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Steve Bruce set new Premier League record at Newcastle United

4 weeks ago

Steve Bruce left Newcastle United last week after 27 months in the role of head coach.

Newcastle fans breathing a huge sigh of relief that one of the major Mike Ashley negatives was finally following the former owner out of the door.

After leaving with a reported £8m compensation stuffed in his pockets despite doing such a poor job, Steve Bruce saying he may not manage another club after his Newcastle experience.

Nice work if you can get it, not having to work again with the help of getting such a massive pay-off, leaving NUFC after a run of no wins in nine matches to start the 2021/22 season and a longer abysmal run of only seven wins in his final 38 Newcastle matches.

Steve Bruce is notorious for not having won a single trophy in over 23 years in football management, never even finishing top nine in the Premier League. However, it has now been revealed that on exiting Newcastle United, Steve Bruce has set a new Premier League record.

In previewing Saturday’s game, it is actually the official Chelsea website that has revealed Bruce’s moment in history as a manager.

In the official Chelsea preview they comment:

Steve Bruce’s departure was the 13th time that a Newcastle manager has departed the club during a Premier League campaign, the most in-season departures for any club in the competition.’

Steve Bruce – making history at Newcastle United!

I wondered if our club had really lost 13 managers / head coaches during a Premier League season, it does appear an awful lot…so I checked.

Newcastle United managers / head coaches to leave during a Premier League season and dates departed:

Kevin Keegan – 8 January 1997

Kenny Dalglish – 27 August 1998

Ruud Gullit – 28 August 1999

Sir Bobby Robson – 30 August 2004

Graeme Souness – 2 February 2006

Glenn Roeder – 6 May 2007

Sam Allardyce – 9 January 2008

Kevin Keegan – 4 September 2008

Joe Kinnear – 1 April 2009

Chris Hughton – 6 December 2010

Alan Pardew – 30 December 2014

Steve McClaren – 11 March 2016

Steve Bruce – 20 October 2021

So yes, Steve Bruce is lucky number 13!

Obviously there was no other option than the new owners getting Steve Bruce out of the club ASAP before he could do even more damage.

However, being the Premier League club to make more managerial changes mid-season than any rival, does point to why down the years the club has struggled so often.

One other thing in the Chelsea preview of Saturday’s game was this:

Newcastle’s major summer signings:

Cameron Ferguson – Tranmere

Santiago Munoz – Santos Laguna (loan)

Remi Savage – Liverpool

Charlie Wiggett – Chelsea

Joe Willock – Arsenal

Five ‘major’ summer signings made and four of them were players going to the Academy (Under 23s etc) and not into the first team squad!


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