Steve Bruce ready for Newcastle challenge


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New Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce says he is ready for the challenge after being appointed on a three-year contract.

The Magpies have been looking for a new boss for the last few weeks after Rafa Benitez decided to leave the club at the end of his contract. Benitez said the club “did not share his vision” but Bruce has jumped at the chance to coach at St James’ Park.

He resigned from his post at Sheffield Wednesday on Monday to take charge of his boyhood club. Some observers expect the club to be involved in a relegation battle this season, but the former Sunderland coach is ready to prove the doubters wrong.

In a statement he said: “I’m delighted and incredibly proud to be appointed as head coach of Newcastle United. 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 former defender will be joined by coaches Steve Agnew and Stephen Clemence and Newcastle will be Bruce’s 10th club as a coach. Newcastle’s squad are currently in China as part of the Asia Trophy and Bruce is set to fly out on Wednesday.

Newcastle’s first game of the season will come against Arsenal and they are 3.60 to pull off a surprise victory on home spoil.

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