Steve Bruce confirmed as new Newcastle manager

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Steve Bruce appointed Newcastle United manager on three-year deal.

Premier League side Newcastle United have appointed Steve Bruce as their new coach on a three-year contract.

58-year-old Bruce, who grew in the nearby town of Corbridge, replaces Rafa Benitez, who moved to Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang last month after rejecting a new contract with Newcastle.

Bruce resigned from his previous position with Sheffield Wednesday to take up the Newcastle job and will be joined by his assistants Steve Agnew and Stephen Clemence.

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

Bruce had only joined Sheffield Wednesday in January and leaves them without a coach with just over two weeks until the start of the new Championship season.

Following the confirmation of Bruce's appointment at Newcastle, his former club issued a statement, in which they did not rule out taking legal action.

"The Club is disappointed to learn via public statement issued by Newcastle United that it has appointed former Sheffield Wednesday staff Steve Bruce, Steve Agnew and Steve Clemence."

"Regardless of the fact that the staff resigned from their positions with the Club on Monday, there remains outstanding legal issues to be resolved between the club and the staff and Newcastle United."

"The Club is currently considering its position and taking the appropriate legal advice," reads the Sheffield Wednesday statement.

Bruce and his assistants will fly to China on Wednesday as their new side is currently participating in the Premier League Asia Trophy, and the size of the task ahead of them was made clear on Tuesday as Newcastle were hammered 4-0 by Wolverhampton Wanderers in their opening game. 

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