- Steve Bruce is under increasing pressure as Newcastle United manager
- Derby County boss Wayne Rooney reportedly keen on the role if it comes up
- Rooney is cutting his teeth in management with championship outfit
- EXCLUSIVE: Newcastle captain Jamal Lascelles involved in tunnel bust-up with Magpie teammate Isaac Hayden after Tottenham defeat
According to reports, Wayne Rooney is interested in taking over at Newcastle United if the club’s new Saudi bosses sack Steve Bruce.
Bruce is under increasing pressure after a loss against Tottenham, which ended poorly, SportsMail revealed a bust in the tunnel between Jamal Lascelles and teammate Isaac Hayden.
sportsmail It also understands that some players expressed dissatisfaction with Bruce’s tactics in the dressing room after the game and for some time a change felt imminent.
Wayne Rooney (right) reportedly interested in Newcastle job after Steve Bruce (left) leaves
Rooney, who is cutting his teeth in management with Derby County in the championship, would be interested in the role if it becomes available, according to Chronicle.
The Derby are mired in administration and sit at the bottom of the championship after receiving a point cut, leaving Rooney Hamstrung hoping to take the club to the table.
The report further stated that should Rooney be appointed, he would be interested in bringing on former Newcastle goalkeeper Shay Given as part of his coaching staff.
Newcastle are 19th in the Premier League and remain without a win in the first eight matches
Some time spent working in the Derby and any return to St James’s Park will undoubtedly prove to be a hit with supporters.
Bruce has acknowledged the fans’ disappointment with the club being 19th in the Premier League and not winning their first eight matches.
But when asked whether he would stay away from poisoning, he flatly refused to do so.
‘I’m not going to chuck it when the going gets tough and we’re in the bottom three. That’s not me,’ he said after the 3-2 loss to Tottenham.
‘I understand the (fans’) frustration, and I understand how long they have been.
Rooney is cutting his teeth in management with Derby but he is mired in uncertainty
‘But at the end of the day we haven’t won enough matches this season, so whether you’re yourself or someone else, if you’re not winning, or not winning enough, you have to face the consequences.’
Rooney could be one of several candidates chosen by Amanda Staveley and Newcastle’s new Saudi bosses to sack Bruce.
Villarreal’s Unai Emery, Rangers’ Steven Gerrard and Paulo Fonseca are believed to be all in the mix.
sportsmail It has been said that sacking Bruce is a priority for Stavley and the board, but correct procedures must be followed and a sign-off by the majority shareholder, the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia, is required.