Newcastle United appoint Steve Bruce as manager

Author: BBC Sport
Steve Bruce was born in Corbridge, 18 miles west of Newcastle

Newcastle United have appointed Steve Bruce as their head coach on a three-year contract.

Former Sunderland manager Bruce, 58, who was born near Newcastle and had been a boyhood Magpies fan resigned as Sheffield Wednesday boss on Monday July 15, following talks with the Magpies at the weekend.

Newcastle have been without a manager since Rafael Benitez left when his contract expired in June, saying the club "did not share his vision".

"There is a huge challenge ahead of us, but it's one that my staff and I are ready for," said Bruce. "This is my boyhood club and it was my dad's club, so this is a very special moment for me and my family."

Bruce will be joined by coaches Steve Agnew and Stephen Clemence, who have been part of his team at a number of his previous clubs.