Steve Bruce was sacked by Newcastle United just days after taking charge of his 1,000th game and looked to his former boss Sir Alex Ferguson for some friendly advice
The 60-year-old left the club by “mutual consent” after more than two years in charge, a club statement said, following the Magpies 3-2 defeat to Tottenham a week ago.
Bruce was given the opportunity to take charge of his 1,000th game as a manager but the writing had been wall due to Newcastle’s poor form and change in ownership.
It was expected that Newcastle’s new owners, the Saudi-led Public Investment Fund (PIF), would seek to install a new boss after completing their £305million takeover of the club on October 7.
And despite initially delaying any news over appointing a new manager, Bruce’s departure was announced earlier this week.
According to The Sun, he asked for advice from Ferguson as he was left in the dark over his position, which was a topic of discussion in the public eye.
The pair remain close after Bruce played under the legendary Scot — who retired in 2013 after 27 years as Manchester United manager — during his Old Trafford reign.
Bruce revealed in a letter that confirmed his exit he was considering retiring from football management due to the abuse he had received over the past two years.
The ex-Aston Villa, Sunderland and Hull City manager also revealed how receiving abuse over the years had affected his family and admitted he will take time to consider his next step.
Newcastle have wasted no time in searching for his successor with several renowned bosses linked to the post.
Former Roma and Shakhtar Donetsk manager Paulo Fonseca has held talks over the vacant post and is believed to be the preferred candidate to take the job.
Other names linked include Eddie Howe, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard, with more high-profile coaches such as Antonio Conte and Zinedine Zidane reportedly snubbing the chance to take the job.
It is also believed Marc Overmars would attempt to bring Erik ten Hag from Ajax if he is appointed director of football by the Tyneside outfit.
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There has been an outpouring of support for Bruce from several managerial counterparts, including Pep Guardiola, with Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta condemning the treatment of Bruce.
“I was really sad after reading that statement from Steve,” Arteta said.
“You’re talking about somebody who has been in the game for over 40 years as a player and as a manager.
“I think we have to reflect. We can’t take for granted and accept certain things because they are how they are.
“No, we are here as well to improve them and change them, like we do with any rules, with any fixture list and we have with anything that we want to improve for our sport, fans, stadium, facilities and broadcasts.
“We’re going to spend more time and we have an open table to discuss how we’re going to do that because I think we have to think about the fact that one of the most experienced managers in England’s history is telling you that in a letter.
“You can’t just ignore that, so for me, it’s a very serious statement and it’s something that has to change and has to start to change.”