Sheffield Wednesday fans have been going berserk as their club names Steve Bruce as their next manager.
Bruce has been out of employment since being sacked by Aston Villa in October, and will replace Jos Luhukay in the Hillsborough dugout after the Dutchman was relieved of his duties before Christmas.
The Owls announced, however, that Bruce will not take charge of the club until February 1, with the 58-year-old’s long-time coaching assistants Steve Agnew and Stephen Clemence placed in a caretaker capacity for January.
BREAKING: Sheffield Wednesday are delighted to confirm the appointment of Steve Bruce as our new manager
— Sheffield Wednesday (@swfc) January 2, 2019
The club’s official statement failed to mention why he would not be taking full control until February, though, leading to contrasting reports emerging.
The Mail suggested that the wait is due to the former Manchester United player having pre-arranged plans for a family holiday, while the Telegraph reported that Bruce requested time away from the club as he continues his rehabilitation from an operation on his knee.
Either way, Bruce will take charge of Sheffield Wednesday having led Villa to the Championship Play-Off Final last season, losing to Fulham at the final hurdle.
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The 58-year-old also recorded the second-best win percentage of his career while at Villa Park – only Bruce’s stint with Crystal Palace in 2001 returned a greater percentage of victories.
The appointment has certainly upped the fans’ levels of joy, with their club residing in 16th place after 26 games, winning just eight times.
Here’s the best of what Owls fans have been sharing on Twitter…
First of all well done Mr Chansiri. Secondly welcome Mr Bruce. . . . . .UP THE OWLS.
— The Reason?1867 (@1867life) January 2, 2019
Just hand us the league title now ?
— Monty Bojangles (@GJ_Owl6) January 2, 2019
Brilliant appointment! Some much needed experience. Wednesdayites just let the man do his job and dont demand instant success! Let him build for the future and take the club forward! UTO
— Dave (OvO) Dowling (@DoubleD1867) January 2, 2019
— JT (@JTSS35) January 2, 2019
Announce top 2 finish
— Warren (@Warren1867) January 2, 2019
Fantastic news ? Welcome to #swfc I’m definitely excited to see what the future holds for us now. People need to ignore the negativity from previous clubs because it’s what he does for us that counts ? #WAWAW
— Keely swfc Hutton ? (@HuttonKeely) January 2, 2019
Just missing the transfer window, no money to spend?
— Gavin Lambert (@GavlarLambert) January 2, 2019
Can’t wait to go up now
— JW??????? (@MagicalMatias) January 2, 2019