Steve Bruce constantly read he was "fat waste of space" and "inept cabbage head"

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Steve Bruce has described some of the abuse he received during his time as Newcastle manager after he left the club by mutual consent following their defeat against Tottenham.

The 60-year-old former Birmingham and Hull boss led out his boyhood club in what was his 1000th fixture as a manager on Sunday, but they slipped to a 3-2 defeat despite taking an early lead.

Since he was appointed at St James' Park by former owner Mike Ashley back in July of 2019, he oversaw 28 wins from his 97 fixtures as well as Premier League finishes of 13th and 12th.

Following his departure by mutual consent on Wednesday morning, Bruce has spoken openly about the distasteful abuse he received during his latest stint in the dug-out.

He told the Telegraph: "By the time I got to Newcastle, I thought I could handle everything thrown at me but it has been very, very tough.

"To never really be wanted, to feel that people wanted me to fail, to read people constantly saying I would fail, that I was useless, a fat waste of space, a stupid, tactically inept cabbage head or whatever. And it was from day one.

“When we were doing ok results wise, it was ‘yeah but the style of football is rubbish’ or I was just ‘lucky.’ It was ridiculous and persistent, even when the results were good."

Bruce went on to say that his team were once described as a 'relegation team in all but points' despite finishing 13th in the Premier League table, and that they were called lucky in his second season in charge despite finishing 17 points clear of the drop.

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The club statement reads: "Newcastle United can confirm that Steve Bruce has left his position as head coach by mutual consent.

"He leaves the Magpies after more than two years in charge, having steered the club to 13th and 12th-place finishes in the Premier League and reaching the quarter-final stage in both the Emirates FA Cup and Carabao Cup during his tenure.

"Newcastle United would like to place on record its gratitude to Steve for his contribution and wishes him well for the future."

With Bruce saying to fans: "I am grateful to everyone connected with Newcastle United for the opportunity to manage this unique football club.

"I would like to thank my coaching team, the players and the support staff in particular for all their hard work.

"There have been highs and lows, but they have given everything even in difficult moments and should be proud of their efforts.

"This is a club with incredible support, and I hope the new owners can take it forward to where we all want it to be. I wish everyone the very best of luck for the rest of this season and beyond."

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