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Tuesday 15 October 2019

Bruce opens with a TV horror show

Steve Bruce
Steve Bruce

Steve Bruce was given an early indication of the size of the task facing him at Newcastle as Wolves thrashed his new side 4-0 in China.

The former Manchester United defender was finally confirmed as the new manager of the Magpies yesterday after days of speculation.

With no time to fly out to Nanjing, the 58-year-old will have seen his team outplayed on TV by a Wolves side admittedly at a far more advanced stage of their pre-season preparations.

Newcastle conceded three times before half-time at the Olympic Sports Centre, with Diogo Jota striking twice either side of a Morgan Gibbs-White effort.

The Premier League Asia Trophy may only be an exhibition event, and the heat and humidity were oppressive, but Newcastle were a clear second best. Their poor night got even worse when substitute Thomas Allan headed into his own net late on.

Newcastle will now move on to Shanghai, where Bruce will hopefully link up with them, before playing their second match in the competition on Saturday.

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