Date: 16th July 2019 at 4:53pm
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Steve Bruce may have been told by Newcastle United’s chiefs that they are expecting the real possibility of relegation next season, according to Darren Bent.

The former Aston Villa and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, says that the Magpies are facing a difficult campaign after losing Ayoze Perez and Salomon Rondon’s talents and that they could have one eye on a potential Championship campaign.

Bruce was reported by BBC Sport to have resigned from his role as Sheffield Wednesday manager on Monday amid interest from Newcastle over making him their new boss.

Bent says that Bruce’s seemingly imminent appointment could point to the board at St James’ Park preparing for not only a tough Premier League campaign but the possibility of a return to the second tier, which he suggests could scupper any takeover plans

“They lost one of their best players in Ayoze Perez, that’s a big blow, Rondon’s not signed, that’s another key player – it’s tough, it’s a real rebuilding shift,” Bent told Football Insider.

“The only thing I can think of that Newcastle have said to Steve Bruce is; ‘There is a chance we will go down this season. If we do, don’t worry about it, you’re the person to get us back up.’ Maybe they’ve got one eye looking forward. 

“You think to yourself Mike Ashley’s best chance to sell the club is right now, their selling point is high as it is ever going to be – right now. If they go down, who is going to buy the club then?” 

Bruce has taken charge of just 18 games at Sheffield Wednesday since joining back in February, losing just three matches on the way to a 12th placed finish.

Newcastle have spent the last two seasons battling for a mid-table finish under former boss Rafael Benitez, having secured the Championship title and promotion at the first time of asking back in 2017.

In other Newcastle United news, it can be REVEALED the Magpies are set to seal their first signing of the summer imminently from a Premier League giant.