Steve Bruce leaves Newcastle by mutual consent

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Steve Bruce leaves Newcastle by mutual consent

Newcastle have confirmed manager Steve Bruce has left his position by mutual consent. Bruce’s last game was the 3-2 defeat to Tottenham on Sunday.

The new owners’ desire to replace him as soon as their takeover was confirmed and it became public knowledge as his departure has now been confirmed.

Their statement on Wednesday reads: “Newcastle United can confirm that Steve Bruce has left his position as head coach by mutual consent.

“Newcastle United would like to place on record its gratitude to Steve for his contribution and wishes him well for the future.”

Bruce upon his appointment helped the club retain their status as a Premier League club during a turbulent time with mainly subpar players.

He added: “I am grateful to everyone connected with Newcastle United for the opportunity to manage this unique football club.

“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 everyone the very best of luck for the rest of this season and beyond.”

The Magpies confirmed Graeme Jones will take charge of the squad on an interim basis, supported by coaches Steve Agnew, Stephen Clemence, Ben Dawson and Simon Smith.