Steve Bruce set to retire after Newcastle exit following torrid abuse – ‘Taken its toll’

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Steve Bruce has admitted he may retire from management following his exit from Newcastle United. Newcastle announced on Wednesday morning that Bruce had left the club by mutual consent. The news did not come as a shock following the Saudi-Arabian led takeover which was completed earlier this month.

Bruce was allowed to take charge of his 1000th game in management on Sunday.

The former Manchester United defender saw his Newcastle side lose 3-2 at home to Tottenham.

But the Magpies’ new owners have now seen it fit to part ways with the 60-year-old.

And after a managerial career which has spanned 23 years, Bruce has strongly hinted he could have taken to a dugout for the last time.

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“I think this might be my last job,” Bruce told The Telegraph.

“It’s not just about me; it’s taken its toll on my whole family because they are all Geordies and I can’t ignore that.

“They have been worried about me… especially my wife Jan. What an amazing woman she is, incredible, she’s just a fantastic woman, wife and mother and grandmother.

“She dealt with the death of my parents, hers have not been very well. And then she had me to worry about and what I’ve been going through the last couple of years.

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“I can’t take her for granted, she has spent her whole life following me around from football club to football club and if I was to say to her tomorrow, I’ve been offered a job in China, or anywhere, she would say, ‘Steve, is this right for you, do you want to do it?’ And she’d back me again.

“I’m 60 years old and I don’t know if I want to put her through it again. We’ve got a good life so, yeah, this will probably be me done as a manager – until I get a phone call from a chairman somewhere asking if I can give them a hand. Never say never, I’ve learnt that.”

Bruce was appointed as Newcastle boss in July 2019 as successor to the popular Rafa Benitez.

Many supporters were against the appointment but he has managed to keep the club in the Premier League in his two full seasons in charge.

Bruce admits his spell at St James’ Park has been tougher than he expected.

He added: “By the time I got to Newcastle, I thought I could handle everything thrown at me but it has been very, very tough.

“To never really be wanted, to feel that people wanted me to fail, to read people constantly saying I would fail, that I was useless, a fat waste of space, a stupid, tactically inept cabbage head or whatever. And it was from day one.

“When we were doing ok results wise, it was ‘yeah but the style of football is rubbish’ or I was just ‘lucky.’ It was ridiculous and persistent, even when the results were good.

“The best one was to be told we were a relegation team in all but points…this was all in the first season. We finished 13th. It [the criticism and abuse] got even worse in the second year. We finished 12th, 17 points clear of the bottom three.

“I tried to enjoy it and, you know, I did. I’ve always enjoyed the fight, proving people wrong, but that’s all it ever seemed to be. A fight, a battle.

“It does take its toll because even when you win a game, you don’t feel like you are winning over the supporters.”

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