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Newcastle Manager: Steve Bruce officially sacked

Newcastle United have officially announced they terminated their contract with manager Steve Bruce after “mutual consent”. It was said that the compensation for him was about £8 million and the Magpies was considering the next candidate for this vacancy.
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Newcastle new owners decided to fire Steve Bruce

The official site of Newcastle United FC confirmed on 20th October that: “He (Steve Bruce) leaves the Magpies after more than two years in charge, having steered the club to 13th and 12th-place finishes in the Premier League and reaching the quarter-final stage in both the Emirates FA Cup and Carabao Cup during his tenure. Newcastle Utd would like to place on record its gratitude to Steve for his contribution and wishes him well for the future”. 

 

It was foreseen that Bruce’s position would be threatened shortly after the club takeover of the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund (PIF). Then, the 2-3 defeated game of Newcastle to Tottenham last weekend was the last straw, making the 60-year-old manager lose his job. Bruce was sacked after his 1000th game in his managing career because of bad results of the club in competitions. Moreover, some internal sources released that there were some scuffles inside the club’s locker room after the match, and Bruce was hated by many players. The England manager left the Magpies for £8 million payoff amount, while the process of finding a new head coach for the club has begun. 

 

Bruce had bad games this season

 

Saudi Arabian rich owners intend to appoint a more qualified manager and are willing to invest in Newcastle in the upcoming transfer window. According to English sources, former AS Roma head coach Paulo Fonseca is leading in the list of candidates who can take over Bruce’s position at St James Park. Besides, Lucien Favre, Antonio Conte, Roberto Martinez, Graham Potter, and Steven Gerrard are also in the club’s consideration. 

 

Newcastle leadership also announced that assistant Graeme Jones would temporarily replace Steve Bruce to manage the club. He will lead the team from the next match against Crystal Palace and will be supported by the coaching team of Steve Agnew, Ben Dawson, Stephen Clemence, and Simon Smith.

 

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Steve Bruce’s Share after leaving Newcastle

In his statement confirming his Newcastle departure, Bruce sent his gratefulness to Newcastle for the chance to manage the club. He said: “I would like to thank my coaching team, the players, and the support staff in particular for all their hard work. There have been highs and lows, but they have given everything even in difficult moments and should be proud of their efforts.”

 

The former Newcastle United manager also hoped that the new owners could take it forward to where the club wanted it to be, and then did not forget to send his best wishes to the club for the rest of the season and beyond. 

Steve Bruce left Newcastle

 

In an interview with Daily Telegraph, he shared disappointedly: “I thought I could handle everything thrown at me, but it has been very, very tough. To never really be wanted, to feel that people wanted me to fail, to read people constantly saying I would fail, that I was useless, a fat waste of space, a stupid, tactically inept cabbage head, or whatever. And it was from day one in Newcastle.” The English manager implied that he would retire after leaving the club and spend more time with his family. 

 

This manager change was expected to help Newcastle to improve their position in the Premier League. The Magpies is now being the second-bottom team of the league with no win from the beginning of the season. They will actually need more changes to strengthen their team in the future. 

Reference Sources

  • nufc.co.uk
  • independent.co.uk
Harry Siuu
Written by: Harry Siuu
a specialized football specialist with over ten years' experience as a football journalist who works for Betimate.com.

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