Steve Bruce wants Newcastle talks while Sam Allardyce turns down the Toon

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 11 July 2019, 09:27

Newcastle’s search for Rafa Benitez’s successor has gone up a notch after reported target Steve Bruce asked current club Sheffield Wednesday for permission to speak to the Toon.

The Times’ Northern Football Correspondent, Paul Joyce, revealed on Twitter that Bruce is keen for talks after learning of Newcastle's interest. The former Sunderland boss emerged as the shock favourite for the vacancy on Tuesday, and can now be backed at just 1/3 in the next Newcastle manager market.

It will reportedly cost Newcastle in excess of £5million - as reported by The Times - to snatch Bruce from Sheffield Wednesday, a staggering fee that will no doubt raise eyebrows on Tyneside.

Bruce, who hails from the Newcastle area, was a Toon target back in 2004 but Birmingham - who he was in charge of at the time - priced them out of an appointment as they wanted a whopping £7m in compensation. In the end, it was Graeme Souness who replaced Sir Bobby Robson.

The likes of Mikel Arteta and Patrick Vieira have also been linked with the club, but it’s understood that they were warned off by former boss Benitez. Meanwhile, another ex-Magpies manager, Sam Allardyce, has surprisingly revealed to talkSPORT that he turned down the chance to return to St James’ Park.

“It never got to the type of talks people are suggesting but it wasn’t for me. I politely said ‘no’.

“I never got to talk to Mike Ashley. My agent contacted me, I had a think about it and a quick look at the situation and thanked them very much. It’s not for me.”

Allardyce oversaw just 24 games at the helm of Newcastle, a post he held for only eight months. The former England manager has been out of work since May 2018 when Everton decided to bring in Marco Silva.

Next Newcastle Manager Odds

(Updated:2019-07-11 09:26:34)
Steve Bruce 3/10 3/10
Jose Mourinho 14 14
Quique Sanchez Flores 10 10
Mikel Arteta 20 20
Patrick Vieira 14 14
David Moyes 25 25
John Terry 25 25
Chris Wilder 25 25
Giovanni van Bronckhorst 33 33
Jurgen Klinsmann
Roberto Martinez 33 33
Thierry Henry
Chris Hughton 25 25
Mark Hughes 40 40
Kevin Nolan 40 40
Slavisa Jokanovic
Lee Bowyer 20 20
Laurent Blanc 16 16
Sam Allardyce 40 40
Chris Coleman
Ben Dawson 50 50
Nigel Pearson 50 50
Roberto Mancini 40 40
Michael ONeill 40 40
Claudio Ranieri 50 50
Sean Dyche 50 50
Darren Moore
Kevin Keegan
Sergio Conceicao 50 50
Philip Neville 50 50
Neil Redfearn 50 50
Steven Gerrard 66 66
Tim Sherwood 50 50
Nolberto Solano
Christophe Galtier 66 66
Avram Grant 66 66
Sol Campbell 66 66
Claude Puel 66 66
Michael Appleton
Alan Pardew 66 66
Tony Pulis 66 66
Gennaro Gattuso 66 66
Paul Heckingbottom 66 66
Michael Laudrup 66 66
Anthony Hudson 66 66
Michael Carrick 66 66
Neil Warnock
Jorge Sampaoli
Garry Monk 66 66
Steve Clarke 80 80
Harry Redknapp 80 80
Mark Warburton 80 80
Alan Shearer 80 80
Marcelo Bielsa 80 80
Martin ONeill 80 80
Dennis Wise 80 80
Manuel Pellegrini 80 80
Eddie Howe 80 80
Aitor Karanka
Gareth Southgate 80 80
Paul Jewell
Nigel Adkins
Owen Coyle 80 80
Roy Keane 80 80
Roberto Di Matteo 80 80
Neil Lennon 90 90
Steve McClaren 100 100
Shola Ameobi 100 100
Joe Kinnear 100 100
Arsene Wenger 100 100
Gordon Strachan 100 100
Massimiliano Allegri 100 100
Gary Megson 100 100
Gary Neville 100 100
Bob Bradley 100 100
Ronny Deila 100 100
Paolo Di Canio 100 100
Ally McCoist 100 100
Ronald Koeman 150 150
Luis Enrique 150 150
Alan Curbishley
Graeme Souness 175 175
Mick McCarthy 175 175
John Carver 100 100
Thomas Tuchel 225 225
Slaven Bilic 225 225
Mike Newell 90 90
Brendan Rodgers 425 425
Ant 500
Ant And Dec 500

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