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Monday 11 December 2017

Bruce remains in frame to lead Wolves' pack

STEVE Bruce remains a major contender to become the next Wolves manager even though other candidates were set to be interviewed during the next 48 hours.

The midlands club were today set to resume their search for the sacked Mick McCarthy's successor after having to write off hopes of securing either Alan Curbishley or Brian McDermott.

Former Charlton and West Ham boss Curbishley knocked back Wolves' approach for a second time while McDermott has signed a new three-and-a-half-year contract with Reading.

Last night, Bruce claimed he had not spoken to Wolves owner Steve Morgan or chief executive Jez Moxey since his initial interview on Friday.

But it is believed that the former Sunderland, Birmingham and Wigan boss is still under consideration from the Wolves hierarchy.

Bruce, who has relocated back to the midlands, remains keen on the role even though he has been exasperated at the lack of contact during the past five days.

He has also received a negative reaction from some sections of Wolves fans over his possible appointment.

It is now likely that caretaker boss Terry Connor will be in charge of Wolves during Saturday's game at Newcastle.

The likes of Blackpool's Ian Holloway, Birmingham's Chris Hughton and former Sunderland and Ipswich boss Roy Keane have also been linked with the role.

Gus Poyet last night revealed Wolves had approached Brighton to secure his services but insisted he "never had a decision to make".

Wolves had previously denied reports they had made an approach for the Uruguayan.

Poyet said: "I didn't have any decisions to make, anything to think about. I was not involved at all."

Attempting to sign up a manager already in work could be a lengthy process and Wolves do not have time on their side as they strive to move out of the Premier League's bottom three.

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