Ex-Newcastle United manager eyes shock return to rescue former club following 18-month exile

Former Newcastle United manager Steve BruceFormer Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce
Former Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce
Steve Bruce has been out of work since being sacked by West Bromwich Albion in October 2022

Steve Bruce has emerged as a shock front-runner to take charge of former club Birmingham City.

The Blues are in dire straits after being relegated to League One following a roller-coaster campaign. Replacing John Eustace with Wayne Rooney in October backfired, with Birmingham sliding from sixth to the bottom three.

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Tony Mowbray had taken the reins for a brief spell before a health problem forced the club’s US owners to appoint their fourth manager - Gary Rowett - in a desperate attempt to survive. He had previously enjoyed a solid spell at St Andrew’s but failed to beat the drop despite winning against Norwich City on the final day.

The managerial situation remains in limbo until a long-term decision is made on Mowbray’s future. Should he leave, Football Insider claim ex-Newcastle United manager Bruce would be in the frame to take charge.

The 63-year-old has been out of work since being sacked by West Bromwich Albion in October 2022. That came a year after his Toon dismissal following the Saudi-backed takeover.

Bruce - who enjoyed six years at Birmingham in the noughties - has opened up about wanting another crack at management. He said earlier this year: “This is the longest I've been out of the game. I was unbroken for something like 46 years, and unfortunately, I've had a year out now.

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“I've been busy building a house over the last couple of years, so I've got myself involved with that. But, look, it's time that I go back to work again. I'm itching to go back in, not necessarily as a manager. 

“I wouldn't mind helping a young manager (and) helping a club in any way. I'd like to think that, after 46 years, if someone asked me a question about football, I'd be able to answer it.”

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