EFL Championship club Sheffield Wednesday could lose manager Steve Bruce to Newcastle United, according to reports in the British media.
As per PA, the 58-year-old Owls boss is the man at the top of the Magpies’ shortlist.
Newcastle would reportedly have to pay compensation of around £1million to release the former Manchester United defender from his current contract with Wednesday.
Several bookmakers suspended betting on Bruce’s appointment on Tuesday after a flurry of bets saw him installed as odds-on favourite to succeed departed boss Rafael Benitez.
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Should Newcastle push home their interest, the former Sunderland manager will have a job on his hands to win over supporters still furious at Benitez’s departure, with some planning fresh protests over owner Mike Ashley’s controversial approach to running the club.
A series of fans, group have joined forces to call for a boycott of the opening fixture of the new Premier League season against Arsenal at St James’ on Sunday, August 11.
In addition Bruce would face the uphill task of rebuilding a squad which has been shorn of leading scorer Ayoze Perez, striker partner Salomon Rondon, out-of-contract midfielder Mohamed Diame and loan signings Kenedy and Antonio Barreca since the end of the last campaign.
The manager played down the rumours when asked about them at Wednesday’s pre-season training camp in Portugal.
He told the Sheffield Star: “It’s news to me. God only knows what happened on Tuesday afternoon. There seemed to be an upsurge [in the betting] from somewhere. John Terry was favourite yesterday. It was Mikel Arteta the day before, so who knows?
“As far as I am concerned, I am here, I am going home tomorrow and looking forward to walking the dog.”