Sheffield Wednesday vs Newcastle
Are Sheffield Wednesday and Newcastle heading for a face-off in the courts?
On Wednesday, the Owls confirmed that they are talking to lawyers after Newcastle United appointed Steve Bruce as their new manager.
Bruce, who has previously managed Sunderland, agreed a 3-year deal with the Magpies this week.
Last weekend, Bruce was still in charge of Sheffield Wednesday, as the Championship side kicked off their pre-season against Lincoln.
Bruce subsequently quit his post at Hillsborough, along with assistants Steve Agnew and Steve Clemence.
All three men have since signed on at St. James’ Park.
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3 million pound fight over Steve Bruce
In the Times on Thursday, the battle lines are drawn out between Sheffield Wednesday and Newcastle.
Sheffield Wednesday are considering launching legal proceedings against the Magpies with respect to the compensation package owed for pinching Bruce.
Previously, the Times had claimed that Sheffield Wednesday wanted 3 million pounds, while Newcastle had only offered upwards of one million pounds.
However, today those numbers have been updated by the broadsheet, who note that there’s a three million pound difference of opinion between the Premier League and Championship sides:
Sheffield Wednesday have threatened to take legal action against Newcastle United after the defection of Steve Bruce and his coaching staff to St James’ Park.
Newcastle have offered the Sky Bet Championship club about £3 million to release Bruce from his one-year rolling contract at Hillsborough, but Wednesday are demanding up to £6 million for the three men.
Wolves 4 – Newcastle 0
Steve Bruce wasn’t in charge against Wolves, but Newcastle’s problems were laid bare.
In a pre-season friendly in China on Wednesday, Wolves battered Newcastle 4-0.
Diogo Jota scored twice in the first-half, while Morgan Gibbs-White found the target after 32 minutes.
A terrible day for the Toon was sealed when Thomas Allan scored a late own goal.