Bruce was immediately installed as favourite for the Wednesday manager's job after Jos Luhukay left by mutual consent a week ago - and many bookmakers have declined to open a market on the Dutchman's successor.
The former Aston Villa boss, who is understood to be out of the country, has even sent two of his trusted coaches to watch the Owls' last two fixtures.
But amid reports that Nottingham Forest are ready to sack Aitor Karanka, and growing antipathy towards Tony Pulis at Middlesbrough - Sheffield Wednesday's latest victims - the following Owls fans fear all may not be as it seems...
Not gonna lie, making me nervous this https://t.co/qhhZMcps4y— Senwar... (@senwar) December 27, 2018
The 'details to be ironed out' and the passing time. That plus some already saying give it Bullen. No just no. Hope it's nothing and just timing but until confirmed and that....— Senwar... (@senwar) December 27, 2018
ha - indeed though. Just making me nervous that Boro, Forest, Stoke etc are potential new manager destinations in the near future.,,,,,— Senwar... (@senwar) December 27, 2018
It Worries me that forest are about to sack their manager! I can see Bruce fancying them more atm— Liam Warburton (@L_Warburton95) December 27, 2018
Need to get Bruce signed/sealed ASAP if its not already done. Forest apparently close to sacking Karanka & Pulis on thin ice at Boro. Seen it before you can easily get gazumped at the 11th hour while ever its not completed. Hopefully it is done & will be announced shortly #swfc
Only me that thinks Bruce not coming back either means it’s not happening or he’s not that bothered?— Doug DimmaDome (@DominicGillott2) December 28, 2018
Nevertheless, Bruce's name has yet to be formally linked with Nottingham Forest, unlike those of Slavisa Jokanovic, Martin O'Neill and Leonardo Jardim.
The Englishman has won four promotions as a Championship boss - the last at Sheffield Wednesday's expense in 2016.
Could Bruce snub Wednesday for Nottingham Forest or Middlesbrough?
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