The Saudi Arabian-backed consortium of Premier League side Newcastle United has led to the sacking of manager Steve Bruce. The takeover was led by the Public Investment Fund (PIF), which completed a £305m takeover of Newcastle United on October 7. Recently, it was announced that Steve Bruce is no longer the manager of the side after he parted ways with the club following a ‘mutual agreement’. The 60-year-old remained in charge for the 3-2 defeat to Tottenham which marked his 1,000th match as a manager – with non-executive chairman Yasir Al-Rumayyan and director Amanda Staveley watching on at St James’ Park.
The former Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce is considering retirement as he parted ways 13 days after the club’s takeover by a Saudi-led consortium. The defeat against Tottenham has resulted in Newcastle going down the second bottom on the Premier League table and are winless after their opening eight games of the campaign.
Steve Bruce reveals the immense abuse received from the hostile Newcastle United fans
Steve Bruce had guided the club to 13th and 12th-place finishes in his two years in charge but faced a considerable amount of resentment from fans, who criticized his style of play.
Bruce recently spoke to The Telegraph after his departure and opened up on the instances when he was hurled with extreme abuse. That is one of the major reasons he is not willing to take up another offer as a manager.
He said: “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. He further said that his family is “worried” about him, especially his 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”, reiterated Steve Bruce.
Revealing the abuse he has faced, Bruce added: “It has been very, very tough. To never really be wanted, to feel that people wanted me to fail and saying I would fail, that I was useless, a fat waste of space, a tactically inept cabbage head.”
Newcastle are expected to hold talks with former Roma boss Paulo Fonseca this week. Graeme Jones will lead the team on an interim basis, starting with Saturday’s trip to Crystal Palace.
- Steve Bruce is considering retirement
- He reveals the abuse from the fans