Newcastle confirmed the move on the 17th of July without the Owls’ consent or knowledge, and there is now going to be a legal battle between the two clubs – with Wednesday confirming last night that they had launched an official complaint to the Premier League over Newcastle’s behaviour.
The whole situation is a farce, and Wednesday have every right to be fuming with both Bruce and Newcastle. The Sheffield Wednesday board have shown nothing but compassion to Bruce since he was appointed in January – they even granted him an extra month off to grieve for the loss of his parents.
This summer they have made three signings and you would think these were all approved by Bruce and now he has left them. Fair enough, it is his boyhood club, and he may not have left Wednesday for anyone else, but he has left them in a tricky situation.
A lot of Owls fans have expressed their anger on Twitter towards Bruce at the position he has left them in.
Newcastle, however, have acted despicably in the way they have poached Bruce from the Owls.
The two clubs have still not sorted out some legal issues, and the Owls did not know Newcastle were going to announce Bruce as manager when they did – so the communication between the two has been awful.
It seems that they thought they could get Bruce for cheap because he is a Geordie and would be willing to take the job he has always dreamed of.
Newcastle have therefore disregarded Sheffield Wednesday, and they now find themselves involved in a legal battle that could prove to be very costly for the club.
The Owls certainly have every right to be angry with both Newcastle and Bruce, and hopefully, their legal battle gets them the justice they deserve.