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Dean Saunders claims Newcastle United fans will 'forgive' Steve Bruce for managing Sunderland

Owner of Newcastle United, Mike Ashley looks on during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Cardiff City at St. James Park on January 19, 2019 in Newcastle upon Tyne,...

Newcastle United are reportedly edging closer to appointing Steve Bruce as Rafa Benitez's replacement.

Sheffield Wednesday manager Steve Bruce looks on before the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United  at Hillsborough Stadium on March 04, 2019 in...

Dean Saunders has claimed that Newcastle United supporters will 'forgive' Steve Bruce for managing Sunderland because 'deep down' he is a Newcastle fan. 

During the early part of his career, Corbridge-born Bruce, who grew up a Geordie supporter, went onto manage Sunderland, as his potential appointment at St James' Park may just dampen the already downbeat mood from the Toon Army supporters. 

The Telegraph have claimed that Newcastle are poised to appoint Bruce as their next manager and they are hoping the  Sheffield Wednesday boss can join them for their pre-season tour of China next week. 


Speaking to the Alan Brazil Breakfast Show on TalkSport (10/07/2019 at 7:15 am), Saunders thinks that Bruce's problem, if appointed Newcastle manager, won't be that he once walked the touchlines of their rivals. 

"Well, he was a Newcastle fan as a boy," Saunders told TalKSport. "Deep down he is a Newcastle fan, so I think they'll forgive him [for being Sunderland manager].

"Don't get be wrong that is a brilliant job to get, but when you sit down and have a meeting with the owners 'how much money are you going to give me? because I am going to get the sack otherwise'. 

Chris Wilder manager of Sheffield United stands alongside Steve Bruce manager of Sheffield Wednesday  during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United...

This time last summer, Bruce had just lost a play-off final as Aston Villa manager and the Midlands outfit were heading into a financial storm.

Bruce's job was on the line, and after new ownership, he stayed on at the club before being sacked in October. He then took the reigns at Sheffield Wednesday after the turn of the year.

Now, the former Manchester United defender, who last managed in England's top-flight with Hull City, could find himself making a return in an unexpected manner. 

Aston Villa coach Steve Bruce before the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Aston Villa at Ashton Gate on September 28, 2018 in Bristol, England.

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