Steve Bruce sought advice from former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson on how to handle the crisis in Newcastle.
There was intense speculation about Bruce’s future at St James’ Park following the acquisition of Newcastle by Saudi-backed owners, and he left the club this week.
As reported by Sun, Ferguson told Bruce to stay at work until a decision was made.
Steve Bruce asked Sir Alex Ferguson for advice on the situation at Newcastle United
Legendary former United boss Ferguson told Bruce to stay on until a decision was made.
Bruce played with Ferguson at United between 1987 and 1996 and enjoyed great success, winning the league and FA Cup three times each, as well as experiencing glory in the League Cup and the Cup Winners’ Cup.
For just over two years at Newcastle, Bruce was in charge of 97 games, winning 28, drawing 28 and losing 41.
The 60-year-old faced a considerable amount of criticism from Newcastle fans, many of whom were frustrated with the team’s performances and the way Bruce conducted himself in interviews.
Bruce enjoyed great success as a player at United while working under Ferguson.
Bruce has had a long coaching career dating back to 1998 and has seen him take over ten different clubs.
However, following his departure from Newcastle, Bruce admitted that he is considering retiring as a result of the abuse he has received.
He said The Telegraph: ‘I think this could be my last job. It’s not just about me, it’s taken a toll on my whole family because they’re all geordies and I can’t ignore that.
“They have cared for me… especially my wife Jan. What a wonderful woman she is, amazing, she is just a fantastic woman, wife, mother and grandmother. She dealt with the death of my parents, hers have not done very well. And then I had to worry about and what I’ve been going through the last few years. ‘
Bruce admitted that he is considering retiring as a result of some of the abuse he has received.
Bruce felt that some of the criticism against him was unfair and admitted that he was “very, very difficult” to handle.
He said: ‘When I got to Newcastle, I thought I could handle everything that was thrown at me, but it has been very, very difficult.
“ Never being really liked, feeling like people wanted him to fail, reading people constantly saying that he would fail, that he was useless, a huge waste of space, a stupid cabbage head, tactically inept or whatever. And it was from day one.
“When we were doing well in terms of results, it was’ yeah, but the football style is rubbish ‘or I was just’ lucky. ‘It was ridiculous and persistent, even when the results were good.’
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said he was ‘really sad’ to read Bruce’s statement after his departure
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta expressed his sympathy for Bruce, adding that fear of personal abuse is deterring managers from taking jobs.
Arteta said: ‘I was really sad after reading that statement from Steve.
“You are talking about someone who has been in the game for more than 40 years as a player and as a coach.
I think we have to reflect. We cannot take certain things for granted and accept because they are the way they are.
‘No, we are also here to improve and change them, as we do with any regulation, with any calendar and we have everything we want to improve for our sport, fans, stadium, facilities and broadcasts.
‘We are going to spend more time and we have an open table to discuss how we are going to do that because I think we have to think about the fact that one of the most experienced coaches in the history of England is telling you that in a letter.
“You can’t just ignore that, so to me, it’s a very serious statement and it’s something that has to change and has to start to change.”
Graeme Jones, who worked as Bruce’s assistant, has been put in temporary charge of Newcastle and was in charge of the 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Newcastle, who have yet to win a league game this season, are 19th in the table.