London – Reuters
Newcastle United, the English Premier League football club, announced in a statement, Wednesday, that coach Steve Bruce left his position by mutual consent, two weeks after the acquisition of the club by an investment group led by the Saudi Public Investment Fund..
The statement explained that «Newcastle United confirms that Steve Bruce has left his post by mutual consent. The club extends its sincere thanks and gratitude to Steve for his efforts with the club and wishes him all the best for the future».
Bruce had said immediately after the Saudi acquisition that he would fully understand the decision of the new owners if they wanted to change it. But the club allowed him to lead the team against Tottenham Hotspur last Sunday to celebrate his 1,000th game in his coaching career.
Bruce said in a statement: «Thank you to all the Newcastle United officials for giving me the opportunity to lead this great club».
و :ضاف: «I would like to thank the technical support staff, players and staff for their sincere efforts. There were ups and downs but they did their best especially in tough times and they should be proud of their efforts».
Newcastle said that Graeme Jones will lead the team temporarily, starting from Saturday’s match against Crystal Palace.