Newcastle latest news: 'Sob story narrative' isn't washing after huge Magpies announcement

Former Newcastle United head coach Steve Bruce

Newcastle World journalist Liam Kennedy has labelled Steve Bruce as an "absolutely dreadful manager for Newcastle United" after his St James' Park reign came to an end.

Bruce and the Magpies parted company by mutual consent on Wednesday, with the Tyneside club still searching for their first win of the season.

What's the latest news on Bruce?

Bruce left St James' Park having secured just 29 wins from his 97 matches in charge.

Since his departure, the 60-year-old revealed in an interview with the Telegraph just how difficult he had found life in charge of Newcastle, with him conceding it could prove to be his last job in management following widespread criticism from the Magpies supporters.

Reports suggest Newcastle's training ground, Darsley Park, had become a toxic environment during Bruce's final weeks in the job.

It is also understood that captain Jamaal Lascelles and Isaac Hayden clashed following the 3-2 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur last weekend, which proved to be Bruce's final match in charge.

Bruce's exit came after 94.3 per cent of Newcastle United Supporters Trust members called for the 60-year-old to walk away from the club.

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What has Liam Kennedy said about Bruce?

Kennedy has no sympathy after seeing Bruce's reign, which began following his appointment in the summer of 2019, come to an end.

In fact, the journalist is hugely critical of his Magpies management.

Kennedy told GIVEMESPORT: "I don't buy into this sob story narrative that's building around Steve Bruce.

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"I think people are trying to repaint history and the fact is, no matter what the circumstances, he's been an absolutely dreadful manager for Newcastle United.

"Very little positives have come from the two-and-a-half years.

"He's constantly talked about it being a work in progress, saying 'I'll get there', 'we'll change things' and 'we'll do things the Bruce way'. But nobody, after two-and-a-half years, has got any idea what the Bruce way is other than absolutely shambolic organisation and defending."

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Why was now seen as the right time for Bruce to go?

Mike Ashley, who handed Bruce the managerial reins more than two years ago, saw his 14-year stint as the club's owner come to an end following a £305million takeover earlier this month.

A consortium consisting of the Public Investment Fund, PCP Capital Partners and RB Sports & Media has taken full control of the Magpies after the deal was rubber-stamped.

Reports suggest, following their acquisition, the new owners quickly went in search of a new manager and narrowed their preferred options down to Eddie Howe, Paulo Fonseca and Lucien Favre.

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