Newcastle United have sacked Steve Bruce as manager via ‘mutual consent’ as part of a wider shakeup following the £300m takeover by a Saudi Arabia led consortium.
This decision comes almost two weeks after Mike Ashley sold Newcastle to a Saudi-Arabia led consortium and marks the first major departure under the new ownership at St James’ Park.
Bruce’s departure also comes just days after he took charge of his 1000th match as a football manager, in which Newcastle lost 3-2 at home to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday (17 October).
In a joint-statement alongside the club announcing his exit, Bruce said: “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.”
Bruce consequently leaves the club after managing 97 matches at his childhood club in which the team managed 28 wins and draws apiece alongside 41 losses in all competitions, having replaced Rafa Benitez as manager in July 2019.
Newcastle also confirmed in the statement that Assistant Manager, Graeme Jones will take over as interim manager, with his coaching staff being made up of the following members; Steve Agnew, Stephen Clemence, Ben Dawson and Simon Smith.
It however is unclear if a new manager will be in place for their Premier League trip to Crystal Palace on Saturday 23 October, despite the process of appointing a new manager being confirmed as ‘under way’ with an announcement to be made in due course.
Early candidates linked with the now vacant Newcastle managerial position include Steven Gerrard Eddie Howe and Frank Lampard.