Steve Bruce took a lesson in leadership from Carlo Ancelotti’s book

Steve Bruce admits he has studied Carlo Ancelotti’s book about leadership in a bid to be a better manager.

The Newcastle chief has poured over a copy of Quiet Leadership by the Everton head coach, and reckons the cool-headed way the Italian managers is the way forward.

Bruce says Ancelotti has refuses to get involved in the “hysteria” of football, just like he will never get “worked up into a frenzy because of keyboard warrior” critics.

The pair go head to head at St James’ Park with Bruce saying Ancelotti has been the figurehead Everton needed to make their massive transfer splurge work.

Bruce took tips from Ancelotti’s book

Bruce said: “The book’s a good read. I am a huge admirer. The title is about managing the quiet way. It is key to the whole thing. He doesn’t let hysteria get in the road of him.

“There are different types. Abrasive, up and at you, in your face. When I see the clubs he has had, wow, he is arguably the best player-cum-manager, not many have achieved what he has. Munich, Madrid, Chelsea, now Everton.

He has a quiet calmness about him which shows there are different ways to manage.

When people are successful and keep driving themselves forward I admire that. I know how difficult a job it is to manage the clubs he has, and say well done to him. A top class manager.

“The takeaway is how successful he is, what big clubs he has managed. I remember him as a top top player too. I am fascinated reading about these people. I have read Eddie Jones too.

Legendary player and manager Carlo Ancelotti

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“It’s about their different ideas on leadership. And when someone has done it so well like he has… I am getting Wenger’s book for my Christmas present off the grandkids.

“I don’t need the book signing on Sunday, it fell to bits, was only a paperback, but I’ll make him a cup of tea.”

Bruce’s men battled out for a solid draw at Wolves last week. Bruce admits they give opponents “too many shots on goal and chances,” and is finding a balance.

The playing style attracts criticism every week, with United needing a “balance between attack and defence,” but Bruce said: “I can get myself worked up into a frenzy because of keyboard warriors.

The job is difficult enough without worrying about that nonsense.

“I hear about it now and then, but don’t read. Are they the majority of the support? I doubt it. In 15 months not one person has come up and had a pop.”

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley this week called for pay-per-view games to be cut in price, and Bruce says he was right.

“I agree with him. £15 is far too much when people pay their subs to Sky and BT. We will over saturate it if we’re not careful. We are getting eight games a weekend. It is not a spectacle in the stadium or on TV. In this difficult time I agree a fiver is enough.”

The club have finally offered fans on long term season ticket deals a refund for this season. Bruce said: “It has been going on a while and it is good to get sorted.”

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