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Steve Bruce leaves Newcastle by mutual consent

Steve Bruce leaves Newcastle by mutual consent
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Newcastle United announce that manager Steve Bruce has left the club by mutual consent.

Newcastle United have announced that manager Steve Bruce has left the club by mutual consent.

The 60-year-old took charge of his 1,000th game as a manager in Sunday's 3-2 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur, which also marked the first Magpies clash under the new Saudi-backed ownership.

However, Bruce was widely expected to depart following the arrival of the club's new owners, and Newcastle announced on Wednesday morning that the three-time Premier League winner had left his post.

"I am grateful to everyone connected with Newcastle United for the opportunity to manage this unique football club," Bruce said in a statement on the official Newcastle United website.

"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."

Graeme Jones is set to take interim charge of Newcastle, who have been linked with the likes of Eddie Howe, Unai Emery and Paulo Fonseca in their search for a new manager.

The Magpies have also been credited with an interest in ex-Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, but the Italian is supposedly holding out for the Manchester United job.

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