Mike Ashley to pay six-figure fee to land new coach as Bruce breaks silence on imminent appointment

After weekend reports claimed Graeme Jones was in talks to join Steve Bruce’s coaching team, it seems a move to bring the Bournemouth assistant to NUFC is now imminent.

Steve Bruce has confirmed he’s “hopeful” the former Belgium assistant will arrive over the next 24 hours, while TalkSPORT’s Alex Crook reports that we’re due to pay a ‘six figure’ compensation fee to The Cherries after he was given permission to speak with his boyhood club.

Here’s what Crook has had to say, followed by Steve Bruce’s take on the 50-year-old’s arrival:

“He’s been given permission to speak to us. Talks are ongoing.

“It’s something we’ve been looking at for a while now with the problems of COVID.

“Let’s hope we can get it resolved and he can come and give us a hand.”

“Hopefully, we’ll get things sorted in the next 24 hours.’

‘He’s a Newcastle fan, and I think that’s what tipped him our way.

“He wants to come and work at his hometown club.”

So, Mike Ashley would rather pay several hundred thousand pounds to ‘help Bruce out’ than pay £1.5m in compensation fees to sack Steve Bruce.

Is this us slowly moving out the current coaching team in preparation for Bruce’s inevitable sacking or a clean sign that the NUFC owner has faith in the current manager and would rather support him on the cheap than pay him off completely? Sadly, I think it’s the latter.

Let’s hope Jones is one hell of a coach. What a complete and utter mess.

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13 thoughts on “Mike Ashley to pay six-figure fee to land new coach as Bruce breaks silence on imminent appointment

  1. BRUCE HAS PROVED NO HONOR ,WILL NOT QUIT AS HE DRAGS US DOWN AND HE IS SUPPOSED TO BE A TOON SUPPORTER ,JUST A VOICE PIECE FOR THE FATMAN

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  2. News: F Lampard sacked today by Chelski

    This should be NUFC’s next manager = and Ashley should move fast to give him the opportunity to prove he’s a very good manager!

    Don’t go for the cheap / lazy option of getting a Sponsor to work alongside Bruce

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  3. Chelsea want success and sack a good young manager.
    Newcastle don’t want success and keep the cabbage.
    Says it all!

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  4. Ashley won’t sack Bruce because he would have to pay compensation – Bruce won’t leave because he wouldn’t get his payoff – so your stuck with him
    No chance of a takeover because the buyer would also have to buy a new team !

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  5. Wonder why Rafa has quit China,don’t believe for a minute it’s anything to do with COVID.Hope someone does buy this club QUICK as no one will invest in a club where its players are just playing for their salary instead of their fans that pay it.

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