Gary Lineker has taken to social media to give his reaction following the sack of Steve Bruce from Newcastle United.
The northeast club announced on their official website that Bruce had been dismissed after two years at Newcastle. The former Hull City boss was expected to be sacked after the Public Investment Fund takeover last week.
With Bruce losing last weekend’s Premier League clash against Tottenham, the sacking of the Newcastle manager seemed to become a matter of ‘when’ and not ‘if’. And Lineker has given his reaction on the news.
The Match of the Day presenter posted: “Newcastle have fired Steve Bruce. Never saw that coming.”
Lineker followed up with: “Steve Bruce has handled a difficult situation with great dignity during this period. Under trying circumstances and with generally poor recruitment by the club he did as well as realistically could be expected. Wish a very decent man all the very best.”
Indeed, whilst Newcastle supporters will have not-so-fond memories of Bruce, the veteran Premier League manager is regarded as one of the nicest men in football.
Newcastle must act smartly following Bruce sack
Attentions will now turn to who will replace Bruce at Newcastle following his sack from the club. As per the Times, Unai Emery and Steven Gerrard are in the frame. Whilst Roberto Martinez is another option for the Toon.
With Newcastle set to head into this weekend’s clash under an interim coach, supporters will no doubt be eager for a permeant manager to be hired in the coming days following Bruce’s departure from the club.