Journalist claims manager who rejected NUFC job in 2019 would be keen if Bruce is sacked

TalkSPORT reporter Alan Biggs believes that Chris Wilder could be in line to be our next manager should Steve Bruce get the sack over the coming months.

Biggs also reveals that we ‘investigated the possibility’ of bringing him to St James’ Park back in 2019, however he stayed loyal to the Yorkshire club, leaving us to look at Steve Bruce instead.

The former Sheffield United boss parted ways with his hometown club this month having guided them to the Premier League from the third division.

The Blades were the top flight’s surprise package last year, finishing 9th, but have suffered a serious case of “second season syndrome” this time out, having been all but relegated since Christmas.

Here is what Briggs said about the Newcastle United links:

“He’s been linked with Celtic but I can’t see that one.

What I do see is either West Brom or Newcastle for sure,”

“I do know that in 2019 following Sheffield United’s promotion, Newcastle investigated the possibility of recruiting him but he stayed loyal and wanted to manage his team in the top-flight.

“I think it would appeal to him but I’m not speaking with any sort of knowledge of having discussed it with him but I think it would.”

Wilder is currently embroiled in a battle with his former bosses as he is wrangling over a £4m payoff despite walking out of the job.

He would no doubt fit the bill for what Mike Ashley has always wanted in charge of NUFC. He is out of a job, likely won’t rock the boat too much and – most of all – he would be cheaper than other managers out there.

It wouldn’t be an inspiring choice – even if he is an upgrade on Steve Bruce – but that comes as no surprise for Toon supporters.

Eddie Howe, who adopts a more front foot, attacking approach, would be a much better fit for our club for me – no matter what division we are playing in next season.

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