Newcastle boss hunt narrowed with duo out of running

Steve Bruce and Tony Pulis are no longer candidates to replace Alan Pardew at Newcastle.

The Hull chief and former Crystal Palace boss were believed to be among the contenders for the post, with the Magpies’ current gaffer edging towards the St James’ Park exit door.

Pardew is likely to be named as Neil Warnock’s successor at Palace by the end of the week after being granted permission to talk to the London club.

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Bruce has been mooted as the favourite to take the role on Tyneside, but the Hull manager has quashed rumours that he’s looking to take control of his hometown club:

“People know that I am from Newcastle, I was a Newcastle supporter as a boy and it has been regurgitated since I was a 22-year-old playing for Norwich and Gillingham.” He is quoted by The Independent.

“For that obvious reason every time I am linked with them. It’s very flattering as I’m a Geordie but that’s it.

“I have a job to do here and it would be wrong for me to think of anything else other than get this club out of the position we are in and that’s all I am focused on.

“It would be wrong for the speculation to keep carrying on for the club, for the supporters, for the players.”

Pulis is also not an option for Newcastle, with reports from Sky Sports claiming that the former Palace and Stoke coach is not on the Tynesiders’ list of candidates.

Club captain Fabricio Coloccini is now the favourite to take up the position in a player/manager capacity.


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