Steve Bruce was sacked on Wednesday with a gain of £ 8million after Saudi owners Newcastle acted on the loss in their first game at St James’ Park.
Sources say he has always been intent on replacing the 60-year-old, but the performance and toxic atmosphere towards the end of the 3-2 loss to Tottenham underscored the need for immediate action .
They feared the team would struggle to take another point without a change and Graeme Jones was placed in temporary charge for Saturday’s trip to Crystal Palace. Among those considered Bruce’s permanent replacement are Paulo Fonseca, Roberto Martinez, Lucien Favre, Eddie Howe and Rudi Garcia.
Newcastle finally parted ways with Steve Bruce, who left by “mutual consent”
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Eddie Howe 4/1
Lucien Favre 4/1
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Steven Gerrard 14/1
Unai Emery 1/20
Brendan Rodgers 25/1
Jose Mourinho 1/25
Roberto Martinez 1/25
Antonio Conte 33/1
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Talks are underway – Fonseca was in talks on Wednesday – and a date is expected next week.
The presence of new President Yasir Al-Rumayyan at Sunday’s game would have been important in speeding up Bruce’s impeachment process. Co-owner Amanda Staveley had made him aware of the nature of fan chants calling for the manager’s dismissal.
Some members of the consortium also expressed concern when Sportsmail revealed this week that captain Jamaal Lascelles and teammate Isaac Hayden had to be separated by staff after the game, leading to a feeling of ‘dysfunction’ behind the scenes.
We understand that Bruce left with his full £ 8million severance package – a legacy from the reign of former owner Mike Ashley – and that he has indicated he wants to go, which has led to a statement Wednesday morning which used the expression “mutual consent”.
Bruce’s departure is believed to have been greeted with relief in a significant part of the dressing room and as of Wednesday night only Allan Saint-Maximin posted a social media post in support of the head coach.
“You are, without a doubt, one of the sweetest people I have ever met in the world of football,” he said. “You have been a man of your word, a caring man and a just man who has never hesitated to protect us. It has been an honor and a privilege to have you as a coach. ‘
It comes after Newcastle lost 3-2 at home to Tottenham on Sunday, with their new consortium led by Saudi Arabia from the stands at St James’ Park
Paulo Fonseca has become the big favorite to replace the 60-year-old
Eddie Howe (left) and Lucien Favre (right) are also among the contenders for the post
Bruce, meanwhile, told The Telegraph in an interview on Wednesday: “I think this could be my last job. By the time I got to Newcastle I thought I could handle whatever was thrown at me but it was very, very difficult.
“Never to be really wanted, to feel that people wanted me to fail, to read people who constantly say that I would fail, that I was useless, a big waste of space, a stupid and tactically inept head of cabbage or other. “
Former Roma boss Fonseca, who almost took over from Spurs this summer, spoke to members of the club’s new hierarchy on Wednesday.
The 48-year-old is said to have already started to strategize for the team’s upcoming matches should he get the job.