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BBC Newcastle’s Newcastle United commentator Matthew Raisbeck

While is hard to see how Newcastle could have found an upgrade on Rafael Benitez, many supporters are rather underwhelmed by the idea of Steve Bruce taking over.

With the departure of the hugely popular Spaniard, and the fact takeover talks between owner Mike Ashley and Sheikh Khaled appeared to have stalled, it has been a frustrating summer for United’s fans – many of whom are now in rebellious mood and have called for a boycott of St James’ Park until Ashley leaves.

Bruce has been a contender for the job in the past and there is little doubt he will be determined to do the best he can for the club he supports.

He will also be less political than Benitez, who regularly clashed with the club over its recruitment policy, in particular, during his three years in charge.

But, the vastly experienced 58-year-old has a huge job on his hands to prepare the Magpies for the new campaign.

They have already lost strikers Salomon Rondon and Ayoze Perez – responsible for 23 of their 42 Premier League goals last season – plus midfielders Mo Diame and Kenedy from their playing squad.

And, with less than a month until the transfer window closes, they are the only top-flight club yet to make a signing.
“Less political” is probably the best accolade there.

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