Gary Rowett rumoured to replace Steve Bruce as manager of Sheffield Wednesday
Gary Rowett struggled at Stoke City but Steve Bruce leaving Sheffield Wednesday might just be Rowett’s chance to redeem himself. Bruce left Hillsborough earlier this week after little more than six months in charge of Sheffield Wednesday, to replace Rafa Benitez as Newcastle United’s boss.
The former Sunderland and Aston Villa chief was appointed on a three-year deal on Wednesday – a few hours before the Magpies were beaten 4-0 by Wolves in a pre-season friendly in China. Critics and fans alike have labeled Bruce as the Premier league manager most likely to be sacked next term.
Bruce insists he will do everything possible to prove himself to his critics, at a time when his former club are threatening legal action to resolve “outstanding legal issues”.
Sheffield Wednesday issued a strongly worded statement, expressing their ‘disappointment’ to learn that Bruce had been unveiled while there are ‘outstanding legal issues to be resolved’, as quoted by the Telegraph. An exclusive interview with Chris Waddle revealed that he strongly supported Bruce and believed Steve Bruce was the man to take Sheffield Wednesday to the Premier League.
“Bruce has an amazing track record of success in the Championship. He knows what to do and how to get out of it. With the right backing, Steve Bruce can take Sheffield Wednesday to the Premier League”.
Now, Bruce is officially the newly appointed manager of Newcastle United and he insists that he couldn’t let this opportunity of taking over St. Jame’s park pass him by again.
Now Sheffield United suddenly find themselves without a manager and with only less than a month until the Championship kicks off, the Owls have found themselves in a rather difficult position.
However, speculation across the internet suggests Gary Rowett of Stoke City is an early frontrunner to replace Bruce. Rowett’s availability could play right into their hands.
The 45-year-old was viewed as one of the brightest young coaches in Britain a few years ago after overachieving with Burton and Birmingham City on measure resources. His reputation has taken a hit, however, following disappointing spells at both Derby County and Stoke City.
So, his appointment at Sheffield Wednesday could go both ways and we’re hoping it takes a more successful route.