Newcastle urged to reconsider “terrible” Steve Bruce sacking by Gus Poyet

Since last week, Newcastle have been linked with some of the world’s best players and managers, however, Gus Poyet has said that sacking Steve Bruce would be “terrible” for the club

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Former Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has called for Newcastle United not to sack Steve Bruce despite being linked with some of Europe’s top managers.

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The Magpies became one of the wealthiest clubs in the world last week as Mike Ashley sold them to a Saudi-led consortium.

The group, Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, are approximately worth £320billion, which makes them £100bn richer than the Qatar Investment Authority who own Ligue 1 outfit Paris Saint-Germain.

Newcastle ’s newfound wealth should mean that they are able to be able to challenge for European football in the next few years and it is only a matter of time before they get their hands on a piece of silverware too.

Gus Poyet has called for Newcastle not to sack Steve Bruce

As a result, many are calling for manager Bruce to be sacked in favour of a more successful manager taking charge.

But former Brighton manager Poyet thinks that it would be unfair considering he is about to be in the dugout for his 1000th game ever, hosting Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

Speaking on talkSPORT, the Uruguayan said: “It would be terrible… I don’t think there will be any sentiments.”

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Discussing what it is like to be sacked, he continued: ”The feeling is terrible. We’re all different, I don’t know how Steve will take it but it’s a terrible feeling. To go in in the morning and by lunchtime, you could be gone…

“You know what is the worst part [for Bruce]? You’ve probably been coaching your whole life to have that chance to spend £150million and then when he’s that close, maybe he goes!

“I think sometimes you get used to it but it still hurts a lot when it happens. I remember my first or second sacking, it was difficult for me.”

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After four years with Brighton, Poyet was sacked in 2013. Famously, he was working as a pundit for BBC Three’s coverage of the Spain versus Nigeria match in the Confederations Cup when he claimed he first heard that the Seagulls released a statement about his contract termination.

The former Chelsea player then spoke of what it is like when you are shown the door.

“I go into hiding for four or five days, you don’t want to go out and for people to ask you about it because either you can’t say or it’s something bad.

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“Unfortunately we can’t get used to that part of the game.”

The Magpies have been linked with several big-name coaches over the past few days, with Antonio Conte and Steven Gerrard both reportedly being shortlisted for the job.

However, former Premier League forward Darren Bent has thrown two different names into the ring: “You’re hearing about some of the names that are being linked now, top-end coaches like Conte and people like that,” the former Black Cats striker told the talkSPORT Breakfast.

Steve Bruce (Hull) and Gus Poyet (Sunderland) have clashed on the side-lines previously

“Who gets Newcastle to that point? You can’t get him straight away as Newcastle are second-bottom in the table.

“I heard the Lampard shout, but I’d probably go for Graham Potter or Brendan Rodgers, I’d put both them two above him.”

The latter is currently the bookies favourite to take over at St James Park if Bruce is sacked, but it remains to be seen who the board feel is the best person for the job.

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