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Hull City boss Steve Bruce has ruled himself out of replacing Alan Pardew as Newcastle manager.

Hull City boss Steve Bruce has ruled himself out of replacing Alan Pardew as Newcastle manager.

Bruce is a boyhood Newcastle fan and said he was "flattered" to be linked with the position but is committed to Hull and has already turned down three offers from other clubs during his time at the Tigers.

Pardew is yet to complete a move to Crystal Palace after Newcastle announced on Monday night that a compensation figure had been agreed and he had been given permission to talk to the Eagles.

Bruce said today ahead of the New Year's Day clash with Everton: "People know that I am from Newcastle, I was a Newcastle supporter as a boy and it has been regurgitated since I was a 22-year-old playing for Norwich and Gillingham.

"For that obvious reason every time I am linked with them. It's very flattering as I'm a Geordie but that's it.

"I have a job to do here and it would be wrong for me to think of anything else other than get this club out of the position we are in and that's all I am focused on. It would be wrong for the speculation to keep carrying on for the club, for the supporters, for the players.

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"I am determined to see this through and make sure we stay in the Premier League and build on the good work we have done in the last two hand a half years. I have had three offers in the two and a half years I have been here and I have turned them all down so I think the chairman knows the way I feel and why would I want to leave now? It's not right, and I hope people respect that."

It has also been reported that Tony Pulis has not been offered the opportunity to replace Pardew.

Amid claims that the former Stoke and Crystal Palace boss had turned down the chance to take over at St James' Park, sources on Tyneside have insisted the proposition was never put to him as Mike Ashley considers his options ahead of Pardew's imminent departure for Selhurst Park.

It is understood that, along with Bruce, former Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood, who along with Pulis featured prominently in the early betting, is not under consideration.

Palace are yet to confirm Pardew's appointment, but the 53-year-old returned to Tyneside on Tuesday to say his goodbyes to the Magpies after more tha n four years in charge.

As he did so, Ashley, who is currently on holiday in Barbados, and managing director Lee Charnley, were working through a short-list of potential candidates having been inundated with applications.

But they were doing so with a very definition job specification in mind as they look to appoint a head coach to work alongside Charnley and chief scout Graham Carr with the latter pair conducting the club's transfer activity within the confines of the club's established investment policy.

That "continental" model is one which they believe is suited to certain interested parties and not others.


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