In a club statement released late last night, Sheffield Wednesday have confirmed that they’ve now reported Newcastle United to the Premier League over the appointment Steve Bruce and his coaching staff.
The Owls did threaten to take legal action in their initial statement following Bruce’s official arrival on Tyneside, suggesting they were seeking advice on the matter, and now it seems they are going ahead with it.
Here’s what they’ve had to say in their latest club statement:
‘Following Newcastle United’s announcement on 17 July 2019 of its appointment of former Sheffield Wednesday staff Steve Bruce, Steve Agnew and Stephen Clemence, the Club confirms that it has today reported Newcastle United’s conduct to the Premier League.
‘As the Premier League will now initiate and carry out investigations into the Club’s allegations, the Club will not be commenting further on this matter whilst such investigations are ongoing.‘
It’s a messy situation and another reminder of how shambolic our owner really is. Not only has he let Rafa leave, sold our top scorer, refused to sign our player of the season and failed to sign a single player, he couldn’t even appoint a bang-average manager like Steve Bruce properly.
Bruce resigned prior to his move to St James’ Park, something that casted real doubt over Sheffield Wednesday’s ability to demand a significant compensation package.
It was initially reported that we had paid the total Sheffield Wednesday were demanding for Bruce, however doubts emerged regarding the additional fees required to bring his coaching staff to the club.
Either way, Bruce walking out has left them with no manager just 10 days before the new Championship season, so I am not surprised to see Chasiri reporting us to the Premier League.