Some Newcastle United supporters are urging the Sheffield Wednesday chairman, Dejphon Chansiri, to continue standing his ground over Steve Bruce.
Bruce is wanted to replace Rafa Benitez as Newcastle manager.
And the Owls boss is said to be interested in taking the position at his boyhood club.
But according to Sky Sports’ Keith Downie, Wednesday have surprised the Magpies with an asking price ‘far greater than expected’ for Bruce and his assistants, Steve Agnew and Stephen Clemence.
Chansiri has gained a reputation as being something of a difficult negotiator, and has made just one high-profile player sale – Jack Hunt to Bristol City for a fee south of £2 million – in his four-and-a-half-year reign.
And the following Newcastle fans, disillusioned by the prospect of Bruce’s arrival, as a former Sunderland boss who last managed in the Premier League four years ago, are hoping that the Thai businessman will once again get his way…
It’s off until #swfc give in…please don’t budge Sheff Wed as he hasn’t got a chance of getting anyone else. He’s desperate! Get as much as you can out of him and double the fee every time he tries to haggle!!
— Andy Marshall (@MagicWiggle) July 12, 2019
Come on @swfc …new favourite team if you keep him from us 🤞🤞🤞
— Gary Ford (@garyf_) July 12, 2019
Sheffield Wednesday moving the goal posts at the last minute. Straight out Ashley’s playbook. Beautiful.
— Joe Thomas (@joethomas138) July 12, 2019
— Andrew Daly (@AndrewD42382482) July 12, 2019
don’t give up @swfc, please hold out for more
— Chris (@ChrisKPH) July 12, 2019
Get in there sheff wed.
— Steve Dønaldsøn (@Stezza_Dozza) July 12, 2019
Hold tight sheff wed
— Gaz S (@Gazlar28) July 13, 2019
Legends @swfc please keep hold of him love all geordies x
— Aaron (@AaronLillycrop) July 12, 2019
Chansiri should drag this out, go through a period of no comment. Then declare that the Sports Direct Group were time wasters who couldn’t show proof of funds.
— Paul (@PaulSecure) July 12, 2019
Ashley needs to know what it’s like and that he can’t just get things on the cheap this close to a season.. stick your ground sheff wed
— Gentle Geordie (@GentleGeordie) July 12, 2019
It is unclear whether or not Bruce will take charge of Sheffield Wednesday’s first pre-season friendly on English soil, at Lincoln later on Saturday.