Could Newcastle appoint former Sunderland manager Steve Bruce?

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 09 July 2019, 15:46

A new name has burst into the betting to succeed Rafa Benitez at Newcastle after bookies slashed Steve Bruce from a 33/1 outsider to the evens frontrunner.

It’s taken many people by surprise considering that not only is Steve Bruce currently employed, at Sheffield Wednesday, but perhaps more pertinently he’s previously managed the Toon’s fierce rivals Sunderland, a job he held between 2009 and 2011.

During his two-and-a-half-year tenure on Wearside his troops would finish 13th then 10th in the Premier League, the latter of which remains the club’s highest league standing since 2001. But with the club 16th, he then became the first managerial casualty of the 2011/12 season.

Bruce then led Hull to promotion up to the Premier League on two occasions - sandwiched either side of an FA Cup final - which was followed by a year at Aston Villa.

In February 2019 he took up his tenth job in management at Sheffield Wednesday, who finished the season 12th in the Championship.

It’s fair to say the sudden appearance of Bruce in the next Newcastle manager market has not gone down too well with many Magpies fans on Twitter…

“How can you go from a champions league winning manager in Rafa Benitez to a championship manager who used to manage Sunderland?” [@ninenufc]

“A lot of fans are already gone, a lot more are clinging on in the hope of some progressive news. This would be the straw that breaks the camels back for a lot of fans. NOT what we need, NOT what we want. Not even close.” [@nufc_distillery]

“Great ....thats us on 10 points by christmas” [@HopeJohnny]

Bruce previously told BBC Radio Sheffield:

“I never take any notice of all that sort of speculation or tittle-tattle because the way the newspapers are today, no disrespect, I think there have been 150 managers associated with Newcastle. I would suppose I’m going to be one of them.”

Pretty standard comments, but should Newcastle make an approach, his Bruce’s head could well be turned in what would be his third job in a year.

Bruce, who has not managed in the top-flight since 2015, may originally be from Newcastle but the fact that he’s managed Sunderland is undoubtedly a no go for many fans.

The only man to ever manage both clubs is Sam Allardyce, although he oversaw Newcastle first, then Sunderland.

Elsewhere, Mikel Arteta, Jose Mourinho, and Chris Wilder remain in the top echelons of the betting, while Quique Sanchez Florez has drifted out to 25/1.

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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