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Sheffield Wednesday fans will be nervously following developments, amid media speculation linking their manager Steve Bruce with the vacant manager’s post at Newcastle United, as reported in The Mirror.
Bruce is currently fully involved in the pre-season preparations of his Owls squad ahead of the new Championship season, but that has not stopped him jumping to the head of the betting for the Toon post.
So how big a concern should it be to Sheffield Wednesday, amid Bruce’s Newcastle managerial links?
“Steve Bruce’s links to Newcastle should be a worry for Wednesday, as there is surely no way that he will be turning down such an offer.
“Wednesday would miss Bruce hugely baring in mind the improvements he’s brought to Hillsborough. At the moment you feel like they will be able to bring the momentum of last season into the next but that will be gone with a new manager coming in.
“What’s bad for Wednesday is that it’s one that you can see happening. It has shades of Pardew’s appointment in 2010 where Ashley has looked for Premier League experience within the lower leagues for a manager with slightly lower stock, rather than an up and coming manager.
“If he does then go, it will be difficult for Wednesday as pre-season has already begun, and they needed to bring some new faces through the door.”
“It has to be a concern.
“It is difficult to tell whether the links to the Newcastle job are concrete, and Bruce has dismissed some himself, but if they are it is surely an offer that the Wednesday boss would consider.
“The issues with owner Mike Ashley aside, Newcastle are a huge club and the opportunity of a return to the Premier League may be something that Bruce finds difficult to resist.
“Having joined the club in January and led them to a 12th-place finish last season, the 58-year-old leaving now would be a massive blow for Wednesday.
“With just 24 days until their season opener against Reading, losing their manager now would be a huge set back in their preparations for the upcoming campaign.”
“This will be a real concern for Sheffield Wednesday supporters heading into the new season.
“Bruce has completely transformed the club since he arrived at Hillsborough in the second-half of last year’s campaign, and I feel as though they would have made the top six if he had been in charge for the whole season.
“He seems to know how to get the best out of the Owls squad and the club will be hoping to have his future resolved at the earliest of opportunities.
“Newcastle will be a tempting job to take as well, as they are an established Premier League side, with a group of players that will have ambitions of improving on last season.
“If Sheffield Wednesday are to have any chance of winning promotion back into the top-flight this term, then they’ll need Bruce in the dugout.
“A nervy few weeks are ahead for everyone associated with the club, that’s for sure.”