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Newcastle United could be about to appoint Steve Bruce as their new manager, and while it may seem like a bit of a disaster for Sheffield Wednesday right now it may actually not turn out to be a really bad thing.
Bruce has undoubtedly done a fantastic job since becoming Wednesday manager. He’s lost just three times while in charge of the Yorkshire outfit and one would think that losing him could only bring negatives for the Steel City outfit.
One fan described the 58-year-old’s departure as a ‘nightmare’ but after recent developments, it could end up being positive for the Championship side.
A report from The Times (subscription required) states that the Magpies would have to pay the Owls a minimum of £5m in compensation to make Bruce their new manager.
This money could certainly help the Owls, and losing their current boss may be worth it due to the number of replacements that are available at the moment.
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Although losing a manager with a record as impressive as Bruce’s is bound to have an impact on the pitch, the money they receive in compensation could do wonders off it.
It’s been no secret that Wednesday have been cutting it fine in terms of financial fair play, and a windfall of £5m would go a long way towards helping them alleviate their struggles – they even had to sell Hillsborough previously before leasing it back.
This also may be the best time for Bruce to go as there are a number of experienced Championship managers who are currently unemployed who the Owls could go for.
Gary Rowett, Aitor Karanka, Tony Pulis, Garry Monk and Chris Hughton are all available without the need to pay any compensation, so the Steel City outfit could pocket the cash they receive for Bruce rather than spend it on a replacement.
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All in all, this trade-off could end up being a positive for Wednesday. They will be receiving £5m for a manager they’ve only had for six months, and there is a long list of bosses proven at this level who could adequately replace him.