Steve Bruce 'believes he could stabilise Man United dressing room'
Bring. Brucey. Home.
And so the search begins. Manchester United are looking for for their fifth permanent manager in the post-Ferguson era, after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked the day after a 4-1 humiliation at the hands of relegation battlers Watford.
The writing had been on the wall for a while and a better run club would have made the decision two humiliations prior, before the international break, affording themselves more time to find a replacement. Alas, United are not a well run club.
The list of potential replacements includes the likes of Zinedine Zidane, who is currently out of work, as well as PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino and Ajax's Erik Ten Hag. But securing any of these targets would entail a tough period of negotiations, especially mid-season with both the aforementioned club in significantly better form than United right now.
A more logical plan, as laid out in United's statement on Sunday morning, might be to bring in an interim manager until the end of the season, at which point they can look for a more prestigious, longer-term appointment.
And who better for that role than another former Manchester United player from the glory days of the 1990s?
As reported by the Athletic, Steve Bruce is keen on the vacant role at Old Trafford and believes he could 'stabilise the dressing room.'
Bruce was recently let go by Newcastle United following the completion of the Saudi-led takeover. It feels unlikely that the club will bring in a manager so closely associated with fighting relegation and the negative football that scarred the St James' faithful, but recent history shows they do love a nostalgic appointment.
Bringing Brucey back to his old stomping ground would be a controversial decision among fans, but would surely be popular throughout the rest of the league.