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.
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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’.”