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Newcastle United and Steve Bruce have split ways, just days after his 1000th game as a manager ended in defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.
Bruce's future was in doubt as soon as the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund bought the club from Mike Ashley two weeks ago, and many expected him to lose his job before the weekend.
He was eventually allowed to take charge against Spurs, but it ended in a 3-2 defeat, thanks to Eric Dier's late own goal, and the writing was on the wall from the final whistle.
On Wednesday morning, the club announced that the former Sunderland boss had 'left his position by mutual consent' and thanked him for his work.
#NUFC can confirm that Steve Bruce has left his position as head coach by mutual consent.— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) October 20, 2021
The club would like to place on record its gratitude to Steve for his contribution and wishes him well for the future.
"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."
Sunday's game had started with an incredible atmosphere at St James' Park and it only got better when Callum Wilson opened the scoring in the second minute.
However, after an excellent opening to the match for the hosts, Spurs grew into the match and, despite Dier's goal at the end, were pretty dominant.
The crowd had also turned from celebrating the new ownership to singing about wanting Bruce gone, and now they have their wish.
Graeme Jones will be in charge of the team on an interim basis and will manage the game against Crystal Palace at the weekend.
The Magpies have been linked with several managers, although reports claim that Antonio Conte has already turned them down.
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