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.

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