Steve Bruce has made it to China and has linked up with the Newcastle United squad. After resigning from his job at Sheffield Wednesday, Bruce was announced as Magpies boss shortly before Newcastle took on Wolves in the Premier League Asia Trophy.

The 58-year-old introduced himself to the players, overseeing his first training session ahead of the game on Saturday with West Ham.

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After the session, Bruce spoke in person for the first time since he was appointed. The new Toon boss discussed the pressures of replacing Rafa Benitez, while admitting it would’ve been easier to say no.

Many fans wish he had done exactly that, but instead he signed a three-year deal at St James’ Park.

“I just hope that people will show the respect which obviously you only gain by getting a few results and doing the job, but hopefully that’ll go hand in hand,” he told the club’s official website.

The interesting word there is ‘respect’. He didn’t really show much respect to his previous employers, leaving the Owls in the lurch ahead of their Championship campaign. They have even less time than Newcastle to prepare for the new season.

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Bruce has a lot of work to do to gain the respect from the Newcastle faithful. He’s already fighting a losing battle by accepting an offer from Mike Ashley to replace Rafa Benitez.

But some supporters are split. There is a portion of fans who don’t see Bruce as the problem, and believe he should be given a chance. While others don’t think he deserves support.

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Some fans support Bruce, but the reaction is mainly negative

 
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