St James's Park, the home of Newcastle United Football Club. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Newcastle United rumours: Ex-Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder tipped to snub Celtic, Magpies and West Brom 'appeal to him'

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has publicly backed by the unwanted Steve Bruce – but there have still been numerous reports on who could replace the 60-year-old.

Bruce has won just two of his previous 18 Premier League games and as a result, the club are living dangerously outside the relegation zone.

While the final decision rests with Ashley, several supporters believe the Magpies head coach has run his cause on Tyneside and that change is vital to their survival hopes.

One of the names linked with potentially succeeding the former Manchester United defender at St James’s Park is Chris Wilder.

Alan Biggs, a columnist for our sister title the Sheffield Star, believes a move to the North East would appeal to Wilder.

However, Biggs says the 53-year-old wants to take a break from football first before returning.

"He's been linked with Celtic but I can't see that one. What I do see is either West Brom or Newcastle for sure,” Biggs told talkSPORT.

"I do know that in 2019 following Sheffield United’s promotion, Newcastle investigated the possibility of recruiting him but he stayed loyal and wanted to manage his team in the top-flight.

"I think it would appeal to him but I’m not speaking with any sort of knowledge of having discussed it with him but I think it would.

"Equally with West Brom, even in the Championship, the potential to take them where he wants to. I think either of those two is absolutely logical.

"From what I do understand, he wants to take a short break, he needs a short break.

"He’s an exceptional football manager who has worked 20 years without a break and has not actually been sacked.”

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