Steve Bruce contract situation at Newcastle United explained
A lot of debate these past 24 hours or so about the Steve Bruce contract situation.
A newspaper ‘exclusive’ on Friday reported / claimed that Mike Ashley was awarding Bruce a new three year deal.
Understandably, Newcastle fans devastated at the thought of Steve Bruce potentially going to be NUFC boss for another three years, or even longer…
After Friday night’s 2-0 friendly win at Burton, Steve Bruce was asked about the claims of him set to sign a new three year contract after these alleged talks with the club.
Steve Bruce though, says that these claims are absolute rubbish and that no talks have taken place, never mind a new contract offered.
“I honestly do not know where it [newspaper exclusive about a new contract] came from, it was news to me.”
The NUFC Head Coach was then asked to confirm that as things stand, will he be out of contract next summer, after the conclusion of the 2021/22 Premier League season.
A bit of a conundrum…
On 17 July 2019, Newcastle United officially announced (see below), Steve Bruce had agreed an ‘initial three year contract’ to be NUFC Head Coach.
So if there has been no new contract agreed these past two years and there has been no talks this summer about a new deal, how come Steve Bruce is not set to leave St James Park next summer after his three years?
Well, Bruce’s friend and big media ally Luke Edwards looks to have the inside track.
Responding to the contract debate, the man from The Telegraph explained via his Twitter account that his understanding is…
That when Steve Bruce agreed his ‘initial three year’ deal, it wasn’t just a straightforward three year contract.
Instead, Edwards revealed that his understanding is that a three year deal was agreed BUT that after the end of each season, another year is automatically added on. So in effect, Steve Bruce never has less than a two year contract and that as of 17 July 2021, Bruce was once again back on a three year contract.
So there you have it, we have Steve Bruce on a never ending contract, at least that is unless Mike Ashley decides to get rid of him, which is unlikely even if relegated, as Steve Bruce will say and do anything to back up the owner, no matter how ridiculous or embarrassing it sounds to media and fans. Or alternatively of course, if new owners come in and sack him, which hopefully is a likely scenario in the near future…please!!!
Newcastle United Official Announcement – 17 July 2019:
‘Newcastle United can now announce that Steve Bruce has been appointed as the club’s new head coach.
The 58-year-old, who was born in Corbridge, Northumberland and raised in Wallsend, returns to Tyneside after signing an initial three-year contract and will be joined at St. James’ Park by coaches Steve Agnew and Stephen Clemence.
Bruce said: “I’m delighted and incredibly proud to be appointed as head coach of Newcastle United. This is my boyhood club and it was my dad’s club, so this is a very special moment for me and my family.
“There is a huge challenge ahead of us, but it’s one that my staff and I are ready for. We’ll roll our sleeves up and we’ll be giving it everything from the off to ensure supporters have a successful team that they can be proud of.”
Lee Charnley, managing director at Newcastle United, said: “Steve has a deep affection for Newcastle United and we are very pleased that a coach with his vast experience and connections to the club and city has joined us.
“Steve knows what this club means to supporters and to the region and he will put his heart and soul into leading our talented group of players with the full support of our staff.
“The hard work for Steve and his team starts immediately and we will be fully prepared for the challenge of a new Premier League season.
“I would place on record my thanks to Ben Dawson, Neil Redfearn and our medical and support staff for the way in which they have worked together to oversee the start of our pre-season preparations.”
Bruce and his staff are scheduled to travel to China and will meet the squad following Wednesday’s Premier League Asia Trophy clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Ben Dawson and Neil Redfearn will continue to prepare the players for Wednesday’s game.
A former Wallsend Boys Club player, Bruce began a decorated professional career at Gillingham, where he carved out a reputation as a solid and determined centre-half with a favourable goalscoring record.
After a three-year spell at Norwich City, which included winning the League Cup, he moved to Manchester United, where he would go on to lift three Premier League titles, three FA Cups and the European Cup Winners’ Cup, as well as a further League Cup.
Bruce made 84 appearances for Birmingham City between 1996 and 1998, before a career in the dugout got underway with a player-manager role at Sheffield United.
In a 21-year coaching career since, Bruce has taken charge of a further eight clubs and has clocked up more than 900 competitive matches.’
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