Bruce resignation brings Newcastle move closer
Steve Bruce has reportedly resigned as Sheffield Wednesday manager as he attempts to force through a move to Newcastle United.
Corbridge-born Bruce is Newcastle's number one target to replace Rafael Benitez, who left his position at St James' Park on June 30, and reports last weekend suggested a deal was close.
However, the Owls are still holding out for more than £1million in compensation, more than the Magpies are willing to pay, and talks are believed to be at a standstill between the parties.
Bruce was quizzed about the speculation on Sunday and told BBC Radio Sheffield: "Speculation is speculation. It's in the hands of the clubs. For me, there's nothing to talk about until the two clubs reach some sort of compromise."
It is now being claimed the 58-year-old has tendered his resignation, which Wednesday have reportedly rejected, along with his assistant Steve Agner and also Stephen Clemence.
James Mason grew up in Northumberland so is entrenched in both the football and golf scenes. A low handicap golfer, he also follows Newcastle United and predicts big things under Rafa Benitez.