Newcastle United have named Steve Bruce as head coach on three-year deal to replace former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez.
The 58-year old was announced by the Premier League side on Wednesday and would be joined at the St. James Park by Stephen Clemence and Steve Agnew as members of the technical bench.
Bruce, a supporter of the Magpies since childhood was quick to express his delight for his appointment and stated his readiness to take up the “huge challenge ahead”.
“I’m delighted and incredibly proud to be appointed as head coach of Newcastle United”, Bruce said after his appointment. “This is my boyhood club and it was my dad’s club, so this is a very special moment for me and my family”, he said.
Newcastle struggled in the past season under Rafa Benitez, finishing 13th in the 20 team league with just 45 points in 38 games and Steve Bruce is already aware of the expectations and have pledged his readiness for the challenge in the upcoming 2019/20 season which kicks off next month.
“There is a huge challenge ahead of us, but it’s one that my staff and I are ready for. We’ll roll ourselves up and we’ll be giving it everything from the off to ensure supporters have a successful team that they can be proud of”, Bruce assured.
The former Sunderland coach will travel together with his staff to China to meet the squad at their pre-season tour ahead of Wednesday’s Premier League Asia Trophy clash with Wolverhampton Wonderers.
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