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 Newcastle Considering Steve Bruce As Possible Replacement For Rafael Benítez

 Newcastle Considering Steve Bruce As Possible Replacement For Rafael Benítez.

Newcastle United are considering Steve Bruce as a possible replacement for Rafael Benítez, ahead of their trip to China for the Premier League Asia Trophy, According to Itv.com.

The 59-year-old Sheffield Wednesday manager is one of a number of candidates shortlisted by managing director Lee Charnley, but the bookmakers’ odds on Bruce taking over at St James’ Park plummeted on Tuesday.

Newcastle have been without a manager since Benitez’s contract expires on June 30.

A succession of big footballing names, including Jose Mourinho, Arsene Wenger, Patrick Vieira and Steven Gerrard, have distanced themselves from the job.

The side will fly to China on Saturday to take part in the tournament alongside Manchester City, Wolves and West Ham.

Bruce was appointed to Sheffield Wednesday in February, four months after leaving Aston Villa. He led the club to a 12th place finish in the Sky Bet Championship.

The former Manchester United defender, was born in Corbridge. But his Geordie credentials were compromised by a two-year spell as Sunderland manager, which ended in 2011.

Bruce has achieved promotion to the Premier League four times, twice with Hull City and Birmingham.

Newcastle’s search for anew manager comes amid ongoing uncertainty about a possible takeover led by the Dubai-based Sheik Khaled Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Benitez’s exit prompted protests outside of St James’ Park. The fanbase has been at war with Ashley for much of his time at the top of the club.

With Newcastle’s first game of the new season little more than a month away, whoever replaces Benitez will face a considerable task in rebuilding the squad and winning over a demoralised fan base.

The Magpies take on Arsenal at home on August 11.

Ayoze Perez signed for Leicester last week for £30m. The Spaniard was Newcastle’s leading goal scorer last year.

And Manchester United are expected to formalise their interest in midfielder Sean Longstaff this week.

Speaking after his departure from Newcastle, Benitez said he “wanted to stay” but “didn’t just want to sign an extended contract, I wanted to be part of a project.”

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