Danny Mills has suggested there could be a deal agreed between Newcastle United and Sheffield Wednesday for Steve Bruce after reports the manager had resigned from the Championship club.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds United and England defender says that he believes Bruce’s reported departure from Hillsborough will have been an amicable one and that Wednesday could have forced him to stay if they had wanted to.

BBC Sport reported on Monday morning that the former Aston Villa and Sunderland boss had resigned from his role with the Yorkshire club amid interest from the Magpies over their vacant manager’s position, having been appointed back in January.

Mills says that his resignation indicates Sheffield Wednesday’s chiefs have not stood in his way and that there could be a compensation agreement in place with Newcastle for his move back to the north east.

“They didn’t have to accept his resignation, and they could have forced that, so I’m pretty sure it’s an amicable decision,” Mills told Football Insider.

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“(It’s been) a mutual decision made by everyone involved and working else what’s the best thing. Do they really want to drag it out and cause issues? They’ve probably decided okay.

“There may be a little deal behind-the-scenes that we don’t know about where there is a little bit of compensation and if that’s the case it’s been dealt with in the right way. It’s been dealt with swiftly, professionally and now everybody can move on and get on with their business.”

Bruce, 58, was born in Corbridge, a neighbouring town of Newcastle, and was raised a Magpies supporter as a boy.

He joined Wednesday months after his sacking at Aston Villa and helped his new side finish 12th in the second tier, losing just three of his 18 games in charge.

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