The Sheffield Wednesday manager, Steve Bruce, has addressed the speculation linking him with the vacancy at Newcastle United
Bruce is one of a number of names being suggested as a possible replacement for the departed Rafa Benitez, although he is not thought to be among the main contenders.
The 58-year-old is a lifelong Newcastle supporter, but has twice turned down the chance to manage at St James’ Park.
And asked at Sheffield Wednesday’s Owls in the Park event on Sunday whether it could be third time lucky for the Magpies, Bruce suggested that those of an Owls persuasion should not be too concerned.
“Maybe, because I’m from Newcastle (that is the reason for the rumour),” he told BBC Radio Sheffield.
“But no, I’ve been on holiday. I never take any notice of all that sort of speculation or tittle-tattle because the way the newspapers are today, no disrespect, because I think there have been 150 managers associated with Newcastle.
“I would suppose I’m going to be one of them.”
Bruce has suffered just three defeats since taking charge of Sheffield Wednesday in January of this year.
The Owls made a late play for the Championship play-offs last season, and the former Manchester United defender’s focus remains, for the time being, on going one better this time around.
Mikel Arteta, Patrick Vieira and Steven Gerrard are among the other managers being linked with Benitez’s old role.