Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer has revealed he urged Steve Bruce not to take the ‘toxic’ manager’s job a few weeks ago.
The St. James’ Park hero has written a piece for The Sun, in which he claims he went for dinner with former Sheffield Wednesday boss Bruce, where he issued the advice.
He said: “My advice to him that night was simple: ‘No, no, no, don’t take it’.
“I said: ‘Why are you going to be any different to Keegan or Benitez? If you take it, you must be mad because you know how it works there’.
“But Steve is his own man and I respect that. I can’t tell him what to do, even though he is a good friend of mine.”
Bruce’s appointment has been met with huge negativity from Newcastle fans, many of whom are still reeling from Rafa Benitez’s exit from the club.
The hard work starts now for Bruce, with Newcastle having just been thrashed by Wolverhampton Wanderers 4-0 in the PL Asia Trophy.
Shearer says Bruce has walked into the ‘toughest and most toxic situation’, and it’s hard to disagree.
Bruce has a colossal job on trying to change the club’s fortunes, and he is already massively up against it due to his Sunderland affiliation.
Apparently he will be backed in the transfer market by owner Mike Ashley, and talks of a record deal for striker Joelinton are ongoing (via The Chronicle).
That said, one gets the feeling that Bruce’s appointment could be doomed from the start.