Steve Bruce has been confirmed as the new head coach of Newcastle United on a three-year deal.
The 58-year-old had been linked with the move since former incumbent Rafa Benitez left at the end of his contract to join Chinese Super League club Dalian Yifang.
Speculation mounted when Bruce quit former club Sheffield Wednesday on Monday to pave the way for a potential move to St James’s Park.
The 58-year-old had been on a one-year rolling contract at Hillsborough since arriving there in January following an unsuccessful spell at Aston Villa.
It’s a homecoming of sorts for Bruce who has supported the club since he was a boy. “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,” he told the club’s website.
“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.”
Bruce and assistants Steve Agnew and Stephen Clemence are due to travel to China to join up with the Newcastle squad who are on a tour of the Far East.
He has enjoyed a colourful and much-travelled management career since he retired from the game back in 1999 with a long list of former clubs including Crystal Palace, Huddersfield Town, Wigan Athletic (twice), Sheffield United, Birmingham City, Hull, Sunderland, Aston Villa and Sheffield Wednesday. It’s his first Premier League appointment since leaving Hull in 2015.