Sheffield Wednesday manager Steve Bruce has played down reports claiming he is set to become Newcastle’s new boss. The 58-year-old Englishman found himself installed as the latest bookmakers’ favourite – some even suspended betting – to replace Rafael Benitez on Tuesday as it emerged that the Magpies are considering him among a series of candidates for the post.
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Asked about the rumours at the Owls’ Portugal pre-season training base, Corbridge-born Bruce told the Sheffield Star: “It’s news to me. “God only knows what happened on Tuesday afternoon. There seemed to be an upsurge [in the betting] from somewhere. “John Terry was favourite yesterday. It was Mikel Arteta the day before, so who knows?
“As far as I am concerned, I am here, I am going home tomorrow and looking forward to walking the dog.” Bruce’s comments came after a series of potential replacements, including Jose Mourinho, Arsene Wenger, Patrick Vieira and Steven Gerrard, had effectively ruled themselves out of contention, while Sheffield United’s Chris Wilder signed a new contract on Tuesday evening. Newcastle are keen to make an appointment before they head off to China for the Premier League Asia Trophy at the weekend, but time is running down fast.