Dan Burke

Newcastle appoint Steve Bruce as manager

Newcastle United have confirmed the appointment of Steve Bruce as the club’s new manager.

Bruce succeeds Rafael Benítez in the St James’ Park hot-seat having left Sheffield Wednesday, and he has signed a three-year contract.

“I’m delighted and incredibly proud to be appointed as head coach of Newcastle United,” Bruce said.

“This is my boyhood club and it was my dad’s club, so this is a very special moment for me and my family.

“There is a huge challenge ahead of us, but it’s one that my staff and I are ready for.

“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.”

A boyhood Newcastle fan, Bruce has previously managed 10 different clubs, including the Magpies fierce local rivals Sunderland.

The 58-year-old has so far taken charge of 904 games as a manager with a career win percentage of 38.5%.