Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce admits he has “big shoes to fill” as he steps in to replace fan-favourite Rafa Benitez, but is determined to prove his doubters wrong.
Bruce took charge of Newcastle on Wednesday as unhappy supporters took to social media to vent their anger over club owner Mike Ashley’s running of the club.
The Twitter hashtag #BruceOut was trending already after the announcement, while online bookmaker Betway posted odds of 6/4 for him to be fired before the end of the campaign.
Bruce, who was born near Newcastle and supported the club as a boy, has flown to China to meet his players.
“I’m like every other Geordie, I’ve lived the dream,” Bruce told NUFC TV in Shanghai, where Newcastle will face West Ham United in the Premier League Asia Trophy on Saturday.