Newcastle set to appoint Steve Bruce as new manager

Ruben Hill
July 11, 2019

Steve Bruce has reportedly emerged as the favourite, but another former Sunderland boss in Allardyce claims to have been contacted about the role, much to his own surprise.

Allardyce, who was in charge of the Magpies from 2007 to 2008, was considered as a potential replacement for Benitez who left when his contract expired in June.

His successor, club legend Kevin Keegan - returning for a second managerial stint after establishing them as England's second-best team in the mid-1990s - was a popular choice.

"I was very flattered that I was considered but it's that thing - don't go back", Allardyce told Talksport.

"It never really got to the sort of talks people are suggesting".

"I must say that I have had more meetings with the chairman, president and general manager this week than I had in three years at Newcastle". My agent contacted me, I had a think about it and a quick look at the situation and thanked them very much but (it's) not for me.

"Allardyce continued: "'It wasn't something I thought about for too long.

The club are hopeful of concluding a deal in the coming days for Bruce to succeed Rafa Benitez so he can join the squad on their pre-season tour of China, which begins on Saturday.

Newcastle, whose interest in Bruce was revealed by Telegraph Sport immediately after Benitez's departure was conformed a fortnight ago, are still discussing compensation with Sheffield Wednesday regarding the release of the former Manchester United captain.

But the 58-year-old wants the job and feels he can not resist the lure of the challenge on Tyneside.

Bruce, who spent two years at their fierce rivals Sunderland between 2009-11, is a boyhood Newcastle fan and feels he can not resist the lure of the challenge on Tyneside.

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