|Steve Bruce leaves Newcastle after a little over two years in charge following a winless start to the season. (Photo credit: Sky Sports)|
Newcastle has announced that they have parted ways with head coach Steve Bruce after slightly over two years in charge at St. James’s Park.
The news came early on Wednesday, ending speculation around the manager’s position. Newcastle lost 3-2 to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday in what was Bruce’s 1000th game as a manager but the new owners would like to look elsewhere for leadership.
Steve Bruce’s winless start to the season has heaped so much pressure on him as well as the new profile of manager the club would be looking forward to. Newcastle finished 12th and 13th under Bruce and he will now look elsewhere for managerial job.
"I am grateful to everyone connected with Newcastle United for the opportunity to manage this unique football club," Bruce said.
"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.
A club statement confirmed Graeme Jones will take charge on an interim basis, starting with Saturday's trip to Crystal Palace, and will be supported by the coaching team of Steve Agnew, Stephen Clemence, Ben Dawson and Simon Smith.