TWO managers put their name forward for the vacant U-23 job – & Bruce wants the final say

It’s our understanding both Lee Clarke and Craig Hignett have put their names forward to become the new head coach of Newcastle’s U-23’s.

This comes after Neil Redfearn quit the club just last week, leaving the club searching for their fourth U-23s boss in less than two years, and it’s believed Steve Bruce wants to decide who succeeds him.

Lee Clarke is currently managing in the sixth tier of English football with National League North side Blyth Spartans and is well known from his stint at St James’ Park between 1990-1997.

Clark had a successful spell with Huddersfield, taking them to the League one play-off finals in 2011, however he’s since struggled during stint at Birmingham, Blackpool, Kilmarnock and Bury.

Then there’s Craig Hignett, who was part of Aitor Karanka’s coaching team at Middlesborough from 2014-2016.

He’s since had a stint in charge of Hartlepool, but is now on the look out for another job after being sacked just last month.

Time will tell if the club have any interest in bringing either in to take over at U-23 level, but it seems Steve Bruce may have more of a say this time around.

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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.

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