NEWS BRU-ING Newcastle set to appoint Bruce as Benitez's replacement before the weekend
BERNIE|July. 11, 2019
NEWCASTLE are set to appoint Steve Bruce as Rafa Benitez's replacement BEFORE the weekend arrives.
The Sheffield Wednesday chief, 58, is set to be named new boss in the coming hours, according to reports.
Bruce could now even be able to attend the Toon 's pre-season trip to the Far East visa issues permitting.
The ex-Manchester United captain held talks with Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley on Wednesday night.
Newcastle are prepared to pay £1million in compensation to land the ex-Aston Villa boss out of his one-year rolling deal at the Owls..
And they want boyhood fan Bruce in by the end of the week, when the team travel to China for the Premier League Asia Trophy.
The Geordie only took charge at Hillsborough in February but they have financial problems and are under a transfer embargo.
Bruce is expected to accept the chance to boss his home club, despite being warned about working under Newcastle owner Mike Ashley.
SunSport revealed yesterday Bruce was the Toon’s top target after Mikel Arteta, Patrick Vieira and Roberto Martinez all turned them down .
He is fancied by Newcastle because of his strong man-management skills and Premier League experience.
It is also hoped he will get on better with Ashley, who endured a fractious three-year relationship with Benitez.
Bruce would likely bring with him his trusted Owls assistants Steve Agnew and Stephen Clemence.
But he faces a huge battle to win over the Toon Army, who are furious their club might be poaching a Championship manager with a Sunderland past.
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