Bruce quashes Newcastle talk

Published on: 10 July 2019

Sheffield Wednesday boss Steve Bruce has poured cold water on suggestions he is set to succeed Rafael Benitez as Newcastle United manager.

Benitez left St James' Park last month when his contract expired and he has since agreed to join Chinese Super League side Dalian.

Bruce has been a manager for more than two decades with the 59-year-old former Manchester United defender having spells in charge of Sheffield United, Huddersfield Town, Wigan Athletic, Crystal Palace, Birmingham City, Wigan Athletic, Sunderland, Hull City and Aston Villa before taking charge at Hillsborough in February.

"It's news to me," Bruce said of the speculation linking him with the Newcastle vacancy. "John Terry was favourite [for the job]. It was Mikel Arteta the day before so who knows?

"As far as I'm concerned, I'm here, I'm going home tomorrow and looking forward to walking the dog!"

Meanwhile, Owls goalkeeper Keiren Westwood has signed a new two-year deal with the club.

The 34-year-old former Carlisle United shot-stopper has been at Hillsborough since July 2014.

The Republic of Ireland international made 21 appearances in the second half of last season and has now made 164 appearances in all competitions for the Owls.

Sheffield Wednesday are 6/1 to be promoted from the Championship in 2019/20 and 7/4 to win their first game of the campaign against Reading on 3rd August.

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Sheffield Wednesday boss Steve Bruce has poured cold water on suggestions he is set to succeed Rafael Benitez as Newcastle United manager.

Benitez left St James' Park last month when his contract expired and he has since agreed to join Chinese Super League side Dalian.

Bruce has been a manager for more than two decades with the 59-year-old former Manchester United defender having spells in charge of Sheffield United, Huddersfield Town, Wigan Athletic, Crystal Palace, Birmingham City, Wigan Athletic, Sunderland, Hull City and Aston Villa before taking charge at Hillsborough in February.

"It's news to me," Bruce said of the speculation linking him with the Newcastle vacancy. "John Terry was favourite [for the job]. It was Mikel Arteta the day before so who knows?

"As far as I'm concerned, I'm here, I'm going home tomorrow and looking forward to walking the dog!"

Meanwhile, Owls goalkeeper Keiren Westwood has signed a new two-year deal with the club.

The 34-year-old former Carlisle United shot-stopper has been at Hillsborough since July 2014.

The Republic of Ireland international made 21 appearances in the second half of last season and has now made 164 appearances in all competitions for the Owls.

Sheffield Wednesday are 6/1 to be promoted from the Championship in 2019/20 and 7/4 to win their first game of the campaign against Reading on 3rd August.

Source: bet365.com

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