Steve Bruce has officially been sacked by Newcastle United.
The 60-year-old had been heavily linked with an exit from St James’ Park for weeks after the takeover of the club went through during the most recent international break.
However with the search for a new manager not complete, the club opted to keep him in the role for his 1000th game in management in the 3-2 defeat to Tottenham on Sunday.
But the club have decided to pull the trigger now following a winless start to the Premier League campaign.
Assistant coach Graeme Jones has been put in temporary charge ahead of this weekend’s game with Crystal Palace while the club continue to search for their next boss.
In a statement released by the club, Newcastle said;
“Newcastle United Football Club can confirm that Steve Bruce has left his position as head coach by mutual consent. The club would like to place on record its gratitude to Steve for his contribution and wishes him well for the future.”
Steve Bruce also made a parting comment in the statement, thanking his staff and players and wishing the club well.
“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.”
Reports suggest that the Magpies have narrowed their search down to three managers with former Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe, former Dortmund boss Lucien Favre and former Roma boss Paulo Fonseca in the running for the role.