Steve Bruce starts work as Newcastle United manager in China

Steve Bruce has met his Newcastle United players in China.

Steve Bruce.
Steve Bruce.

The club’s new manager flew from England yesterday after signing a three-year deal at St James’s Park. Bruce – who had resigned from his post at Championship club Sheffield Wednesday – will take charge of the team for Saturday’s Premier League Asia Trophy game against West Ham United in Shanghai.

“There’s a huge challenge ahead of us, but it’s one that my staff and I are ready for,” said Bruce, a boyhood United fan. “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.”

The 58-year-old was filmed boarding the team bus outside the club’s hotel.

Newcastle’s pre-season campaign yesterday got off to a losing start. The team was beaten 4-0 by Wolverhampton Wanderers in Nanjing.