Steve Bruce leaves Newcastle United after Saudi takeover

Steve Bruce leaves Newcastle United after Saudi takeover

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Premier League - Newcastle United v Leeds United - St James' Park, Newcastle, Britain - January 26, 2021 Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce reacts Pool via REUTERS/Lee Smith/File Photo

Newcastle United's new owners have sacked head coach Steve Bruce.

Bruce was expected to be replaced after the Saudi Arabian-backed consortium, led by the Public Investment Fund (PIF), completed a £305m takeover of Newcastle on October 7.

The 60-year-old remained in charge for the 3-2 defeat to Tottenham - his 1,000th match as a manager - with non-executive chairman Yasir Al-Rumayyan and director Amanda Staveley watching on at St James' Park.

The defeat left Newcastle second bottom of the Premier League and winless after their opening eight games of the campaign.

The PIF, worth £700bn, owns an 80 per cent share in the club after completing its takeover from Mike Ashley.

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