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Former Sunderland striker Darren Bent has had his say on Newcastle’s pursuit of Steve Bruce, and for once the Toon Army might actually agree with their arch-rivals.
Bruce looks all set to become Newcastle’s next permanent manager, replacing Rafael Benitez after the Spaniard left at the expiry of his contract.
The Telegraph claim the Magpies are “poised” to appoint the Sheffield Wednesday boss and he could even join in time to fly to China with the squad next week.
And Bent, who spent two years under Bruce at the Stadium of Light from 2009 to 2011, does not want the 58 year-old to take charge.
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“I think he’s a good manager, I just worry for Steve Bruce that considering he’s only been at Sheffield Wednesday for not even a year,” Bent exclusively told Football Insider.
“I think he needs to get Sheffield Wednesday up there, do what he needs to do at a special club like Sheffield Wednesday, I’ve always liked them, but Newcastle at the moment are on uneven ground.
“I’d hate to see him go to Newcastle. He’d get off to a bit of a rocky start, the fans would be on his back, then they start bringing in the Mackem connection and then all of a sudden it doesn’t last. If I was Steve Bruce I’d say ‘Thank you very much’ but stay at Sheffield Wednesday.”
It’s really impossible to disagree with the 35 year-old former striker on this one, and most of the Toon Army will be right behind him.
Bruce is in a good situation at Hillsborough, where he led a resurgence that meant rather than their season sputtering to a stop, the Owls lost just three of their final 18 Championship matches.
At Newcastle, he would likely have zero control over transfers, and would walk into a club with takeover rumours swirling, no new signings so far this summer and a depleted squad after the departures of Ayoze Perez and Salomon Rondon.
Newcastle fans don’t want the former Hull City and Aston Villa boss to take over either, so we’d have to think they will agree with former Sunderland man Bent on this one.