Speaking on Duncan Castles’ Transfer Window podcast, Ian McGarry claims Chris Wilder is in the running to replace Steve Bruce.
He claims that Newcastle are exploring their options heading into the weekend, suggesting the club will sack Bruce should we lose Saturday’s relegation six-pointer at Brighton.
Wilder was sacked by Sheffield United last weekend and is priced at just 2/1 to take over on Tyneside according to one bookmaker, with The Athletic also revealing that he was on our radar the summer Steve Bruce was appointed in 2019.
Here’s what McGarry had to say on Duncan Castles’ latest podcast, claiming Sheffield United are stalling on his compensation package after becoming aware of our interest in the 53-year-old:
“We bring you news now of the possibility, which has been talked about, of the departure of Newcastle United’s manager Steve Bruce, a Manchester United legend himself, and the possibility of him being replaced if they lose to Brighton this coming weekend,”
“We understand [Chris Wilder] is in the running to replace Steve Bruce, something which Sheffield United are aware of, and therefore are stalling on the compensation package [potentially owed to him following his recent departure],”
Who knows what’s going on behind the scenes – although you’d like to believe the club will FINALLY look for a new manager if Bruce makes it two wins in 20 at Brighton.
Wilder may not be up there alongside the likes of Howe, Lampard or Benitez as the most inspiring replacement, but beggars can’t be choosers at this stage of the season.
After all, not many will work under Mike Ashley – never mind have just NINE games to avoid a relegation being stamped onto their CV.
If these rumours were true and Wilder was being eyed up, would you be happy to see him replace Bruce should defeat on Saturday see him sacked?