Alan Shearer urged Steve Bruce NOT to take the ‘toxic’ Newcastle manager’s job, he has revealed.
Bruce, 58, left his role at Sheffield Wednesday to sign a three-year contract with the Magpies earlier this week, and he expressed his delight at becoming manager of his boyhood club..
The decision to appoint Bruce, however, has NOT gone down well.
It is seen by many as another cost-cutting exercise by club owner Mike Ashley, especially as the former Sunderland manager has reportedly become the lowest-paid head coach in the Premier League with an alleged £1million-a-year salary.
Shearer, the club’s all-time top scorer, believes Bruce should not be excited at becoming Magpies manager as he has walked into ‘the toughest and most toxic situation’ of lengthy career.
And Shearer, in fact, even told Bruce to stay away from St James’ Park for his own good.
In his column for The Sun, the St James’ Park legend wrote: “I was out for dinner with Steve Bruce three weeks ago.
“It was just after Rafa Benitez had left Newcastle and we spoke about what he should do if he was approached and offered the job.
“My advice to him that night was simple: “No, no, no, don’t take it.”
“I said: ‘Why are you going to be any different to [Kevin] Keegan or [Rafa] Benitez? If you take it, you must be mad because you know how it works there’.”
Newcastle haven’t made any signings this summer but have allowed Ayoze Perez, Joselu and Mo Diame to leave the club, while Kenedy and Salomon Rondon have departed at the end of their loan spells.
And Shearer continued to admit he was baffled that Bruce took the job due to the well-known lack of investment from Ashley.
“Steve can have no excuses at all if it goes wrong because he knows exactly what he is taking on,” added the former England striker.
“He knows what is going on and what has gone on in the past. He knows how fed-up the fan-base is.
“He knows how the football club is run, it is not a secret any more. This is without a doubt the toughest and most toxic situation Steve has ever walked into.”