Steve Bruce aiming to win over the Newcastle United supporters

Steve Bruce has said that he is aiming to win over the Newcastle United fans after taking charge as the new head coach. The experienced manager recently ended his association with Championship side Sheffield Wednesday and he now has the task of keeping the Magpies in the Premier League for the third season running.

Speaking to NufcTV, Bruce said that he may not have the support of the entire fan base and that is acknowledgeable, considering the work done by former coach Rafa Benitez. He added that he is ready for the testing challenge with the Magpies and hopefully, he can make a positive start to the forthcoming season.

He said:”I know in some people’s eyes I’m not Rafa. I understand there are big shoes to fill. But I’ll give it everything I possibly can. I knew it was going to be difficult – the easy thing would have been to say no. I just hope that people will show the respect, which obviously you only gain by getting a few results and doing the job, but hopefully that will go hand in hand.”

Newcastle have already sanctioned the sale of Ayoze Perez while Salomon Rondon has returned to West Bromwich Albion after the conclusion of the temporary deal last term. As such, the club find themselves without two of their main frontmen, who were the catalyst towards the team’s success during the backend of last season and it remains to be seen how the club can sort out the void.

On the other hand, they are doubts regarding the future of midfielder Sean Longstaff amid the interest from Manchester United, but the Magpies remain optimistic that the 21-year-old will stay put. Longstaff has previously indicated that he has yearned to represent the Magpies and staying with the team appears the right option, given he may not earn regular gametime at Old Trafford.