Steve Bruce sacked as head coach of Newcastle United. He had spent more than two years in charge.
The announcement comes only days after Bruce’s 1,000 game as manager. The departure is said to be by “mutual agreement” according to the club.
The club said: “Newcastle United can confirm that Steve Bruce has left his position as head coach by mutual consent.
“He leaves the Magpies after more than two years in charge, having steered the club to 13th and 12th-place finishes in the Premier League and reaching the quarter-final stage in both the Emirates FA Cup and Carabao Cup during his tenure.
“Newcastle United would like to place on record its gratitude to Steve for his contribution and wishes him well for the future.”
Bruce thanked his coaching team but did not thank the team’s supporters. He commented: “I am grateful to everyone connected with Newcastle United for the opportunity to manage this unique football club.
“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 was Bruce’s assistant. He will take charge for the time being.
The club commented: “The process of recruiting a new head coach is under way and an appointment will be announced in due course. The club will not be making further comment at this time.”
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