Steve Bruce tries to force through Newcastle United move

Bruce resigns with Newcastle offer on table

Bruce resigns with Newcastle offer on table

Bruce knows that with the start of the new season closing in rapidly, he needs to hit the ground running when he does take over at Newcastle, and with that in mind he already knows the first two men he wants to bring to St James' Park.

The former Sunderland manager has a vast experience of managing in the Premier League as well as the Championship, and has been in charge of 10 clubs so far in his career.

If the deal does go through, it could be a great bit of business from Newcastle, after losing Rafa Benitez earlier this summer.

They are Everton duo Yannick Bolasie and James McCarthy, players who he tried to sign last term while at Aston Villa, and who he is hoping to take to the Magpies with him.

After the reports of a potential takeover of the club in May, the Toon army was filled with the positivity, which seems to have been short-lived as nothing materialised, leaving the club under Mike Ashley's cloud once again.

Newcastle have flown to China without a manager as they prepare to face Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League Asia Trophy in Nanjing on Wednesday.

The Magpies held talks with Bruce, 58, on Saturday and he is the overwhelming favourite to succeed Rafael Benitez. He led the SWFC preseason triumph over Lincoln City last week. Even by Newcastle United's standards, this is an abject lack of ambition.

The Magpies fans were right to feel cautious about the story, as Damian Spellman, the North-East sports reporter for the Press Association, warned the Toon Army not to be sucked in by the news.