Manager Steve Bruce has left Newcastle United by mutual consent just 13 days after the Saudi Arabia-backed takeover of the Premier League club. The 60-year-old leaves after more than two years in charge in which he led the team to a 13th and 12th place finish in the league.
His position had come under scrutiny even before the club takeover, with fans frustrated by an uninspiring start to the new season — with the team currently second-bottom in the Premier League having failed to win a game.
Bruce’s last game was in charge was Sunday’s 3-2 defeat by Tottenham Hotspur.
“I am grateful to everyone connected with Newcastle United for the opportunity to manage this unique football club,” Bruce said in a statement on Wednesday.”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 club said it was in the process of recruiting a new head coach and would not comment further at this time. Graeme Jones will step in on an interim basis for the team’s match against Crystal Palace on Saturday.