Steve Bruce has confirmed that there have been talks about him becoming Newcastle United’s next manager but insisted that there is ‘nothing really to talk about’ at the moment.
After being linked with the likes of Jose Mourinho, Steven Gerrard, Patrick Vieira and Mikel Arteta, it looks like former Sunderland boss Bruce could be set to be appointed as Rafael Benitez’s replacement.
The Sheffield Wednesday boss is a distinctly underwhelming option for the vast majority of the St. James Park faithful, an option which is only fuelling anger in the direction of controversial owner Mike Ashley.
Speaking after Saturday’s 4-0 win over Stocksbridge Park, Bruce was asked about the speculation linking him with the Newcastle United job, and confirmed that the two clubs are in talks about his potential release.
“It’s in the hands of the club… For me, at this particular moment, there is nothing really to talk about until the two clubs reach some sort of compromise,” Bruce told the Sheffield Star.
“Look, it has happened so quickly that I have got to take stock of the situation. It’s in the hands of both clubs and we will see what develops over the next 24 to 48 hours.”
With just over three weeks until the close of the transfer window and the new season, and pre-season training already well underway, Newcastle are the only Premier League team to be without a manager and the only team yet to make a signing.
It could be another long, difficult campaign for the Toon Army.