Ex-Wigan Athletic boss handed Newcastle United job

Departed Sheffield Wednesday boss Steve Bruce

Departed Sheffield Wednesday boss Steve Bruce

Newcastle United head coach Steve Bruce understands he will be viewed as inferior to Rafael Benitez by many fans but has vowed to "give it everything" after taking charge of his boyhood club.

"Newcastle is a huge club and I hope he does well - not against us, obviously - but in every other game".

Robertson previously worked under the former Sunderland and Aston Villa manager whilst at Hull City, and the Scotland worldwide has defended Bruce's appointment, insisting that the 58-year-old is a "fantastic manager". The Owls insist that process is yet to be completed.

The 58-year-old has left Championship side Sheffield Wednesday, along with his assistants Steve Agnew and Stephen Clemence, in a move that has raised eyebrows.

Sheffield Wednesday said it was "disappointed to learn via [a] public statement issued by Newcastle" that Bruce and his staff had been hired, and that there remained "outstanding legal issues to be resolved". "No further comment will be made by the club concerning this matter".

One of Bruce's first decisions as new boss will be whether to approve the signing of Joelinton.

Charnley said: "Steve has a deep affection for Newcastle and we are very pleased a coach with his vast experience and connections to the club and city has joined us". Following the news of the new Newcastle manager, a flood of betting action went down on Premier League relegation for Newcastle this season.

The challenges ahead of Bruce and multiple and testing.

Newcastle has had a rough summer, with the club losing manager Rafa Benitez, selling leading scorer Ayoze Perez, and failing to secure second-leading scorer Salomon Rondon on a permanent basis.

Dwight Gayle missed Wednesday's 4-0 defeat by Wolves with a calf problem and Yoshinori Muto is now the only fit senior striker, although the club is understood to be in advanced talks with Hoffenheim over 22-year-old Brazilian Joelinton.

Despite the controversy, former Sunderland and Aston Villa boss Bruce was thrilled to be offered the chance to manage the club he grew up supporting, having rejected the job earlier in his career, and promised to do his best to fill the void left by Benitez.