Newcastle set to appoint Steve Bruce as new manager

Newcastle ‘set to appoint Steve Bruce as new boss’ and could announce his appointment before weekend so he can join squad on tour of China

  • Newcastle are very close to appointing Steve Bruce as their new manager
  • The club are hopeful of concluding a deal for Bruce in the coming days 
  • They want the 58-year-old to join the squad on the pre-season tour of China
  • It is understood Newcastle will have to pay Sheffield Wednesday £1m

Newcastle are reportedly on the verge of appointing Steve Bruce as their next manager.

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.

A formal approach for the Sheffield Wednesday boss was made on Wednesday after Sam Allardyce rejected the chance to return to St James’ Park – as revealed by Sportsmail on Wednesday night.

Newcastle are on the verge of appointing Steve Bruce as their next manager

The Telegraph claim talks are at an advanced stage and that Bruce could be announced as the Magpies’ new boss as early as Friday. 

It is understood that Newcastle will have to pay in the region of £1million to release Bruce from his current contract, although no agreement between the two clubs is in place. 

Sportsmail understands Bruce is set to travel to Tyneside on Thursday ahead of the deal being signed in the next 48 hours. 

Newcastle hope to iron out the remaining details as quickly as possible and will endeavour to ensure Bruce is able to meet the players for the first time in China next week. 

Rafa Benitez rejected a contract extension at club and headed for Chinese club Dalian Yifang

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

Newcastle had considered several other candidates before moving for Bruce, who had been near the top of their shortlist after Benitez accepted a £12m-a-year role in China with Dalian Yifang.

Manchester City assistant manager Mikel Arteta and Nice boss Patrick Vieira were options along with Allardyce. 

Sam Allardyce revealed he turned down an approach from Newcastle to be their manager

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