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'Ridiculous!' - What Steve Bruce has said about Newcastle United criticism after exit
21/10/2021 10:53:45

Newcastle United have confirmed that Steve Bruce has left his position as the club's head coach and the 60-year-old has been talking about his time as a manager.

Steve Bruce has revealed that the Newcastle United job 'took a toll' on his family and hinted that it could be his last post in management after his departure from the club.

The 60-year-old's time at the Magpies came to an end on Wednesday morning following a dismal start to the Premier League season where they failed to win any of their opening eight matches.

His last game in charge came in the 3-2 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend and he leaves with Newcastle second bottom on just three points.

Graeme Jones has been appointed on an interim basis and is set to take the reins ahead of Saturday's trip to Crystal Palace.

But Bruce, who celebrated his 1000th game as a manager against Spurs, has admitted that the abuse he has received could force him to retire.

In his 23 years as a coach he has had spells at Sheffield United, Huddersfield, Wigan Athletic, Crystal Palace, Birmingham City, Sunderland, Hull City, Aston Villa and Sheffield Wednesday, before joining Newcastle.

"I think this might be my last job," he said in an interview with the Telegraph. "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.

"They have been worried about me… especially my wife Jan. What an amazing woman she is, incredible, she’s just a fantastic woman, wife and mother and grandmother. She dealt with the death of my parents, hers have not been very well. And then she had me to worry about and what I’ve been going through the last couple of years.

"I can’t take her for granted, she has spent her whole life following me around from football club to football club and if I was to say to her tomorrow, I’ve been offered a job in China, or anywhere, she would say, 'Steve, is this right for you, do you want to do it?' And she’d back me again.

"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."

Since starting off at Sheffield United at 1998, Bruce has gone on to have a pretty successful career despite recording a win rate of just 36.6%.

He has won promotion to the Premier League a record four times and also led Hull to the FA Cup final in 2014, although they did lose against Arsenal on the day.

Arguably his greatest achievement was when he guided Birmingham to the Premier League at the start of the century, ending their 16-year absence from the top-flight.

Bruce's spell at Newcastle may have ended on a sour note, but he did manage to secure safety on two occasions and provided some brilliant home victories over Manchester United and Chelsea.

Reflecting on his time as a manager, Bruce feels like he dealt with the pressure well but claimed that he found it 'very, very tough' on Tyneside.

He added: "People called me a 'tactically inept cabbage-head'. I really have to thank all the people who have worked alongside me, because I can be demanding and I can be hard work - especially when I was younger.

"When we get beat, I get very low, but when you are managing in the Premier League with Birmingham, Wigan, Hull, Sunderland you do get better at dealing with it. You have to.

"By the time I got to Newcastle, I thought I could handle everything thrown at me but it has been very, very tough. To never really be wanted, to feel that people wanted me to fail, to read people constantly saying I would fail, that I was useless, a fat waste of space, a stupid, tactically inept cabbage-head or whatever. And it was from day one.

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