Bruce makes Newcastle play
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.