing Ashley will understand. The downside to that of course is that Ashley is seemingly the kind of character that would destroy the club. Right now I think players and supporters are in a no win situation. SJP just has to be kept empty for any televised match


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