The saga that appointing a new manager has turned into for Leeds United took a new twist on Friday afternoon, when rumours emerged that Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce could be being lined up for the role.
That sent the Whites fans into something of an initial meltdown on Twitter, but then after a while of deliberation, many began to suggest he could be just what their club need at the present time.
The issue with Bruce and the Leeds following would be that he is a former Manchester United player, and the day after current Red Devils star Marcus Rashford was booed when playing for England at Elland Road, it is clear there is no love lost between supporters of the Yorkshire club and the Premier League giants.
Were the Villa boss to make the jump and take over at the Whites, he would not be the first man to have represented their rivals across the Pennines and become a hit among their fan base.
Gordan Strachan made the move from Manchester to Leeds in 1989, and went on to play a significant role in the Yorkshire club winning the old First Division in 1992.
Much of the last week has been taken up with the belief that Marcelo Bielsa was the man in waiting for the Whites’ hierarchy, but things have gone quiet on that front, and with Bruce’s future up in the air at Villa Park, he could well swap Championship sides this summer.
Villa are in doubt over whether they have the financial structure to keep the former Hull City, Sunderland and Birmingham City boss in charge of the Villans, and were they to decide to allow him to leave, Leeds could be ready to offer him an immediate return to the game.
Eventually many of the Whites fans came around to the idea that Bruce could be the man to lead them into the Premier League, something he has done on four previous occasions, while a few were still unconvinced.
Here are the pick of their Twitter reactions:
Don’t care who Steve Bruce has played for or managed or even if he’s a ####, he’s successful at getting teams out of this league and that’s ultimately what we want. Let’s be honest we know what we’re getting if we get him #lufc
— Kirsty Stanley (@stanners_1982) June 8, 2018
If Steve Bruce becomes #lufc manager and takes us up I’d happily carry him shoulder high (with the help of several others).
— Terry Coburn (@TerryCoburn) June 8, 2018
Would take Steve Bruce all day long #lufc
— Robbo (@Ste_Robbo87) June 8, 2018
Might not be a popular opinion but I'd take Steve Bruce over Marcelo Bielsa every day of the week #LUFC
— Steve Burt (@steve_j_burt) June 8, 2018
Wouldn't be my choice, but Steve Bruce is not a bad plan B or C. We'd have been very happy with that before Bielsa was linked. Huge shift in calibre of target. #lufc
— The Scratching Shed (@TSSLUFC) June 8, 2018
Steve Bruce would be a great appointment. One of the most successful championship managers in recent years. Always questioned Bielsas motivation coming to England for the first time at 62. Huge contrast in managerial styles but Bruce the better option IMO. #LUFC
— tom clayton (@tomclayton31) June 8, 2018
Had no internet for a few days so Please tell me there is no truth in rumours I see on Twitter that Steve Bruce could come anywhere near #lufc
— David Hay (@Davehaymot) June 8, 2018
Steve Bruce leaves clubs in a mess. Maybe not straight after but look at who he’s managed and what happened to them. He’s an open chequebook manager like Redknapp. Avoid like the plague IMO. #lufc
— Wayne (@wayneleedsfan) June 8, 2018
Just had my afternoon nap and woke up to Steve Bruce being lumped on for #lufc job. Shoot me now 😭😭
— Micky Padge (@mickipadgett) June 8, 2018
Imagine Steve Bruce as the new #LUFC manager. A former red. That would be like your being the best man for the bloke your wife cheated on you with.
— Martyn (@Martynho87) June 8, 2018