New Newcastle boss Steve Bruce has admitted that it will be difficult to follow in the footsteps of Rafael Benitez but is hoping that supporters will give him a chance to succeed. Bruce was appointed as manager of the Magpies this summer after Rafael Benitez opted to leave the club after his contract came to an end.
“Whoever was going to stand here had difficult shoes to fill and Rafa was very, very popular – unbelievably popular with the supporters,” Bruce told Sky Sports News.
“All I’ve said to the supporters is, ‘look, give me a chance, judge me on what you see’. They’re unbelievably loyal and that’s what makes this great club.
“They turn out in their thousands week-in and week-out. I hope I can give them something to shout about and I hope they enjoy watching the new players because we have brought in two or three very, very good players.
“We hope we’re not finished and then I hope they judge me over the period of time that any manager obviously asks for.”