Lee Charnley reacts to claims Steve Bruce was Newcastle's 11th choice

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley (R) and Managing Director Lee Charnley (L) are seen on the stand prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Newcastle United at Stadium...

Newcastle United landed Steve Bruce as their new manager this summer.

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley (R) and Managing Director Lee Charnley (L) are seen on the stand prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Newcastle United at Stadium...

Newcastle United managing director Lee Charnley has told The Chronicle that claims Steve Bruce was 11th choice for the club are 'absolute garbage'.

The Magpies saw Rafael Benitez leave the club this summer, as the Spaniard walked away at the end of his contract on June 30th having failed to agree a new deal.

Fans were hoping – rather than expecting – a big-name replacement, with Jose Mourinho one name touted early on, whilst the likes of Laurent Blanc, Sean Dyche, Mikel Arteta and Giovani van Bronckhorst were suggested too.

 

In the end, Newcastle went for Bruce, luring him away from Championship side Sheffield Wednesday in a somewhat controversial move given that the Owls fought hard to keep him.

Bruce is an experienced manager, but the perception is that Mike Ashley just appointed a 'yes man', and knew Bruce would take the job as he's a boyhood Magpies fan and this would likely be his last chance to take his dream job.

Bruce has been handed new signings Joelinton and Allan Saint-Maximin to replace Salomon Rondon and Ayoze Perez, but started the season with a 1-0 defeat to Arsenal.

Steve Bruce, Manager of Newcastle United looks on during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Arsenal FC at St. James Park on August 11, 2019 in Newcastle upon Tyne,...

Over the summer, there were suggestions from Sky Sports News – as relayed by the Daily Mail – that Bruce was actually Newcastle's 11th choice manager, and wasn't even on the original shortlist.

Now, Charnley has played that idea down as 'absolute garbage' and 'a complete fabrication', believing it's disrespectful to Bruce and done just to spread negativity around his appointment.

“Nonsense. Absolute garbage,” said Charnley. “That (11th choice) was a complete fabrication. It is disrespectful to Steve and it was done to try to create negativity around him. It is completely false,” he added.

Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce looks on during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Arsenal FC at St. James Park on August 11, 2019 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United...

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