Published: Wed, July 17, 2019
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Newcastle gamble on Bruce as head coach

Newcastle gamble on Bruce as head coach

"Finally coming to terms with the fact Steve Bruce is now our manager, and then beginning to realise that Muto is now our first choice striker". This is my boyhood club and it was my dad's club, so this is a very special moment for me and my family.

A spokesman for The Magpie Group, who organised the protest outside one of Ashley's Sports Direct stores, said: "It's got nothing to do with Steve Bruce, it's a Mike Ashley thing - Mike Ashley has torn this club apart".

His former clubs also include Newcastle's arch rivals Sunderland, as well as Aston Villa, Birmingham, Crystal Palace and Wigan.

The 58-year-old will take over from Rafa Benitez, whose expired deal was not renewed by the club chiefs this summer.

Newcastle skipper Jamaal Lascelles has called for a united front after Steve Bruce was announced as the club's new head coach.


Former Manchester United defender Bruce, who resigned from Championship side Sheffield Wednesday prior to joining Newcastle, said: "I'm delighted and incredibly proud to be appointed as head coach of Newcastle United".

The Scottish captain has noted the less than enthusiastic reaction on Tyneside - and across football generally - to Bruce securing his dream job at Newcastle.

The Premier League Asia Trophy may only be an exhibition event, and the heat and humidity were oppressive, but Newcastle were a clear second best.

A lot of the negativity surrounding Bruce's appointment is linked to Newcastle fans' disappointment at seeing popular Spaniard Rafael Benitez leave the manager's role last month to join Dalian Yifang.

Bruce, who has signed an initial three-year contract, and his staff were already on their way to China when the official announcement was made and are expected to be formally unveiled at a press conference following their return.

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