Published: Sat, July 20, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Newcastle officially announce Steve Bruce as Benitez's replacement

Newcastle officially announce Steve Bruce as Benitez's replacement

Steve Bruce has officially been appointed as the new manager of Newcastle, and it has not gone down well amongst the club's supporters.

The former Manchester United captain was reported to have resigned from his role at Wednesday earlier this week, having confirmed talks with Newcastle.

The departure of the hugely popular Benitez, a Champions League victor with Liverpool, to Chinese club Dalian Yifang, has prompted swathes of Newcastle fans to call for a boycott of the first game of the season against Arsenal at St James' Park in protest at Mike Ashley's continued ownership.

"The club is now considering its position and taking the appropriate legal advice".

"He's a very well-known manager who's done well in the Premier League and the Championship".

Newcastle's 2019-20 Premier League campaign begins at home to Arsenal on 11 August. "No further comment will be made by the club concerning this matter".

"I'm delighted and incredibly proud to be appointed as head coach of Newcastle United".

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"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".

"We've been working hard with Ben and Neil - they've done a great job and the rest of the staff have helped us out as well".

One of Bruce's first decisions as new boss will be whether to approve the signing of Joelinton.

The challenges ahead of Bruce and multiple and testing.

Bruce has his work cut out at Newcastle, who have lost their leading forwards from last season - Salomon Rondon and Ayoze Perez - and are the only Premier League club yet to make a summer signing.

But Robertson, widely regarded as one of football's finest full-backs, has leapt to the defence of his former manager and is hopeful that the 58-year-old and his coaching staff can be a success at St James' Park and send a message to his doubters. His previous jobs include spells at Hull and Aston Villa.

A reported 12,000 season tickets have been left unsold and the appointment of Bruce as Benitez's successor was met with derision by many.

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