The saga over the Newcastle manager post continues, and seems to go from bad to worse, with reports in the Times claiming it will cost £5 million in compensation to bring Steve Bruce to the club.
When claims of a move for Bruce gained momentum, reports were saying it would take a sum of just £1m to get their man, but today the figures have changed.
If £5m is the amount, then it beggars belief that Newcastle will be happy to pay such a huge fee for a manager that is not considered elite, and has received such a massively negative reception from fans.
Former Watford manager Quique Sanchez Florez was mentioned as a possible successor to Rafa Benitez, and although he did not sound like a fantastic appointment at the time, he seems a better option now.
But with him being out of work, Newcastle could have him for no compensation, and would get a boss who has proved he can work on minimal budgets in the Premier League, and do well.
Will compensation come from transfer budget?
An even bigger concern is where any compensation money will come from.
It is likely that any fee to be paid will have to come from the transfer budget that is being offered to whoever comes in. Mike Ashley has said he wants the club to be self-sufficient, and he will not put any more money in.
That suggests that the money must come from within the St James’ Park coffers, and the only available cash, would be the transfer kitty.
Whether Bruce has the contacts and influence to attract big name players to Newcastle is another article in the making, but for now, fans are still trying to come to terms with what most of them see as Ashley’s latest slap in the face.