- Steve Bruce asks Sir Alex Ferguson for advice on his position at Newcastle
- Before leaving the club, Bruce was heavily reported to have been sacked
- Ferguson tells his former player to stay on task until decision is made
Steve Bruce has sought advice from former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson on how to deal with the crisis at Newcastle.
There was intense speculation about Bruce’s future at St James’ Park following the takeover of Newcastle by Saudi-backed owners, and he left the club this week.
as reported by Sun, Ferguson asked Bruce to remain in the job until a decision was made.
Steve Bruce asks Sir Alex Ferguson for advice on Newcastle United situation
Legendary former United boss Ferguson tells Bruce to stay on task until decision is made
Bruce played under Ferguson at United between 1987 and 1996 and enjoyed much success, winning the League Cup and the European Cup Winners’ Cup three times, as well as winning the League and FA Cup three times.
During just two years at Newcastle, Bruce was in charge of 97 games, winning 28, winning 28 and losing 41.
The 60-year-old faced considerable criticism from Newcastle fans, many of whom were disappointed with the team’s performance and the way Bruce conducted himself in interviews.
Bruce found great success as a player at United, working under Ferguson’s guidance.
Bruce has had a long managerial career that dates back to 1998 and has seen him take charge of ten different clubs.
However, following his departure from Newcastle, Bruce admitted that he was considering retirement as a result of the abuse he received.
They told Wire: ‘I think this may be my last job. It’s not just about me, it’s had an effect on my whole family because they’re all Geordie and I can’t ignore it.
‘They’re worried about me… especially my wife Jan. What an amazing woman she is, incredible, she is just a wonderful woman, wife and mother and grandmother. He faced the death of my parents, his health was not very good. And then he told me to worry and what I have been doing for the last few years.’
Bruce admitted that he is considering retiring as a result of some of the abuse he received
Bruce felt that some of his criticism was unjust, admitting that it was ‘very, very difficult’ to deal with.
He said: ‘By the time I got to Newcastle, I thought I could handle everything that was thrown at me but it has been very, very difficult.
‘Never really wanting, feeling like people want me to fail, reading people constantly saying I’ll fail, that I was worthless, a fat waste of space, an idiot, a cunning Unfit from a head of cabbage or whatever. And it was from day one.
‘When we were doing fine in terms of results, it was like ‘Yeah but the football style is crap’ or I was just ‘lucky’. It was funny and consistent, even when the results were good.’
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said he was ‘really sad’ to read the statement after Bruce left
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta sympathized with Bruce, saying fear of personal abuse is keeping managers from taking the job.
Arteta said: ‘I was really sad to read that statement from Steve.
‘You’re talking about someone who has been in the game for more than 40 years as a player and a manager.
‘I think we have to reflect. We cannot and cannot take some things lightly because they are as they are.
‘No, we’re also here to improve and change them, just like we do with any rules, with any fixture list and anything we have that we can for our games, fans, stadiums, facilities and broadcasts. want to improve.
‘We’re going to spend more time and we have an open table to discuss how we’re going to do it because I think we have to think about the fact that one of the most experienced managers in the history of England’ One of the letters is telling you that.
‘You can’t ignore it, so for me, it’s a very serious statement and it’s something that has to change and start changing.’
Graeme Jones, who served as Bruce’s assistant, has been placed in temporary charge of Newcastle and was in charge of Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace.
Newcastle, who have yet to win a league match this season, are 19th on the table.