NEWCASTLE managerial target Steve Bruce was confronted by a fan during Sheffield Wednesday’s pre-season friendly against Lincoln City.
Bruce is expected to take over at St James’ Park in the near future.
Toon chiefs are currently searching for Rafa Benitez’s successor, after they opted not to extend his contract, leaving him free to join Chinese side Dalian Yifang.
One of the Premier League’s most experienced managers, Bruce only took over at Wednesday in February.
But he could be on the move again after just 11 games at the Championship club.
Despite the recent speculation, he took charge of the club’s 3-1 win at League One Lincoln.
But nothing could have prepared Bruce for what was to happen next, as he was approached on the touchline by an angry fan.
Wednesday fans slammed the fan’s actions on Twitter, with many defending Bruce, and calling for the fan to be banned.
“Embarrassing. GROWN MEN,” one wrote.
“There is nothing really to talk about until the two clubs reach some sort of compromise”
Another added: “What an embarrassing scruff, hope he gets banned for life.”
“Good, ban him the tool! No room for people like that, we’re all bemused with what’s happening but that is disgusting,” a third put.
And another tweeted: “Would expect a banning order. No matter what… behaviour like that is unacceptable and the club should make an example.”
After the match, Bruce revealed that he had held talks with Newcastle about replacing Benitez, but denied that he was close to sealing a move.
“It’s in the hands of the club. For me, at this particular moment, there is nothing really to talk about until the two clubs reach some sort of compromise,” the 58-year-old said.
“Look, it has happened so quickly that I have got to take stock of the situation.
“It’s in the hands of both clubs and we will see what develops over the next 24 to 48 hours.”