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Steve Bruce: Newcastle boss won’t be owner Mike Ashley’s ‘yes man’

Steve Bruce: Newcastle boss won't be owner Mike Ashley's 'yes man'

Bruce, 58, replaced Rafael Benitez as boss at St James’ Park on 17 July. The appointment has been met with disdain by a large section of the club’s supporters.

Ashley has drawn fierce criticism from fans, with a perceived lack of spending often a focus of frustration.

“I think you’ve known me long enough. I’m not going to be anybody’s yes man,” said boyhood Magpies fan Bruce.

“I’m too long in the tooth for that. I’ve heard it said that I’m a puppet or not in charge of transfers or what have you, but I can only report on how he’s been with myself and he’s been straight down the line in the conversations I’ve had.

“That can only be a good thing. I’m not his bag man or anything else. I will certainly be my own man, I always have.”

There is an immense pressure from supporters on Ashley to sell the club. But Bruce, who met with Ashley at the club’s training ground on Wednesday, hopes the arrival of Brazilian striker Joelinton for a reported £40 million (Dh183.3m) can go some way to appeasing the unrest among fans.

“All I can ask is to be given a chance. Whoever was going to be sitting here would find it difficult with the support (Benitez) had from the fans – it was quite phenomenal. Unbelievable,” he said.

“Whoever was sitting here would have big shoes to fill, but let me have a crack.

“I had the conversation and there was money to spend. It was all positive in that respect. There is proof already.”

Bruce is expecting more new signings and confirmed the club’s interest in Nice forward Allan Saint-Maximin.


Kate Faulkner

Kate has been writing in the sports niche for quite some years now and has served as a journalist for popular sports websites. She currently contributes her experience for Front Statement by writing about the latest happenings in the Sports world.

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