Newcastle star Saint-Maximin sends heartfelt message to Steve Bruce after axe

Newcastle United star Allan Saint-Maximin has sent a heartfelt message to former manager Steve Bruce after the 60-year-old left the club by mutual consent on Wednesday afternoon.

Following the £300m takeover by the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund, it was widely reported that Bruce would be relieved of his duties on Tyneside after a difficult start to the season.

The former Aston Villa boss was given the chance to manage his 1,000th game, in charge of his boyhood club, but will not be in the dugout for the trip to Selhurst Park at the weekend.

Newcastle have failed to win a single match in all competitions and sit three points off safety in the Premier League table.

Following his exit, Bruce admitted this might have been his last job in management.

Now, star man Saint-Maximin has come racing to the defence of his former gaffer with a heartfelt post on social media.

He said: "You are, without a doubt, one of the most gentle people that I have ever met in the world of football.

"You have been a man of your word, a caring man and a fair man who never hesitated to protect us. I will never forget how you treated me, for that I will be forever grateful

"It has been an honour and a privilege to have you as a coach, thank you Steve."

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The search will now begin for a long-term replacement as the new consortium eye to bring trophies and success to Tyneside.

With £320bn in the bank, supporters are expecting wholesale changes to the current set-up but know this is a project that will take time to develop.

Paulo Fonseca is one name who has been heavily linked with the vacancy, having held talks with the Saudis before the takeover had been rubber-stamped.

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The club has confirmed assistant manager Graeme Jones will take temporary charge of the team against Crystal Palace.

The club statement reads: "Graeme Jones will lead the team on an interim basis, starting with Saturday's trip to Crystal Palace, and will be supported by the coaching team of Steve Agnew, Stephen Clemence, Ben Dawson and Simon Smith.

"The process of recruiting a new head coach is under way and an appointment will be announced in due course."

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