Newcastle legend Alan Shearer has given his reaction to the sacking of Steve Bruce on Twitter.

The decision was confirmed on Wednesday morning, with Newcastle announcing that Bruce has left via mutual consent. Graeme Jones will now take interim charge of the side.

Multiple managers have been linked with replacing Bruce, with Paulo Fonseca reportedly the frontrunner at this moment in time. Other names linked include Eddie Howe and Lucien Favre.

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It’s been time for Bruce to go for a while. His tenure has been incredibly tough to watch. The football has been absolutely rotten, and eventually the results caught up.

Bruce leaves the club with a record of seven wins in his last 38 games. That is nowhere near good enough. Any other club would have sacked him by now.

But he did what he was asked to do by Mike Ashley. He kept Newcastle in the Premier League on two occasions.


Now Newcastle, under new ownership, can dream of a much brighter future in the top flight of English football.

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Alan Shearer gets it right on Steve Bruce

In the aftermath of Bruce’s departure, Shearer has thanked him for his ‘effort and commitment’.

Shearer’s tribute to Bruce is very measured and a lot more reasonable than other pundits.

As the legendary striker says, it hasn’t been easy for anyone to work under Ashley. Bruce took the job at a difficult period for the club and did manage to keep them in the Premier League.

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In that resect, Bruce should be thanked. But he never made it easy for himself.

The constant remarks about his predecessor rubbed fans the wrong way, while his attitude towards the local press compared to the nationals towards the end was spikey to say the least. Those are just a couple problems with the Bruce era – there were plenty more.

At the end of the day, the football wasn’t good enough, and neither were the results. That’s a pretty devastating combination in this game.

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