Newcastle sack Bruce

Steve Bruce considering retirement as he leaves Newcastle 13 days after the club’s takeover by a Saudi-led consortium; former Roma boss Paulo Fonseca has emerged as a contender to replace him as head coach; Graeme Jones will take charge on an interim bases.

Bruce was expected to be replaced after the Saudi Arabian-backed consortium, led by the Public Investment Fund (PIF), completed a £305m takeover of Newcastle on October 7.

The 60-year-old remained in charge for the 3-2 defeat to Tottenham – his 1,000th match as a manager – with non-executive chairman Yasir Al-Rumayyan and director Amanda Staveley watching on at St James’ Park.

The defeat left Newcastle second bottom of the Premier League and winless after their opening eight games of the campaign.

Newcastle said the process of recruiting a new head coach is under way, and Sky Sports News understands former Roma boss Paulo Fonseca has emerged as a contender.

Graeme Jones will lead the team on an interim basis, starting with Saturday’s trip to Crystal Palace.

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