What do 10cc and Steve Bruce have in common? They don’t just like cricket, they love it (apparently).

According to Ian Baker – the Wardell Whittle Agency reporter some may remember as the man Nigel Pearson once called ‘an ostrich’ – that is the reason behind Bruce’s delayed start as Sheffield Wednesday manager.

It is claimed the 58-year-old plans to tick off his ‘bucket list’ an England cricket test in the West Indies, with the first one due to take place in Barbados on January 23.

Bruce was finally appointed Owls boss on Wednesday, succeeding Jos Luhukay at Hillsborough.

But it is his assistant, Steve Agnew, who will lead the Championship side until the former Sheffield United manager arrives.

Left to right: The new Sheffield Wednesday manager, Steve Bruce, with assistant, Steve Agnew (Photo by John Patrick Fletcher/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Stephen Clemence and Lee Bullen, who led Sheffield Wednesday to two wins and two draws as caretaker boss, will provide support to Agnew in the meantime.

The latter is uncle to Jordan Rhodes and brother-in-law of the loaned-out Owls striker’s father, Andy.

It’s probably worth pointing out these claims are made by just one (albeit respected) reporter and there may be other, more serious, reasons for Bruce’s late arrival.

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