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Steve Bruce has confirmed he has held talks with the Magpies about succeeding Rafa Benitez as the club’s new manager and it is now up to both Newcastle and Sheffield Wednesday to agree a compensation fee.
“It’s in the hands of both clubs and we will see what develops over the next 24 to 48 hours,” he said after taking charge of the Owls’ pre-season win against Lincoln. “It’s football and it has come from nowhere really in the last two to three days so we will see what the weekend brings.”
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Signing off – top stories of the day
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Sheffield Wednesday owner asked by fans about Bruce future
From the Sheffield Star. What Dejphon Chansiri said (or didn’t say) to fans about Steve Bruce:
Sat in front of the Stocksbridge Park Steels press box with his two young sons, the Sheffield Wednesday owner smiled and signed autographs for the scores of Owls fans shuffling to and from their seats. Generous with his time, the Thai businessman smiled and greeted each and every one, refusing only to answer questions about the one name on everybody’s lips.
And here’s more from the Wednesday ‘paper:
With less than three weeks to go until the start of the new Championship campaign, Chansiri and the club’s fans have every right to feel let down and be disappointed about the situation. Wednesday were heading in the right direction under Bruce and now it appears Chansiri will have to find a replacement at short notice.
It is far from ideal and I don’t blame Chansiri in the slightest for holding out for the best compensation package the club can get.
Ian Lavery: Support the boycott
From the Morning Star – which doesn’t get in this blog very often.
Labour MP Ian Lavery showed solidarity with campaigners The Magpie Group and told Newcastle fans to not “give up” in their continued fight to rid the club of Mike Ashley.
Speaking at the Durham Miners’ Gala over the weekend, Lavery backed the fans’ boycott of the club and told them: “If we don’t hit Mike Ashley in the backside pocket, this will continue.”
With no manager at the helm, Rafa Benitez walked away at the expiry of his contract when it became apparent that “the club did not share the same vision,” and with key players being sold without being replaced, supporters are preparing industrial action in the latest attempt to force Ashley to leave.
Mr Lavery told the Star: “Newcastle supporters are renowned for their loyalty to the club.
“Football is a religion in the north-east but many fans feel cheated by the billionare chairman Mike Ashley.
“Ashley runs the club using the same business model as he does Sports Direct, as a bargian basement” venture.
“The Magpie Group are a determined group who want to see the end of Ashley and the club see some success with the restoration of respect between the fans and the club.”
Lee Ryder provides an update from Newcastle United’s pre-season trip to China
John Carver and Shola Ameobi throw support behind Steve Bruce
It didn’t go down well yesterday…
Dean Smith gives credit to Steve Bruce for the part he played in Aston Villa’s promotion
A run through of Steve Bruce’s record as manager
Confirmed: Joselu out of PL Asia Trophy squad
Joselu’s Newcastle United future appeared to be in further doubt as the club confirmed he has been replaced in the travelling party for the Asia Trophy by youngster Elias Sorensen.
The Spaniard was named in the initial ,上海品茶微信Isa,squad to travel to China for the Premier League’s pre-season tournament but with Alaves set to firm up their interest in the striker, it has now been confirmed that he has been left at home with an exit looming.
The 29-year-old has been in talks with the La Liga side all summer and Newcastle have deemed him surplus to requirements. While the former Stoke striker was only a bit part player last season and the club need to upgrade, his possible departure would leave United with just Dwight Gayle and Yoshinori Muto as recognised strikers and just 25 days left of the transfer window to address that.
Joselu not pictured with Newcastle in China
Could a move to Spain be edging closer? Elias Sorensen is with the Magpies instead, it seems.
Lee Clark on Steve Bruce
“(It is) a tough job for whoever takes over from Rafa. Steve’s got broad shoulders and a strong personality. He wouldn’t be bothered about the outside noise.”
Newcastle’s disastrous summer laid bare
This wretched summer is no way for the 19th richest club in the world to carry on. Newcastle’s summer is not normal and no-one should pretend it is, writes Mark Douglas.
The Sheffield view on Bruce to NUFC
Spare a thought for Sheffield Wednesday chairman Dejphon Chansiri, writes Sheffield Star reporter Dom Howson.
The Sheffield Wednesday owner turned to promotion expert Bruce after sacking Jos Luhukay last December.
Bruce was appointed as Luhukay’s successor as Owls boss on January 2 but he was not due to take up his post until February 1. Chansiri agreed to delay Bruce’s starting date and the former Manchester United defender, who promised his family he would take a break following the loss of both his parents in quick succession in 2018, jetted out to the Carribean to watch the first Test between England and West Indies in the men’s cricket.
How many chairman up and down the country would have agreed to Bruce’s terms? Not many, in my humble opinion, but Chansiri is unique. He doesn’t do things by the book.
Steve Bruce confirms he’s held talks with Newcastle
Chris Waddle’s warning for Steve Bruce
The former Newcastle star told the Mirror:
“The Newcastle job is a massive challenge for Steve Bruce. Don’t get me wrong, Newcastle are a huge club, but he’s having to follow Benitez, who has been one of the most popular managers they’ve ever had.
“So he’s got his work cut out – it’s the biggest job he’s taken on.
“He’s highly regarded at Wednesday, the fans have taken to him. He had a good run late in the season and nearly got them in the play-offs. Four or five more wins and they might have been in the top six.
“Everybody is expecting good things from Wednesday. They’re in pre-season and have been to Portugal and look fit, sharp and ready to go. So [for Bruce] to go and speak to Newcastle, a lot of people are taking a step back and asking, ‘Why?’ They’ll be upset that he wants to leave. I’m surprised by it, too, because he was starting to build a team gearing up for the Premier League.
“Newcastle have lost Salomon Rondon and Ayoze Perez [last season’s two top scorers] as well, with only a short time now before the first game of the season.”
Report: Newcastle to make first summer signing in next 48 hours
Football Insider claim Newcastle will confirm the signing of former Chelsea youngster Kyle Scott in the next 48 hours.
Football Insider report:
Midfielder Kyle Scott is set to undergo a Newcastle United medical and complete a move to the club in the next 48 hours, Football Insider can reveal.
A Newcastle source has told Football Insider that Scott, 21, is poised to sign a three-year contract after accepting the club’s offer to join on a free transfer.
The rising star, who can operate in central, defensive or attacking midfield roles, is available after his contract at Chelsea expired ,上海品茶工作室Dania,at the end of last month.
Newcastle have arrived in China
The Magpies have arrived in Nanjing ahead of the Premier League Asia Trophy.
Report: NUFC to make Steve Bruce worst-paid Premier League manager
The Mirror claim:
– Bruce has agreed to manage Newcastle for £1m per year.
– He can boost £20k per week wages by avoiding relegation
– Bruce will receive an increased incentivised payment for every position Newcastle finish above the relegation zone
– Sheffield Wednesday are holding out for £5m in compensation for Bruce
– Mike Ashley believed he would only have to pay £1m and does not want to pay ‘anywhere near’ the £5m the Owls are demanding.
– Ashley hopes Bruce will walk away from Sheffield Wednesday, leaving the two clubs to negotiate over the terms of his exit.
– Bruce wants former NUFC Chief Scout, Graham Carr, to return to his scouting team
Bob Moncur joins Newcastle in China
The Magpies legend has travelled over with the squad ahead of the Premier League Asia Trophy.
The type of striker Steve Bruce loves to sign
Could this give an insight into the type of forward he will target at Newcastle?
‘It’s in the hands of both clubs’ – Steve Bruce speaks on Newcastle United manager’s role
Steve Bruce has stated Newcastle United and Sheffield Wednesday are trying to come to a “compromise” on a payout.
Bruce – who was approached by an angry fan during a friendly at Lincoln – is wanted by the Magpies to take charge of the club for the new season.
The ex-Manchester United captain is on a two-year rolling contract but Sheff Wed chiefs are playing hardball on his release.
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