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    JONJO SHELVEY hailed Eddie Howe’s style as 'a lot more exciting and enjoyable' than playing under Steve Bruce. Rock-bottom Newcastle, in search of their first win, went on the offensive during boss Howe’s first game against Brentford — but eventually drew 3-3. 2Sacked Newcastle manager Steve Bruce and Jonjo ShelveyCredit: Getty 2New Newcastle manager Eddie HoweCredit: Getty And the Toon midfielder, 29, said: “He’s told us to get after the ball and press high up the pitch. “Obviously you don’t want to concede three at home and draw."But it’s a lot more exciting and enjoyable than just sitting back and defending. “For fitness and sharpness, he’s given us an extra five per cent and a rocket up our backsides. “It’s only a matter of time before we get that first win.” Howe watched the Bees clash in isolation after getting Covid last Friday. But he still hopes to be in the dugout at Arsenal tomorrow. He issued midfielder Shelvey a vote of confidence recently. Most read in Premier LeagueLive BlogUNITED LATEST Rangnick 'deal reached' on interim basis, Pochettino permanent...
    STEVE BRUCE has reportedly been offered to his former club Manchester United by his agent. The 60-year-old has been out of a job for a number of weeks after being sacked by Newcastle. 2Bruce was sacked by Newcastle's new owners and replaced with Eddie HoweCredit: GETTY IMAGES 2Bruce was a popular figure at Man Utd during his playing daysCredit: GETTY IMAGES But despite hinting at retiring, the Daily Mail are reporting that Bruce's agent has offered him to Man Utd, who are searching for someone to take charge on an interim basis whilst they search for a more permanent, long-term fix. Villarreal boss Unai Emery - who was being considered as a replacement for Bruce at Newcastle - is also believed to be an option for the Red Devils. But the frontrunners to take over the reigns on an interim basis appear to be former Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde and German football mastermind Ralf Rangnick. Valverde has reportedly held talks with United football director John Murtough over the temporary role. The long-term target looks to be Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio...
    MANCHESTER UNITED legend Peter Schmeichel wants to see Steve Bruce as the interim manager of the club. Schmeichel, 58, also says that he would do anything for Manchester United, including taking the job as manager himself. 3Schmeichel backs Bruce as interim manager at Man UtdCredit: Rex 3Steve Bruce was recently fired from his job as Newcastle United managerCredit: Getty Images - Getty Whilst working as a pundit on CBS Sports, Schmeichel has backed his former team-mate Steve Bruce, 60. The club's ex-goalkeeper said that Bruce would be 'fantastic' for the job. Schmeichel claimed; "I just like the idea, if it is an interim, get somebody who knows the club. Get somebody who is known by the club as well. "Somebody like Steve Bruce, that would be fantastic." He also said: "I would love to have somebody who comes in now to put pressure on the players. "A new voice, get them out there performing. Without making massive changes in style, or system. Most read in Premier LeagueLive BlogGUNNERS LATEST Lacazette contract latest, Renato Sanches interest, Stoica transferLive BlogUNITED LATEST Pochettino...
    MANCHESTER UNITED face a frustrating task replacing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and are likely to end up appointing an interim manager. The Norwegian, 48, was sacked on Sunday morning just hours after the 4-1 mauling against Watford. 1 Michael Carrick was swiftly named his short-term replacement with Mauricio Pochettino and Zinedine Zidane the favourites to take the job permanently. Pochettino is currently in charge of Paris Saint-Germain, with Zidane potentially replacing him at the Parc des Princes should the ex-Tottenham man head to Old Trafford. However, it's unlikely United land their man before the summer. And that means they are likely to hunt for another interim manager to steady the ship until the end of the 2021-22 campaign. Club legend and recently-sacked former Newcastle boss Steve Bruce is one name to have been thrown into the mix. Another ex-United defender, Laurent Blanc - currently in charge of Qatari side Al-Rayyan - has also been tipped to take over, with ex-RB Leipzig chief Ralf Rangnick, now head of sports and development at Lokomotiv Moscow in the frame. Most read in Premier LeagueLive...
    MANCHESTER UNITED could turn to former captain Steve Bruce as interim manager at Old Trafford. The axed Newcastle boss is reported to be 'very keen' on taking on the job. 2Bruce spent the last two years at Newcastle before being sacked in OctoberCredit: Getty Images - Getty 2Bruce (R) won three Premier league titles with United as a playerCredit: Getty Bruce, 60, reckons he can 'stabilise the dressing room' at Old Trafford, according to The Athletic. The ex-centre-back played over 300 times for Manchester United between 1987 and 1996. And now the T20 Cricket World Cup - where Bruce was spotted cheering on England - has finished, he is eager to get back into management. It would be a risk appointing a former player, but unlike Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Bruce boasts vast experience in management. The ex-Sunderland and Aston Villa boss also knows the ins-and-outs of the club following his decade-long spell in Manchester as a player. He is a surprise potential candidate for the interim role before a long-term successor is appointed after...
    MANCHESTER UNITED should consider appointing Steve Bruce to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, according to Sol Campbell's bombshell claim. The Red Devils are on the hunt for a new manager after sacking the Norwegian on Sunday morning. 2Steve Bruce should be in the running to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, according to Sol CampbellCredit: Reuters 2The former Arsenal and England man reckons Bruce could do a job until the end of the seasonCredit: Times Newspapers Ltd His dismissal came the morning after his side were dismantled 4-1 at Watford. And former Arsenal and England defender Campbell reckons Bruce could be the solution until the end of the season. The former Macclesfield and Southend chief, 47, told Premier League Productions: "I think it's a sticky situation really. "Do they stick or move? If they move it's costing a lot of money. "To move Ole on and to bring someone in, it's a lot of money. "I know they've got a lot of money to spend but you've got to look at the books and you've got to look at where they are....
    NEWCASTLE head of recruitment Steve Nickson is staying in the Toon revolution. Boss Eddie Howe wants to shake up the staff but Nickson looks set to remain in his post. 2Steve Nickson will remain at St James' ParkCredit: https://www.nufc.co.uk/ 2With Liverpool transfer guru Edwards also a target for the ToonCredit: PA:Press Association Nickson was hugely influential under Steve Bruce and although they clashed on a couple of targets, the former boss often lost. And, despite a possible new director of football being appointed, it seems sure he will carry on. Liverpool’s Michael Edwards is a dream target on Newcastle's shortlist but has other interest. Adviser Frank McParland may be ruled out as he has links to Phil Foden’s agents. Meanwhile former Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo is confident that he will be named as Toon sporting director. Emenalo was credited for star signings Kevin De Bruyne, Mohamed Salah, N’Golo Kante and Eden Hazard at Stamford Bridge. Most read in Premier LeagueLive BlogFOOTY LIVE Dani Alves to Barca DONE, Norwich to offer Dean Smith job...
    RAFA BENITEZ has been installed as favourite to replace Steve Bruce at Newcastle, according to the bookies. The Spanish tactician is leading the betting to be appointed Newcastle’s next permanent manager, priced at 7/2 to with bookmakers Betfair. 2 Rafael Benitez is favourite to replace Steve Bruce as Newcastle manager *BETFAIR NEW CUSTOMER OFFER: BET £5 GET £20* Benitez spent three years at St. James’ Park and helped the club achieve promotion from the Championship during the 2016-17 campaign. However, the 60-year-old left for Chinese Super League side Dalian Professional after a long-running dispute with owner Mike Ashley. But with just 12 months remaining on his bumper contract in China, there’s growing speculation that Rafa could return to Europe. Former Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is next in the betting at 9/2. Newcastle next permanent manager odds – Betfair Rafael Benitez – 7/2 Eddie Howe – 9/2 Mauricio Pochettino – 5/1 Steve Cooper – 15/2 Jose Mourinho – 9/1 Alan Shearer – 9/1 Laurent Blanc – 10/1 BETFAIR NEW CUSTOMER OFFER: BET £5 GET £20* Commercial content notice: Taking...
    STEVE BRUCE has been spotted cheering on the England cricket team once again as he enjoys an extended break in Dubai. England were taking on New Zealand in the semi-final of the T20 World Cup. 3Alex Bruce and Steve Bruce at the Australia gameCredit: Instagram @4alexbruce 3Bruce was snapped in attendance at England vs New Zealand And Bruce, 60, has offered his support to the team throughout the campaign. He attended the thumping of Australia with son Alex earlier in the campaign, courtesy of tickets given to them by Jonny Bairstow. Bruce has been unwinding since his 27-month spell at Newcastle came to an end in October. He was in charge for just one match under the new Saudi owners - the 3-2 home defeat to Tottenham. And the Toon have been busy searching for his replacement, finally settling on Eddie Howe this week. The new boss has looked to stamp his mark on the club immediately. Most read in Premier LeagueLive BlogFOOTY LIVE Declan Rice transfer EXCLUSIVE, Frank Lampard FAVOURITE for Norwich job,UNITED LATEST Paul Pogba out for TWO...
    Supermac IS BACK at his beloved Newcastle thanks to the new Saudi owners. Malcolm Macdonald has been welcomed with open arms by Amanda Staveley and the United board. 2Newcastle legend Malcolm Macdonald is set for a return to the club in an ambassadorial roleCredit: Hulton Archive - Getty 2The St James' Park icon was banned four times by Mike Ashley and Steve BruceCredit: Getty An excited Macdonald is revelling in the new positive atmosphere surrounding St James’ Park after years of negativity. And the former England and Arsenal star believes the arrival of new head coach Eddie Howe has lifted the club anticipating an 'amazing journey' for the Geordies over the next decade. Toon goalscoring legend Macdonald scored 95 goals in 187 appearances for the Magpies. But he was barred FOUR times from the club by previous owner Mike Ashley and former manager Steve Bruce. Now he’s back in favour with the new regime and is negotiating an ambassadorial role on match days. Local newspaper columnist Macdonald, 71, said: “Bruce fell out with all the United supporters early on and...
    STEVE BRUCE was spotted for the first time since his Newcastle sacking in the most unlikely of places. The former Toon boss enjoyed a day at the cricket in Dubai as he watched England batter Australia. 4Steve Bruce looked happy and relaxed as he watched cricket with son Alex in DubaiCredit: Instagram @4alexbruce 4He was sacked by Newcastle earlier this monthCredit: Getty Images - Getty Bruce was axed by Newcastle's new owners earlier this month after the club's £300m Saudi takeover. And the 60-year-old has jetted off to the Middle East to relax after his latest managerial position came to an end. His son Alex, who plays for Macclesfield, posted a picture of the pair watching the cricket in Dubai. And the caption read: "What a great day, dad and lad’s day out. Well done England and thanks for the tickets Jonny Bairstow." The Bruces had a happy evening as well as England romped to victory over rivals Australia at the T20 World Cup. Jos Buttler hammered 71 not out from just 32 balls - including five sixes - as...
    STEVE BRUCE was spotted for the first time since his Newcastle sacking in the most unlikely of places. The former Toon boss enjoyed a day out at the cricket in Dubai as he watched England batter Australia. 4Steve Bruce looked happy and relaxed as he watched cricket with son Alex in DubaiCredit: Instagram @4alexbruce 4He was sacked by Newcastle earlier this monthCredit: Getty Images - Getty Bruce was axed by Newcastle's new owners earlier this month after the club's £300m Saudi takeover. And the 60-year-old has jetted off to the Middle East to relax after his latest managerial position came to an end. His son Alex, who plays for Macclesfield, posted a picture of the pair watching the cricket in Dubai. And the caption read: "What a great day, dad and lad’s day out. Well done England and thanks for the tickets Jonny Bairstow." The Bruces had a happy evening as well as England romped to victory over rivals Australia at the T20 World Cup. Jos Buttler hammered 71 not out from just 32 balls - including five sixes -...
    GRAEME JONES cancelled Newcastle’s regular days off enjoyed under Steve Bruce with all-conquering Chelsea coming to Toon. Whereas Newcastle’s interim boss had them in Monday to Friday, fans were furious at the amount of time Bruce gave the players off. 1Jones is hoping to leave the squad in good shape for the next bossCredit: GETTY IMAGES Jones has left no stone unturned before facing the high-flying Blues after a point at Crystal Palace last weekend. The Geordie remains in the dark over whether he will be in charge against Brighton next Saturday, though he has been assured of a role under the new manager. Lucien Favre remains the favourite to replace Bruce, with the Saudi chiefs and co-owner Amanda Staveley also keen on Roberto Martinez and Unai Emery. But with points desperately needed before any arrival, Jones reckons it was a no-brainer to scrap the squad’s down time. More time on the training pitch leads to better performances, says the interim boss. He said: "These are hard-working boys here, very professional, they have responded well to being in for five...
    RAFA BENITEZ is Newcastle's 'dream' successor to Steve Bruce. But the Spaniard will be difficult to prise from Everton. 2Rafael Benitez watched his side lose 5-2 to Watford last time outCredit: AFP Benitez, 61, left St James' Park in 2019 after becoming fed up of working under Mike Ashley. He next managed Dalian Professional in China, before returning to the Premier League at Goodison Park in the summer. His appointment was met with fury by loyal Evertonians, who were against hiring a former Liverpool manager. But owner Farhad Moshiri ignored the concerns of supporters and hired his man anyway. According to DiMarzio, who spoke to Mybettingsites.co.uk, it is 'really difficult' for Benitez to leave Everton now. The Toon have spoken to former Roma boss Paulo Fonseca, with chiefs including Amanda Staveley interviewing the Portuguese on Zoom last Wednesday. Most read in Premier LeagueLive BlogUNITED LATEST United draw up four-man shortlist EXCLUSIVE, Rodgers and Zidane eyedGossipTAKING FIVE Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 'will become Norway boss after getting Man Utd sack'RevealedCONT US OUT Why Man Utd rejected appointing Conte as new boss in...
    PAULO FONSECA is set to be appointed Newcastle boss after Frank Lampard pulled out of the running, according to reports. The former Roma manager, 48, is itching for a Premier League move after narrowly missing out on the Tottenham job in the summer. 2Paulo Fonseca is set to be appointed Newcastle's new bossCredit: AP 2Frank Lampard has pulled out of the runningCredit: PA Newcastle are on the hunt for a new boss after sacking Steve Bruce earlier this week. According to the Mirror, the path has now cleared for Fonseca to land the position. They claim that the Portuguese is a favourite of Amanda Staveley, who is poised to offer him a £6m-a-year contract at St James' Park. Fellow shareholder Jamie Reuben, however, preferred former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard. The 43-year-old is available, having been out of work since being axed at Stamford Bridge in January. But he has pulled out of the running amid concerns over the club's perilous position in a relegation battle. Most read in Premier LeagueLive BlogUNITED LATEST Bruno EXCLUSIVE, Olmo transfer interest, Schmeichel backs Solskjaer...
    GRAEME JONES will take charge of Newcastle’s next two games as the new owners take their time to find a new manager. The Magpies’ interim boss will be in the dug-out tomorrow at Crystal Palace and next week at home to Chelsea after Steve Bruce’s sacking. 2Graeme Jones, Newcastle's stand-in boss after Steve Bruce's axing, will be in charge for the first time at Crystal Palace on SaturdayCredit: Reuters 2Ex-Roma manager is strongly tipped for the Toon job and has already been interviewed but the club's new Saudi owners will talk to other candidatesCredit: Getty The former Luton manager is a boyhood Toon fan and arrived in January as Newcastle flirted with relegation. They are winless after eight games so far this season, with Jones on a mission to propel them up the table before a permanent gaffer is found. Paulo Fonseca held talks with the club on Wednesday but they plan to speak to a number of other candidates before making a final decision. And Jones said: “I spoke to the owners on Wednesday morning, and they asked me...
    MIKEL ARTETA is demanding football changes its ways after being sickened by Steve Bruce's revelations of personal abuse. The Arsenal chief wants everyone in the sport to "reflect" after sacked Newcastle counterpart Bruce explained how his family life suffered from vitriol over the years. 2Mikel Arteta can't believe someone as experienced as Steve Bruce suffered so much and for so long from abuse, as fans took opinion too farCredit: Getty 2Steve bruce says the criticism he faced as Newcastle chief was relentlessCredit: Getty Images - Getty But Arteta declined to blame fans, instead pointing a finger at the culture of football and society as a whole. The Magpies' mega-rich new owners axed Bruce when his 1000th match as a manager opened their reign with Sunday's 3-2 home defeat against Tottenham. And Bruce said: “By the time I got to Newcastle, 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...
    FORMER EVERTON boss Roberto Martinez is interested in returning to the Premier League to manage Newcastle, according to reports. Should the Spaniard return to England to manage the Magpies, he'd be reunited with ex-Belgium assistant Graeme Jones. 1Martinez is reportedly interested in becoming Newcastle managerCredit: GETTY IMAGES According to The Guardian, Belgium boss Martinez is open to replacing Steve Bruce - who was sacked yesterday - as Newcastle manager. But there's a host of names being looked at, including former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard. Rangers boss Steven Gerrard is also being linked with a move to Newcastle. Former Borussia Dortmund manager Lucien Favre is also one of the names in the running for the job. Favre almost came to the Premier League in the summer to manage Crystal Palace. Paulo Fonseca - who was the frontrunner for the Tottenham job in the summer before the plug was pulled on the deal - has emerged as one of the favourites for the job. Most read in Premier LeagueLive BlogFOOTIE NEWS Steve Bruce 'nicknamed Mike Bassett by players',...
    SO IT looks like 1,000 and out for the Geordie loathed in his home town. Steve Bruce has gone, the Toon Army are cracking the cans open again and the new era FINALLY has lift-off. 5Steve Bruce was sacked by Newcastle on Wednesday after more than two years in chargeCredit: Richard Pelham / The Sun 5Magpies supporters never took to Geordie Bruce, who managed the club's rivals SunderlandCredit: Getty But if it took just shy of a fortnight to make the easiest decision of all, what does the future hold? The road ahead appears to be paved with Saudi gold, and maybe even silverware, but there is a long way to go before that. Newcastle have no manager, chief executive or director of football.  Portuguese gaffer Paulo Fonseca is the frontrunner for the manager’s job and talks have been held. Ex-Luton boss Graeme Jones is in temporary charge. But as different members of the consortium put in their tuppence worth there is already a danger of too many cooks spoiling the Tyneside broth. The home fans will not give a damn right...
    NEWCASTLE stars were put through their paces in training today by interim boss Graeme Jones. The former Luton Town manager is in the hotseat after the club's new Saudi owners sacked Steve Bruce. 8Graeme Jones took control of Newcastle's training sessionCredit: Getty 8Some Newcastle players may get a second chance now with Steve Bruce goneCredit: Getty 8Sean Longstaff decided to have a bit of fun during the sessionCredit: Getty After taking charge of his 1,000th game in management against Tottenham at the weekend, a 3-2 defeat sealed his fate. And Jones, who Bruce brought to the club as his assistant in January, is the man tasked with trying to turn the club's fortunes around. He was in charge of today's training session - but he could soon be welcoming a new gaffer to St James' Park. Paulo Fonseca is odds-on favourite for the Newcastle job after the departure of Bruce, according to Sky Bet. Bruce, who guided the club to 13th and 12th-place finishes in the Premier League, thanked the club in his parting message. He said: "I am grateful...
    NEWCASTLE fans finally got their wish with Steve Bruce given the boot. His sacking comes after a dismal run of results, and more significantly, an ambitious Saudi takeover that is planning to completely overhaul the club. 9Steve Bruce was sacked by Newcastle after a run of dismal resultsCredit: Getty 9The ex Man Utd captain has always been a loveable figure in the gameCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd The fans will be delighted after voicing their unhappiness in the stands at St James' Park for the past year. But, whatever they say about the ex-Man Utd star, you can't help but love some of the things he's done, even if you don't agree with some of his decisions in running the football club. From hosting the worst house party EVER to writing Agatha Christie style mystery novels revolving around the beautiful game, here's seven reasons why he's loveable. RUBBISH PARTY In 1993, Manchester United ended a 26-year run without a title by lifting the Premier League without playing a game. Once Oldham beat title rivals Aston Villa, Bruce rallied the troops...
    ALAN SHEARER and Allan Saint-Maximin have thanked Steve Bruce for his efforts as Newcastle United manager. Bruce, 60, was sacked today by the Toon's controversial new Saudi owners. 3Allan Saint-Maximin paid tribute to his former bossCredit: Getty 3Alan Shearer thanked Bruce for his hard workCredit: PA Following his exit, the former Aston Villa and Sunderland boss admitted that the strain of the job had 'taken its toll' on his family. But since being axed, he has received words of high praise from Newcastle's biggest stars past and present. Shearer, 51, tweeted: "I know how tough it was for any manager at Newcastle for the last 14 years. "I also know how badly Steve & his family wanted it to work. "In difficult circumstances for everybody, he kept #NUFC up for two seasons. "It’s a new era now, but thank you, Steve, for your effort & commitment." Most read in Premier LeagueLive BlogFOOTIE NEWS Bruce SACKED by Newcastle, Toon line up Howe, Fonseca or FavreLive BlogUNITED LATEST Rashford camp 'upset' by Solskjaer 'stick to football' comments - latestLive BlogCLUB...
    NEWCASTLE are back in talks with Paulo Fonseca about their vacant manager job, SunSport understands. Steve Bruce was finally sacked by the Magpies on Wednesday morning and the Toon are already on the hunt for a new boss. 1Newcastle are in talks with Paulo Fonseca about taking over as managerCredit: Rex Club chiefs have wasted no time and are already talking to former Shakhtar Donetsk and Roma boss Fonseca. The Portuguese has been out of work since leaving Roma at the end of last season but he did come close to taking over at Tottenham in the summer. He is said to be an interesting option for Toon due to his attacking style of play. Fonseca also has a proven track record of success, winning the league and cup double three years in a row with Shakhtar Donetsk. Bruce will pocket an £8million pay-off having been relieved of his duties. The 60-year-old's job had been hanging in the balance ever since the Magpies were bought for £305million by Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund. Most read in Premier LeagueLive BlogUNITED LATEST Rashford camp 'upset' by...
    So it looks like 1,000 and out for the Geordie loathed in his home town. Despite an £8million pay-off, Steve Bruce will need a lengthy break to recover from this chastening 27-month spell at Newcastle. 5Steve Bruce has been sacked as Newcastle manager following the £300million takeoverCredit: Getty Images - Getty Having FINALLY been put out of his misery yesterday morning, Bruce didn’t rule out a return to the dug-out. But aged 60 and set for life, does he really need the aggro anymore? He said it was hard “to read people constantly saying I would fail, that I was useless, a fat waste of space, a stupid, tactically inept cabbage-head. And it was from day one.” Given the relentless flak he received, it’s hard not to have sympathy for Bruce on a personal level. On a professional level, however, you only had to watch his side on a regular basis to understand where that anger came from. Following Sir Bobby Robson’s departure in 2004, the then-Birmingham City manager turned down his “dream job”. FREE BETS: GET OVER £2,000 IN...
    The 25 best whodunit films What Are the Best Countries for Pensions? © Provided by NBC Sports Replay Video SETTINGS OFF HD HQ SD LO Skip Ad Steve Bruce is out as Newcastle United manager, as the clubs new owners have confirmed the English coach has left by ‘mutual consent’ after a turbulent tenure at St James’ Park. [ MORE: How to watch Premier League in USA ]  Bruce, 60, was appointed by previous owner Mike Ashley in 2019 and steered Newcastle to 13th and 12th place finishes in his two full seasons in charge. However, Bruce was often criticized by the Newcastle fans for his defensive tactics and he was seen as a close ally with Ashley. Bruce leaves Newcastle in 19th place in the Premier League table and without a win through their opening eight games this season. Here is the statement from Newcastle, who confirmed that Graeme Jones will step up and become the interim boss for their game at Crystal Palace on Saturday (watch live, 10am ET on Peacock Premium). Latest Premier League news Jurgen...
    STEVE Bruce hits out at Toon fans and reveals he never felt wanted at Newcastle amid constant criticism and abuse. When his sacking was announced, Bruce, 60, revealed in an interview with The Telegraph that the relentless abuse from Newcastle fans had taken its toll. 2Bruce has been sacked as Newcastle manager after just over two years at the clubCredit: AFP He said: “By the time I got to Newcastle, 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.  “When we were doing ok results wise, it was ‘yeah but the style of football is rubbish’ or I was just ‘lucky.’ It was ridiculous and persistent, even when the results were good. “The best one was to be told we were a relegation team in all but points…this was...
    STEVE BRUCE has admitted that he could retire aged 60 after the strain the Newcastle job put on his family. The former Aston Villa and Sunderland boss was sacked by the Toon's new Saudi owners today after they watched Sunday's 3-2 defeat to Tottenham. 3Steve Bruce has been sacked by NewcastleCredit: PA 3Bruce, 60, doesn't want to put strain on wife JanetCredit: Sportsfile - Subscription Bruce was unpopular with Newcastle fans, having managed their arch rivals and succeeded Magpies favourite Rafa Benitez. Speaking after his sacking, he told The Telegraph: "I think this might be my last job. It’s not just about me; it’s taken its toll on my whole family because they are all Geordies and I can’t ignore that. "They have been worried about me… especially my wife Jan. "I’m 60-years-old and I don’t know if I want to put her through it again. "We’ve got a good life so, yeah, this will probably be me done as a manager - until I get a phone call from a chairman somewhere asking if I can give them...
    STEVE BRUCE has admitted that he could retire aged 60 after the strain the Newcastle job put on his family. The former Aston Villa and Sunderland boss was sacked by the Toon’s new Saudi owners today after they watched Sunday’s 3-2 defeat to Tottenham. PA 1 Steve Bruce has been sacked by Newcastle Bruce was unpopular with Newcastle fans, having managed their arch rivals and succeeded Magpies favourite Rafa Benitez. Speaking after his sacking, he told The Telegraph: “I think this might be my last job. It’s not just about me; it’s taken its toll on my whole family because they are all Geordies and I can’t ignore that. “They have been worried about me… especially my wife Jan. “I’m 60-years-old and I don’t know if I want to put her through it again. “We’ve got a good life so, yeah, this will probably be me done as a manager – until I get a phone call from a chairman somewhere asking if I can give them a hand. Never say never, I’ve learnt that. “By the time...
    (CNN)Manager Steve Bruce has left Newcastle United by mutual consent just 13 days after the Saudi Arabia-backed takeover of the Premier League club. More to come...
    NEWCASTLE, England (AP) — Newcastle parted ways with manager Steve Bruce on Tuesday as its Saudi ownership began reshaping the team two weeks after buying the Premier League club. The decision is the first big call by the Saudi sovereign wealth fund that took control of the northeast English club, which is in the relegation zone eight matches into the season. Newcastle said Bruce left by “mutual consent” after being in charge since July 2019. Fans were chanting for his firing during Sunday’s 3-2 loss to Tottenham. “I am grateful to everyone connected with Newcastle United for the opportunity to manage this unique football club,” Bruce said in a statement. “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. “This is a club with incredible support, and I hope the new owners can take it forward to where we all want it to be. I wish...
    STEVE BRUCE has been sacked by Newcastle after the club's £305million Saudi takeover. The 60-year-old's job has been hanging in the balance ever since the Magpies were bought. 5Steve Bruce's reign in charge of Newcastle is over 5 5Bruce was sacked after his 1,000th game as a manager - the 3-2 defeat to Spurs on SundayCredit: EPA 5Amanda Stavely and husband Mehrdad Ghodoussi were in the stands to watch that gameCredit: EPA And Bruce's exit was confirmed by the club after two seasons in charge as they look to go in a different direction. Graeme Jones will take charge of Newcastle for their trip to Crystal Palace on Saturday. It is believed Bruce will receive around £8m in compensation after his axe. His sacking comes after Newcastle were beaten 3-2 by Tottenham at St James' Park on Sunday in front of Amanda Staveley and Mehrdad Ghodoussi. Callum Wilson had scored early to jubilant scenes on Tyneside but Spurs were 3-1 up by half-time following a lengthy stoppage after a fan was taken ill. Bruce managed his 1,000th game as boss...
    JAVIER MANQUILLO dreams of Newcastle signing Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland as he insists the Toon are unfazed by becoming 'hated'. The Magpies' right-back charitably adds Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to the list of newcomers he'd accept at newly-rich St James' Park. 2Cristiano Ronaldo is among elite stars Newcastle defender Javier Manquillo readily admits he'd love to see the newly-rich Magpies signCredit: Getty 2Javier Manquillo says the Newcastle squad are unfazed by any 'hatred' they'll faceCredit: Getty And although the Spaniard knows "Gerrard and Lampard" have been mentioned for the manager's job, he insists the Newcastle squad support current boss Steve Bruce "without hesitation". Newcastle are tipped to splash out in the next two transfer windows following their £305million Saudi-led takeover. But Manquillo claims nothing will stop the present players "enjoying" the club's financial transformation. The 27-year-old told The Telegraph:  “I understand that this operation will arouse antipathy or hatred. “But we are not going to stop enjoying this period because of this.” "If you ask me who I’d sign for Newcastle, I’d go for Mbappe and I’d go for Haaland.  "If...
    MANCHESTER United legend Wayne Rooney is said to be keen on taking over as manager at Newcastle. Current boss Steve Bruce is the overwhelming favourite to be the next Prem manager sacked, with Rooney understood to be willing to replace him. 3Rooney's Derby stayed up on the last day of the Championship season last campaignCredit: Getty 3If Rooney did leave Derby he's rumoured to want to bring Given with himCredit: Getty 3Bruce is strongly tipped to be heading for the exit door at St James' ParkCredit: Reuters According to the Chronicle Live, 35-year-old Rooney is ready to leave Derby and take over the reigns at St. James' Park. But it is claimed a potential switch to the North-East would only be on a short-term basis - if Bruce were to be axed from the club. With Derby in financial turmoil Rooney could be tempted to ditch his role as Rams boss. The club are currently in administration and rock bottom of the Championship after a 12-point deduction. If Rooney did relocate to the North-East, it is...
    EDDIE HOWE is in talks to become the Newcastle boss as Steve Bruce faces the sack in new Saudi owners shake-up following £300m takeover. Howe, 43, is reportedly in discussions to take over at St. James' Park with current boss Bruce facing the sack following the club's poor start to the season. 2Eddie Howe is reportedly in talks to take over as Newcastle bossCredit: PA The Magpies are currently 19th in the league, having failed to win any of their opening eight games and losing five, including Sunday's 3-2 loss to Spurs. But the club's new owners want them to be challenging for silverware in the near future and reportedly believe that Howe is the right man for the job. Howe took Bournemouth from League One to the Premier League in just three seasons and kept them up for four years, until they were finally relegated in 2019-20. It was thought that Newcastle were lining up former Arsenal boss Unai Emery to take over from Bruce, with Rangers' Steven Gerrard and Belgium's Roberto Martinez also options. But Howe,...
    A REPLACEMENT for Steve Bruce may not be decided on yet - but Newcastle’s owners will already be working out who can last the pace of change. Beyond the first ten minutes, Newcastle were abysmal against Tottenham on Sunday - with the 3-2 scoreline even flattering the Magpies. 5Newcastle's new owners are plotting a transfer overhaul in January - and multiple establishes stars could be axedCredit: EPA Nobody came out with much credit - but while Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin are here to stay - others should be getting worried. The January transfer window cannot come round soon enough to breathe some new life into this sinking Toon squad. SunSport picks four players who could struggle most to convince their bosses they should stick around. JONJO SHELVEY 5Jonjo Shelvey was already on borrowed time before the 3-2 loss against Spurs and is almost certain to lose his placeCredit: Rex If this was a chance to impress the new regime, the petulant midfielder failed spectacularly. Shelvey was already on borrowed time before Sunday - even if he was undroppable when fit...
    GARY NEVILLE has accused Newcastle’s new Saudi Arabian owners of “employment abuse” for not clarifying Steve Bruce’s position as manager. The under-fire Toon boss has been expecting the sack ever since the Saudi Public Investment Fund bought Newcastle for £300million from Mike Ashley alongside Amanda Staveley and the Reuben brothers on October 7. 2Steve Bruce is expecting to be sacked but Newcastle's new owners are dragging their feetCredit: Reuters 2Gary Neville was critical of the new Newcastle owners' treatment of Steve BruceCredit: Sky Sports Bruce called for his new bosses to sort out his future after Sunday’s 3-2 defeat to Tottenham left Newcastle winless after eight games. Neville’s colleague Jamie Carragher blasted the owners' “really poor” first week for their handling of the Geordie’s situation. And on Monday Night Football, the Salford City chief said: “I was sacked as a manager – it happens. I’ve sacked managers. “It’s not a nice thing to do, but you do it, you pay them up, you know they’re in a difficult job, they respect you for that, you respect them for that. “This...
    NEWCASTLE boss Steve Bruce has asked for "clarity" on his position after seeing his side fall to a 3-2 defeat at home to Spurs. There was a joyous atmosphere before the game on Sunday, as Magpies fans were in celebratory mode for the first game after their sensational Saudi takeover. 2Steve Bruce has asked for 'clarity' on his position as Newcastle boss from the club's new ownersCredit: AFP However, things don't go according to the script as Spurs spoiled the party by claiming the win. Bruce, 60, was already under pressure - with fans calling for his head following a dismal run. The likes of Antonio Conte, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, Zinedine Zidane and Paulo Fonseca have all been linked with the Newcastle job. And there will be increasing speculation about Bruce's position, with the latest loss extending that streak to eight games without a win. Speaking to Sky Sports after the game about the rumours, Bruce said: "That's for other people to decide, if I was reading everything I might not have been here today, but my job is...
    PAULO FONSECA is one of the favourites to succeed Steve Bruce as Newcastle manager, according to reports. Bruce, 60, has been under growing pressure since the Saudi-led consortium completed their takeover of the club last week. 2Paulo Fonseca has emerged as a candidate to replace Steve Bruce 2Bruce is under increasing pressure as Newcastle boss There has been considerable speculation about his future and possible replacements, with some managers such as Steven Gerrard and Brendan Rodgers distancing themselves from the job. But Fonseca is thought to be one of the leading candidates to become Newcastle boss, according to ESPN. The Portuguese has been out of work since leaving Roma at the end of last season but he did come close to taking over at Tottenham in the summer. He is said to be an interesting option for Toon due to his attacking style of play. Fonseca also has a proven track record of success, winning the league and cup double three years in a row with Shakhtar Donetsk. But the 48-year-old could face a battle for the Newcastle manager's job....
    STEVE BRUCE is hell-bent on convincing Newcastle's new owners that he is the right man to take them forward - despite admitting he's only spoken to them for 10 MINUTES. Despite speculation that he will be sacked after the £300million Saudi-led takeover, the Toon boss will take charge of his 1,000th game as manager on Sunday against Tottenham. 2Steve Bruce is determined to prove he's the man for NewcastleCredit: Reuters 2Amanda Staveley confirmed that Bruce will remain in charge this weekend against TottenhamCredit: Getty Part-owner Amanda Staveley released a statement around 40 minutes before the Bruce's press conference, confirming he WILL be in the dugout. Asked whether he hopes to remain long-term, he said: “I’ll have a crack. I’ll try my utmost and if they see fit, great. “I’m not going to give up hope. The way it is, the way it looks in the future, who wouldn’t want the opportunity to manage Newcastle? Certainly I would, and I’m sure hundreds of others would. “Any manager would love this opportunity to be sitting in my seat, and I’ll make a...
    STEVE BRUCE will reportedly not get sacked before the weekend - but Newcastle's new Saudi owners are looking for a replacement. The long-suffering Toon Army supporters were celebrating last week after Mike Ashley miserable reign in charge was ended following the £300m takeover. 1Steve Bruce won't be sacked by Newcastle before the weekendCredit: Reuters Fans were desperate to see the back of boss Bruce, 60, as well as a whopping 95 per cent voted that they wanted him gone. Speculation has been mounting since the takeover was completed that a change in the dug-out would occur before they welcome Tottenham to St James' Park on Sunday. However, the veteran is set to celebrate his 1000th match as a manager in charge of his hometown team. That is according to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, who states the new board are working on bringing in a new man. But they want to be '100 per cent sure' on his replacement before making a change. More to follow... Most read in Premier LeagueLive BlogGUNNERS LATEST Lacazette 'REFUSING new deal', Oxlade-Chamberlain transfer EXCLUSIVELive BlogUNITED...
    STEVE BRUCE once had his mobile phone smashed by Sir Alex Ferguson after a phone call from his SICK WIFE interrupted his half-time team talk. The ex-Manchester United centre-back was on the receiving end of one of the Scotsman's dressing room rants during a clash from the 1990s. 2Steve Bruce won three Premier League titles for Manchester United under Sir Alex FergusonCredit: Rex Features Former Red Devils full-back Paul Parker has revealed how Fergie was left scathing with his players following a poor first half showing. And he was then sent into a fit of anger after Bruce's phone went off mid-rant - leaving the United squad with their hearts in their mouths. Recalling the incident, Parker told the Mirror: "I’ll never forget the time Alex ended up smashing Steve’s mobile phone, which happened to go off at half-time leaving the manager in a rage. "Steve had left his phone on because his wife Janet was in hospital with a back problem and he was waiting for an update on how she was doing. “The first half of a game...
    BRENDAN RODGERS will not quit Leicester for Newcastle if Steve Bruce is sacked by the club's new Saudi owners. The 48-year-old left Celtic in 2019 to join the Foxes and has enjoyed a successful time in the Midlands. 2Boss Rodgers is thought to be happy at LeicesterCredit: Getty 2Bruce has been heavily linked with the sack since the new owners took over last weekCredit: Reuters He has steered Leicester to successive top six finishes in the Premier League and also led them to FA Cup glory last season. But, amid constant speculation surrounding the future of Bruce, Rodgers has been tipped as one of the frontrunners to replace him. However, it is now being reported that Rodgers will not show any interest in the Newcastle vacancy should it come about. The Telegraph journalist John Percy said: "Brendan Rodgers will not be leaving Leicester for Newcastle if/when Steve Bruce is sacked. "No interest in the job and fully committed to Leicester." Newcastle, who are now the richest club in the world after being taken over by Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund,...
    NEWCASTLE should stick with Steve Bruce rather than sacking him after the club's takeover. Bruce's future is under threat but Danny Murphy insists the manager is the right man for the job. 2Steve Bruce is expected to be axed by Newcastle's new ownersCredit: Getty 2Bruce is unpopular with fans and faces a struggle to keep his jobCredit: Reuters The Premier League club's takeover has sparked euphoria from fans after the end of the Mike Ashley era. Supporters want Bruce to be dismissed but Murphy has warned this may not be the best short-term option for struggling Newcastle. Murphy told talkSPORT: "You’ve got to be careful not to try and run before you can walk. The situation Newcastle are in now is precarious. “They’ve got a manager in charge at the moment who has been there and done it in the lower echelons of the Premier League and dealt with that scenario before – even at Newcastle. “Is there somebody out there who they can bring in who is going to be more equipped than Steve Bruce? That is...
    NEWCASTLE could turn to Frank Lampard to lead them into a new era following their £300million takeover. Steve Bruce is set to be sacked in the coming days and is clinging to his job following talks with part-owner Amanda Staveley. 2 But former Chelsea and Derby boss Lampard is a leading contender for the job, as revealed by SunSport earlier this week. And should the Stamford Bridge legend take over the reins, he could bring a few familiar faces with him. Newcastle will be able to spend up to £200m in January without breaching FFP rules, according to reports. While the Toon are likely spend considerably less - estimated at around £30m - that number could increase should the right targets become available and if Newcastle slip deeper into a relegation battle. Newcastle have already been linked with dozens of big names, including FIVE Serie A stars and four Manchester United outcasts. But Lampard could start by looking to two old Chelsea stars - Christian Pulisic and Fikayo Tomori. MOST WANTED Laundrie's parents agree to help search as sleuths think...
    FRANK LAMPARD is a leading contender to replace Steve Bruce as Newcastle manager. Bruce met new part-owner Amanda Staveley yesterday for the first time and is still clinging on to his job after talks. 2Frank Lampard, who has been out of work since leaving Chelsea in January, is a leading contender to take over at NewcastleCredit: PA 2Steve Bruce is clinging on to his job at St James' ParkCredit: PA But SunSport understands Lampard is on the shortlist to take the St James’ Park reins, with talks potentially starting as soon as this week. Lamps, 43, has been out of work since he was sacked by the Blues in January and is keen on a return to the dugout. Ex-Borussia Dortmund boss Lucien Favre is the bookies’ favourite to get the job. The German giants axed the Swiss veteran, 63, last December and he is still without a club. Favre rejected Crystal Palace in the summer but would likely be swayed to take over the bottom-half side, with Toon now the world’s wealthiest club. A list of candidates is being...
    NEWCASTLE are suddenly the most ambitious club in the land and will expect to be dining at the top table before long. The Toon's much-needed squad overhaul may be gradual but the new owners will already be making plans, and here SunSport assesses who they should keep - and who should be shown the exit door. 6Saint-Maximin has been the star man in an under-performing Newcastle sideCredit: Getty Who to keep? Allan Saint-Maximin: The French superstar, 24, is contracted until 2026 but warned Newcastle in May that they need to match his ambition... well how’s £320billion for ambition? And there is now substance to go alongside the tricks and electrifying runs, as two goals and three assists from seven games this season shows. A Toon Army hero already, if he is still on Tyneside when the Magpies hope to be challenging for titles then icon status is guaranteed. Probably a good time to ask for a pay rise! 6Wilson has shown he has the quality needed to thrive at the ToonCredit: PA Callum Wilson: At the age...
    STEVE BRUCE’S time as Newcastle manager is set to end this week following the club’s Saudi takeover. Reports suggest Bruce will be replaced by his assistant Graeme Jones ahead of next Sunday’s clash with Tottenham. 1Steve Bruce's Newcastle are yet to win a Premier League this seasonCredit: Reuters That would deny the boyhood Newcastle fan his 1,000th match as a manager. Bruce is set to face the axe after Mike Ashley’s 14-year reign as owner came to an end in a £300 million takeover last week. The Magpies were overnight transformed into the richest club in the world after a Saudi-led consortium finally completed their drawn-out purchase. Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund will own 80 per cent, with the billionaire Reuben brothers and financier Amanda Staveley taking 10 per cent each. A change in manager is top of the agenda for the new owners, with Newcastle sitting 19th in the Premier League with no wins this season. Most read in Premier LeagueLive BlogFOOTIE LIVE Newcastle could appoint Steven Gerrard, Toon set for £200m transfer splurgeLive BlogUNITED LATEST Cristiano Ronaldo scores...
    FORMER Manchester United target Ralf Rangnick could be hired by the new owners of Newcastle but WILL NOT replace manager Steve Bruce, according to reports. The Magpies were taken over by Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund earlier this week in a £300million deal which saw Mike Ashley's 14-year reign come to an end. 2Rangnick could join Newcastle but will not replace Bruce as manager of the clubCredit: Getty 2Bruce is under increasing pressure following the Saudi takeoverCredit: Getty And the change of ownership has brought about even more pressure on manager Bruce who is yet to win a Premier League game so far this season. Rangnick is one name who has been reported, a man who has previously been linked with the role of football director at Man Utd. But Chronicle Live are now reporting that if Rangnick is to join Newcastle then it would be as a sporting director. Asked about the Sporting Director position earlier this week, Amanda Staveley, who now owns 10 per cent of the club, said: "We have thought about sporting directors and Directors of...
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