Underwhelming news of the day: Steve Bruce confirmed

Joe Williams

Former Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has been announced as the new head coach of Newcastle United.

The 58-year-old resigned as Sheffield Wednesday manager on Monday along with first-team coaches Steve Agnew and Stephen Clemence.

And now the Magpies have confirmed that Bruce, who was only appointed as Wednesday boss in January, will be Newcastle‘s successor to Rafa Benitez.

“I’m delighted and incredibly proud to be appointed as head coach of Newcastle United,” Bruce told the club’s official website. “This is my boyhood club and it was my dad’s club, so this is a very special moment for me and my family.

“There is a huge challenge ahead of us, but it’s one that my staff and I are ready for. We’ll roll our sleeves up and we’ll be giving it everything from the off to ensure supporters have a successful team that they can be proud of.”

The Magpies managing director Lee Charnley added: “Steve has a deep affection for Newcastle United and we are very pleased that a coach with his vast experience and connections to the club and city has joined us.

“Steve knows what this club means to supporters and to the region and he will put his heart and soul into leading our talented group of players with the full support of our staff.

“The hard work for Steve and his team starts immediately and we will be fully prepared for the challenge of a new Premier League season.

“I would place on record my thanks to Ben Dawson, Neil Redfearn and our medical and support staff for the way in which they have worked together to oversee the start of our pre-season preparations.”