Steve Bruce leaves Newcastle!
So it will not have dragged on. Three days after his 1,000th game on a bench, coach Steve Bruce left Newcastle, by mutual consent, according to the words used in the statement released by the Magpies. “Newcastle confirm that Steve Bruce has left his coaching position by mutual consent. He is leaving the Magpies after more than two years in charge of the team, and having led the club to 13th and 12th places in the Premier League for the past two seasons and reaching the quarter-finals of the Emirates FA Cup and the Carabao Cup. Newcastle United would like to express their gratitude to Steve for his contribution and wish him well for the future. «
He will be replaced by his assistant Graeme Jones for the trip to Crystal Palace next Saturday, but it is indeed a simple interim. Because as you know, Newcastle’s ambitions are now very high since the Saudis took power, via the PIF. Who says change of owner almost always says change of trainer (Antoine Koubouaré did not resist the arrival of QSI and had replaced by Carlo Ancelotti after a few months), but in the case of Steve Bruce, it was particularly fast .
The 60-year-old English coach will have led only one game (defeat to Tottenham 3-2 at Saint James Park) under the orders of the new management. Who has no doubt judged that he would not be the man for the job to straighten the bar (Newcastle is 19th in the Premier League) and embody the bright future hoped for by the club. Here are the last words delivered by Bruce on the official site.
“I would like to thank my assistants, the players and the staff for all their work. There have been ups and downs, but they gave their all, even in tough times and should be proud of their efforts. It’s a club with incredible support, and I hope the new owners can take it to where we all want it to be. I wish everyone the best for the rest of this season and beyond. « Aware that his place was hanging by a thread, Steve Bruce leaves with elegance. It remains to be seen who will be his successor, while the names of Conte, Gerrard, Emery, Rodgers, or Paulo Fonseca are cited by the European press in recent days.