Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Bruce keen on Newcastle job

Wigan boss Steve Bruce insists that he would like to become Newcastle United manager one day.

Bruce turned down the chance to be Newcastle boss, when Sir Bobby Robson left St James’ Park in 2004.

“The only genuine opportunity I had was when Sir Bobby left,” Bruce said. “But I’d just signed a new deal at Birmingham and I’d just signed five or six players that summer. I felt, out of loyalty to Birmingham at the time, that I couldn’t go.

“It was a huge decision. When I turned it down my son rang me and said ‘What are you doing? Dad, you daft prick.’

“It was the biggest decision in football terms that I have ever had to make but because of my history – I’d been accused of jumping ship before – and because things were going well at Birmingham, I felt I couldn’t leave.

“Have I ever regretted it? Yes, of course. It’s long gone so I can talk about it now. Newcastle were the team I supported as a boy. If you are born there, then you are associated with that club.

“Could I still manage them one day? I don’t know. Maybe one day. You never know. Football sends you down many paths, so you never know. The one thing you need in management is time. You can’t chop and change the manager every six months.”

[Source: The Guardian]

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