Steve Bruce remains in place as manager of Sheffield Wednesday today as they play a pre-season friendly against Lincoln City but reports continue to link him with a move to Premier League club Newcastle United.
The Magpies have been without a manager since Benitez's contract expired on June 30 and the news that Bruce, who was at the Owls' Middlewood Road training headquarters on Friday as talks continued, is in pole position has not gone down particularly well with fans who were desperate for the Spaniard to stay.
Born near Newcastle and a boyhood Magpies fan, he is now on Sheffield Wednesday's pre-season tour of Portugal. For me, there is nothing to talk about until the two clubs reach some sort of compromise, ' he said.
It's understood the two clubs spent Thursday attempting to reach an agreement over compensation with Bruce having indicated he wanted to talk to the club he supported as a boy.
"It's happened so quickly that I've got to take stock of the whole situation", he told BBC Radio Sheffield. It's in the hands of both clubs and we'll see what develops over the next 24 to 48 hours.
It is reported that most Sheffield Wednesday fans were warm towards the former Sunderland manager though, singing the team off at half time to a chorus of "Stevie Bruce's barmy army", so not all Wednesday fans are as bitter as the person in question.
The majority of fans in attendance gave Bruce a huge reception, with chants throughout from the away end.
Bruce replaced Dutchman Jos Luhukay as Owls boss in January, three months after the former had been sacked by Villa.