'Unfair' Steve Bruce criticism at Newcastle United won't stop Alex Bruce from following in his footsteps

Alex Bruce wants to follow his father Steve into management.

Steve Bruce.
Steve Bruce.

Bruce – who left Kilmarnock in January – called time on his playing career last month.

And Bruce is keen to follow in the footsteps of his dad, who was appointed head coach at Newcastle United last year – and has come in for regular criticism over the past 16 months.

“I do think some of the stick he gets is unfair – but it’s also unfair on a lot of the Premier League managers,” Bruce told the Daily Star. “When you come to the end of your playing career, like I am, going into coaching and management is the next best thing. I’d love the opportunity, but it has to be at the right club."

Bruce has stuck up for his father on social media – and rowed with one journalist last year.

Meanwhile, the 36-year-old announced his retirement in a social media post last month.

“Unfortunately, the day that every footballer dreads has come,” said Bruce. “The boots are being hung up and I am retiring from playing as of today.

“On the whole, it’s been an unbelievable 20 years since I left school at the age of 16, and I’ve had the privilege of playing for some great clubs. My time at Ipswich and Hull, in particular, hold very fond memories for me.

“I’m going to miss playing, as it’s without doubt the greatest job in the world. I now look forward to starting a new chapter.”