Newcastle United news: Chris Wilder 'in the running' to replace Steve Bruce as Magpies suffer possible transfer blow

Steve Bruce is preparing to take his Newcastle United side to Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday – but there is speculation surrounding his future.

By Jordan Cronin
Wednesday, 17th March 2021, 4:36 pm
Updated Wednesday, 17th March 2021, 4:41 pm

The Magpies face a relegation six-pointer at the Amex Stadium on a weekend that could decide their fate in the Premier League this season.

Here are the latest headlines surrounding the Magpies today:

Chris Wilder eyed by Newcastle United – reports

Newcastle United head coach Steve Bruce. (Photo by CLIVE BRUNSKILL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

According to The Transfer Window Podcast host Ian McGarry, Chris Wilder is being considered as a potential replacement for Steve Bruce

Should the Magpies drop into the relegation zone and lose at Brighton, McGarry believes Bruce may well be sacked.

Wilder, who left Sheffield United by mutual consent last Saturday evening, is in the frame to replace the 60-year-old head coach.

McGarry said: “We bring you news now of the possibility, which has been talked about, of the departure of Newcastle United’s manager Steve Bruce and the possibility of him being replaced if they lose to Brighton this coming weekend.

“Chris Wilder, who departed Sheffield United after a long-running and antagonistic relationship with the club’s hierarchy over transfers and investment, who is still waiting for his lawyers to agree a compensation package – we understand is in the running to replace Steve Bruce.”

Newcastle miss out on Cardiff City starlet?

Cardiff City youngster Kieron Evans has signed a new contract with the Championship club – which could come as a blow to Newcastle.

As per Wales Online, the Magpies, along with West Brom, Sheffield United and Burnley, were monitoring the 19-year-old attacking midfielder, however Evans has put pen to paper on a new two-year deal at the Welsh side.

He said: "I feel amazing. I've been at the club since I was 10. Signing my second pro contract here is a great feeling. It was a no-brainer for me. I want to prove that I can make it at this club.

"I've learned a lot in the last 12 months with the under-23s and the first team and I can't wait to see what the future holds."

Bin Zayed Group fail to takeover Derby County

Indeed, the news arrives on the same day in which it has been widely reported that the same directors failed to get a deal for Derby County completed.

The BZG held extensive talks with owner Mike Ashley in the summer – and made various claims they were closing in on a £350million sale.

‘Monochrome Acquisition Limited’ – which would likely have been used to facilitate the switchover of ownership Ashley’s MASH Holdings to BZG – has been “dissolved via compulsory strike-off”.

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