Newcastle United part ways with Steve Bruce as new owners eye fresh replacement

Newcastle United have confirmed Steve Bruce’s exit - but what next for the Magpies?

Newcastle United have confirmed the exit of unpopular manager Steve Bruce, and confirmed Graeme Jones will take control of the side this weekend, when the Magpies take on Crystal Palace in the Premier League.

What did the Newcastle United statement say?

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"Newcastle United can confirm that Steve Bruce has left his position as head coach by mutual consent.

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“He leaves the Magpies after more than two years in charge, having steered the club to 13th and 12th-place finishes in the Premier League and reaching the quarter-final stage in both the Emirates FA Cup and Carabao Cup during his tenure.

“Newcastle United would like to place on record its gratitude to Steve for his contribution and wishes him well for the future.”

What has Steve Bruce said about it?

Also contained in the statement is a comment from the former head coach himself.

“I am grateful to everyone connected with Newcastle United for the opportunity to manage this unique football club.

“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.”

Who will replace Bruce?

In the short-term, Jones will step in but Paulo Fonseca is the bookies’ favourite to take the role on a permanent basis.

Our sister site NewcastleWorld understands the Portuguese in the new owners’ number one choice for the role, although Eddie Howe and Lucien Favre are also well-fancied.

The club said: “Graeme Jones will lead the team on an interim basis, starting with Saturday’s trip to Crystal Palace, and will be supported by the coaching team of Steve Agnew, Stephen Clemence, Ben Dawson and Simon Smith.

“The process of recruiting a new head coach is under way and an appointment will be announced in due course. The club will not be making further comment at this time.”