Don't Rule Out Bruce To Become Toon Boss!
"He has also told friends he would like to take the job if present manager Joe Kinnear decides he does not want to stay beyond the end of this season following his triple heart bypass operation.
"That has made the Corbridge-born former Manchester United defender the obvious candidate to replace Kinnear, should the 62-year-old - who has still not signed the two-year contract he was offered before Christmas - decide not to take on the responsibility long-term."
A source close to Bruce said: "It is a job that interests him and he hasn't tried to hide that from Newcastle either. They know how he feels. He is from the North East and it would be like coming home for him.
"He's done an excellent job at Wigan and enjoys working there, but Newcastle are a much bigger club and it is a challenge he would like to take on in the future. I think even Dave Whelan realises that."