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Newcastle United have officially announced Steve Bruce as their new manager after he resigned from his Sheffield Wednesday job earlier this week.
The 58-year-old signed a three-year deal to take over at St James' Park and will travel to join the team on their pre-season tour in China.
Newcastle United can now announce that Steve Bruce has been appointed as the club's new head coach.
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- Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) July 17, 2019
Bruce will be joined at Newcastle by coaches Steve Agnew and Stephen Clemence after taking over from Rafa Benitez as manager.
Bruce, a former Sunderland manager, said that he was delighted to be managing the club he supported as a child, saying, "I'm delighted and incredibly proud to be appointed as head coach of Newcastle United. This is my boyhood club and it was my dad's club, so this is a very special moment for me and my family.
"There is a huge challenge ahead of us, but it's one that my staff and I are ready for. We'll roll our sleeves up and we'll be giving it everything from the off to ensure supporters have a successful team that they can be proud of."
However fans of the Magpies, including former striker Michael Chopra, were far less impressed:
@SkySportsNews @markmcadamtv Wow! Steve Bruce appointed new @NUFC manager, just shows the ambition of the club, they have there yes man now! #BoycottArsenal #AshleyOut
- Michael Chopra (@MichaelChopra) July 17, 2019
To quote William Shakespeare's Hamlet, Act III, Scene III, Line 87; No.
- Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) July 17, 2019
And with that the biggest downgrade in football history is complete :clap:
- Dobby Solano (@DobbySolanoNUFC) July 17, 2019
What a complete and utter disgrace this club has become. I feel completely embarrassed as a NUFC supporter. How low have we sunk that this is the ambition of the club. Lee Charnley, Mike Ashley...hang your heads in shame #NUFC #bruceout #ashleyout #boycottarsenal
- Paul Greaves (@greavsie26) July 17, 2019
Benitez left the club at the beginning of July after his contract ended and the two parties couldn't come to an agreement, with the manager who bought the club back into the Premier League wanting more promises over transfers.
Even before Bruce was appointed the club had fallen in the odds to be relegated from the top tier and appointing a manager who hasn't managed at the top level since 2015 won't help matters.
The 58-year-old had only taken over at Hillsborough in February, after delaying the start of his appointment for a holiday, and won seven of his 18 games in charge.
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