Date: 11th July 2019 at 1:50pm
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Steve Bruce is set to become the new Newcastle manager with his appointment said to be “imminent” according to Chronicle journalist Mark Douglas. 

Douglas added that the finer points are still to be sorted with his current club Sheffield Wednesday but admitted that Bruce would be “walking into a firestorm”.

That’s the best way of describing the current swell of feeling from Newcastle fans to the news.

Bruce is a former Sunderland manager (but boyhood Newcastle fan) and he comes with a huge amount of experience but very little in the way of actual success, certainly in the top flight.

He’s won promotion from the second tier with Birmingham and Hull, and also finished FA Cup runners-up with the latter. As far as honours go, that’s it though.

Steve Bruce knows all about firestorms after taking over at Sunderland as a self-acknowledged Newcastle fan, and then going for the job at Aston Villa after six years with local rivals Birmingham.

He never won the Villa fans over and had a cabbage thrown at him just before he was sacked.

This could be his biggest challenge yet, though. Newcastle fans aren’t happy at the way the club’s being run. They’re not happy with Mike Ashley and they’re not happy at the idea of Bruce taking over.

This is what the fans are saying on Twitter:

Feeling is running very strong with some fans – one said he would “cheer every goal we concede this season” on the back of the news. His reasoning is that relegation is the quickest way to get Ashley out.

Another thinks that it spells the end of the takeover – stating that Ashley wouldn’t be paying compensation to Sheffield Wednesday if he was about to sell.