According to bookmakers, Bruce is just behind Tony Pulis and David Moyes in the running to replace Pardew - and the former Manchester United defender has got a good wrap from fans in recent days.
Some supporters would like to see a European manager but, if Mike Ashley wants to pursue another Brit, why not Bruce?
Former Newcastle man Rob Lee, for one, has been impressed by the job he has done at Hull City.
"I think Steve is a fantastic manager," Lee wrote in the Newcastle Evening Chronicle. "I really do. I wish Pardew and Newcastle would have a look at what he’s built in Humberside and that the penny drops for them.
"He has bought British players or British-based players. They know the Premier League. They are used to English football. They realise what is expected of them."
If the 53-year-old is worried about his former Sunderland connection, meanwhile, he need only look as far as Jack Colback, who has settled in perfectly since trading Wearside for Tyneside this summer.
When Bruce worked at the Stadium of Light, he admits being a boyhood Newcastle fan did him no favours.
"In hindsight maybe going there was a mistake, being a Newcastle fan as a boy …some would never forgive that," he said. "I wouldn't say it was the utmost reason but for a lot of them, they couldn't hack that."
And, in that respect, there would be no better fit than the 53-year-old taking charge of the Magpies.
The job he has done at Hull City has been a terrific one, taking them from the Championship to the top flight, an FA Cup final and the brink of Europa League football. Hull fans will no doubt want Bruce to stay at the KC but, should Ashley come calling, could he resist the lure of his beloved club?
Those pining for a foreign, more exciting alternative might express their disapproval about the Tigers boss but, as Lee points out, he is the perfect candidate to get Newcastle suited to what is expected of them: to compete within the Premier League.