Premier League side Newcastle United are reportedly set to make an official approach for Sheffield Wednesday manager Steve Bruce.
That’s according to The Sun, who claim that the 58-year-old is now the Magpies’ number-one choice to replace Rafael Benitez, who departed the North East club at the end of last season.
Bruce has only been in charge of Wednesday since the start of the year, when he was named as Jos Luhukay’s successor after a simply dismal first half of the 2018/19 campaign.
But the experienced boss soon made an immediate impact at Hillsborough, going unbeaten in his first 11 league games in charge of the Owls, and guiding them to a respectable 12th spot in the Championship table come the end of the season.
Bruce is no stranger to the North East having managed Sunderland between 2009 and 2011, and his potential appointment at St. James’ Park is likely to raise eyebrows amongst the Toon Army faithful given the rivalry between the two clubs.
His departure would also come as a massive blow to Wednesday fans, having really turned the club’s fortunes around from that of less than a year ago.
Here, we take a look at Owls fans’ reactions to this latest news…
Bruce interest is increasing I see. I wonder though would he really want to walk into that? After promising DC he would be boss and making him wait only to jump ship. Nah I still think he might stay, but I’d say if they did make a approach be hard to take #swfc
— Shane Levitt (@ShaneLevitt11) July 10, 2019
IMO: gutted if Bruce went = yes. Is he an ideal fit for #swfc at this moment = yes. Is he an ideal fit for #nufc at this moment = no. Does he want the job = yes. Did we bend over backwards for him = yes. Should we stand in his way of managing the club he supported as a boy = no.
— Vital Wednesday (@VitalWednesday) July 10, 2019
— ???? (@AbzSWFC) July 10, 2019
Hate to say it but if Newcastle want Steve Bruce then he goes. Simple as that really. Would be a huge blow to the feelgood factor that's back among fans but the reality is that #NUFC is the job he's always wanted and will probably never get the chance again. #swfc
— Jonathan Garnett (@jonogarnett) July 10, 2019
Was good whilst it lasted Bruce ????♂️ pic.twitter.com/EgUHL1Otah
— Crossley (@Crossley_SWFC) July 10, 2019
After Mr Chansiri hired Steve Bruce under the understanding of his family situation and willing to let him start 2 month after, was great respect and support from the chairman, let's hope the gaffer repays this loyalty and support.
Be gutted if he left ????⚪#wawaw @swfc
— ross stevens (@RossStevens88) July 10, 2019
So who do we want next if Bruce does go to Newcastle? (I 100% don't want him to go) #swfc
— Nick Brown (@Nick_brown1867) July 10, 2019