Steve Bruce wants Newcastle talks but he won’t come cheap

The 64-year-old confirmed the news on talkSPORT after Sportsmail's exclusive revealing

The 64-year-old confirmed the news on talkSPORT after Sportsmail's exclusive revealing

WEDNESDAY manager Steve Bruce is closing in on a switch to hometown club Newcastle United - and could be confirmed as the new Magpies chief before the weekend.

"I was very flattered that I was considered but it's that thing - don't go back", Allardyce told Talksport. 'The opportunity that attracts me may never come now.

"I must say that I have had more meetings with the chairman, the president and the general manager this week than I had in three years at Newcastle".

The report from the Telegraph on Thursday claims that baring any last minute problems, Steve Bruce will be named as the new Newcastle boss.

"Allardyce continued: "'It wasn't something I thought about for too long.

With the Premier League season fast approaching, Newcastle really need to make a decision on their new boss.

"I never got to talk to Mike [Ashley]".

"As we all know from experience, in football, just as in everyday life, when people show you respect and affection and do everything they can to make things easier for you, life is much happier, even when you face hard moments".

On his previous stint on Tyneside, Allardyce explained: "It wasn't pleasant in the end but it was in the middle of the takeover". It was handled brilliantly by Mike and his staff at the time.

It remains to be seen how much the total compensation fee for Bruce will be, or how quickly Newcastle can thrash out an agreement. Allardyce has managed seven clubs in the Premier League to date - coming into each team with the remit to help them avoid relegation. I was supposed to try and break into the top four but I didn't get the chance to do anything.