Newcastle appoint Steve Bruce as manager to succeed Rafael Benítez

Tanya Simon
July 19, 2019

The Magpies have handed a three-year contract to a man who has previously spent time working with the likes of Sunderland, Birmingham, Hull City and Aston Villa.

The Toon were slashed from 5/1 to 11/4 at one point in some big market activity and when things settled down on Wednesday night, they were 9/4 to get dumped back to the Championship* (betting odds taken from bet365 on July 17th, 2019 at 9:31 pm). "I don't know who wants me to leave or stay, but as far as I am concerned, I am at Newcastle United".

"The easy thing for me would have been to say no, but at my stage in my career now - back a few years ago I regretted it - that regret lingered around me for years when Sir Bobby [Robson] left so to be given the opportunity again is something simply I had to take it".

Then, when Rafa Benitez left Newcastle, it was reported that Longstaff was considering his future. So personally, I am delighted for him.

"He was not Newcastle's first choice to replace Rafa".

"It looks more like he could have been the last man standing - and Newcastle just knew he would probably take the job because he has always wanted it".

"I had to grasp it, I knew it was going to be hard". He knows how fed up the fan-base is.

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It's not about results, it's about performance and there is still space for improvement and that's what we are working on. It still makes it a bit more hard than in other pre-seasons maybe, but that's all.

The former Arsenal youth forward is believed to be keen on a return to regular football in the North East following his success in the Championship on loan with West Brom, while a move away from the club is yet to materialise.

"This is without a doubt the toughest and most toxic situation Steve has ever walked into".

"But the squad is littered with some very good players".

He will now fly out to China to join up with his new squad as they continue preparations for the new Premier League season.

"Steve is at a disadvantage already because all the other clubs have had weeks to plan and will have stolen a march on him".

The experienced campaigner has his work cut out to win over the Newcastle faithful, but bookmakers feel he also has a job on his hands to hang onto his job for any considerable time.

An interesting Premier League campaign to come for Newcastle United, and with a 4-0 pre-season defeat to Wolves last night, goes to show that it could be rocky new months ahead.

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