Bruce makes New­cas­tle play

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Football - By Luke Ed­wards in Shang­hai

Steve Bruce is still hop­ing to link up with New­cas­tle United in China as he looked to force a break­through in ne­go­ti­a­tions by re­sign­ing from Sh­effield Wed­nes­day yes­ter­day.

Tele­graph Sport re­vealed last week that Bruce was set to be ap­pointed by New­cas­tle, but the switch had been tem­po­rar­ily halted over an in­creas­ingly ac­ri­mo­nious dis­pute over com­pen­sa­tion.

New­cas­tle have a deal in place to sign Brazil­ian striker Joelin­ton from Hof­fen­heim, but they need a new man­ager to ap­prove the trans­fer.

Bruce is aware time is tight as he looks to start the dif­fi­cult process of re­plac­ing Rafael Ben­itez as man­ager and knows he will walk into a toxic at­mos­phere on Ty­ne­side.

Al­though sources have de­nied Wed­nes­day wanted £6 mil­lion in or­der to al­low Bruce to leave a job he has held for only six months, they were look­ing for a mul­ti­mil­lion pound set­tle­ment, which New­cas­tle re­fused to pay for a man­ager on a one-year rolling con­tract.

Bruce, 58, had grown in­creas­ingly frus­trated over the week­end at the fail­ure to make progress and ap­pears to have taken mat­ters into his own hands.

Even though the for­mer Manch­ester United cap­tain would like to be able to meet his new play­ers and staff in China, it is doubt­ful the club will be able to get a visa un­less they are given dis­pen­sa­tion by the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment to fast-track an ap­pli­ca­tion.

It re­mains to be seen how Wed­nes­day re­act to Bruce’s res­ig­na­tion, but it seems they will have lit­tle choice but to ac­cept they need to be­gin their own search for a re­place­ment.

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