Steve Bruce confirms Newcastle talks after confrontation with angry fan

Ruben Hill
July 13, 2019

Sheffield Wednesday boss Steve Bruce confirms he has held talks with Newcastle United over their vacant managerial position.

Bruce, 58, is the clear favourite to replace Benítez, who departed St James' Park when his contract expired on 30 June.

With all this media attention and speculation regarding Bruce's future, the Sheffield Wednesday fans can be forgiven for being a little fed up with things at the moment, with their pre-season preparations seemingly in tatters following the news.

Steve Bruce before the EFL Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Bristol City at Hillsborough, Sheffield, England on 22 April 2019. It's in the hands of the club. My agent contacted me, I had a think about it and a quick look at the situation and thanked them very much. It is understood that the two clubs spent Friday attempting to reach an agreement over compensation.

Speaking after the game, Bruce confirmed he had spoken to Newcastle and it is in the hands of both clubs now.

The squad is due to head out to the Far East for the Premier League Asia Trophy at the weekend and hoped to have Rafael Benitez's replacement in post before doing so. News of Bruce's impending arrival has been met with a distinctly mixed response on Tyneside, with fans still angry at Benitez's exit less than impressed at his candidacy and the fact that the club had already been rejected by former boss Sam Allardyce.

The majority of fans in attendance gave Bruce a huge reception, with chants throughout from the away end. Bruce replaced Jos Luhukay in January, three months after the former had been sacked by Villa.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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