Danny Murphy ‘stands by’ Steve Bruce comments but admits he did not know reasons for Sheffield Wednesday delay. Sheffield Wednesday want £5million in compensation if Steve Bruce is to leave and become manager of Newcastle United, but Mike Ashley is refusing to pay that much, according to The Northern Echo. Discover the real story, facts, and details of Steve Bruce. Bruce subsequently defended his decision, as he had had two operations since leaving Aston Villa and needed time to recuperate, as well as the need to recover from the death of both his parents in 2018. Explore Steve Bruce's biography, personal life, family and real age.