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Name Steve Bruce
Gender Male
Ethnic English
Job English Footballer
Desc Alex Ferguson’s defensive lieutenant captained United to three Premier League titles during the 90s, scoring two famous late headers against Sheffield Wednesday to win United’s first title for 26 years. He is widely considered the greatest Englishman never to have represented his country


Club as Coach Newcastle United
  Hull City
Club as Player Manchester United

2012 01 Retrieve

[Quotes on Didier Drogba] Didier Drogba has been the best centre forward of his type, certainly in the Premier League, for the past eight years

2013 11 05 Retrieve

[Steve Bruce on Paul Scholes] He’s the best player in Britain in my opinion and he has to get himself fit just before we are due to play at Old Trafford. I cannot pay Paul a bigger compliment than to say that he’s the most complete footballer in the country. The best bar none

2014 03 09 Retrieve

[Hull might console themselves with the fact that a top-four finish for Arsenal will bring Europa League football to the KC Stadium next season, but they must first concentrate on finishing their survival mission] I’m not really interested in Wembley just yet. We’ve got to stay in this league and let Wembley look after itself. We’ve got to concentrate on the next few games and make sure we get over the line. We haven’t done it yet, we’re not safe. We’ve still got a bit of work to do

Towards the end it was very easy for them but the first half was the best we’ve played for weeks. I couldn’t have been more pleased but we find ourselves 2-0 down. Sometimes it is cruel but that’s what the big league’s all about

2015 08 20 Retrieve

[Steve Bruce on Thierry Henry] He’s a fantastic talent and the complete footballer, probably the most coveted in the Premiership. It’s a privilege for the rest of us to be on the same field. If I could have anything I wanted for Christmas, I’d take Thierry Henry

2015 12 30 Retrieve

[on Sir Alex Ferguson] He will be up there with the greats – the Bill Shanklys, Bob Paisleys, Sir Matt Busby, Sir Alf Ramseys. If you look back at what Fergie has won, he stands above them all. [. . .] He is the most outstanding manager there has ever been. Whatever era you are in, to manage Manchester United for 24 years and win the trophies he has won is incredible. He has won everything – 11 titles, loads of FA Cups, Carling Cups and the European Cup. The list goes on and on. I don’t think anyone else will ever come anywhere near it

2016 02 12 Retrieve

[on Jose Mourinho] Jose Mourinho is without doubt bordering on greatness. When you talk about the great managers Jose is going to be one of them

2017 04 21 Retrieve

[Ugo Ehiogu: Former England defender dies after suffering cardiac arrest] I had so much admiration for him as a fellow centre-half. He was uncompromising, quick and gave his all every single week - he was a great defender. All the football world will be saddened.

2017 11 21 Retrieve

[Aston Villa 2-1 Sunderland] We didn’t play very well at all but we found a way to win which is important. It’s very difficult for Chris. When I walked in here (Villa) my fear was you’re not too big to go down, we’ve seen it, but he is ready for the challenge and I hope he pulls them through

2019 07 25 Retrieve

[Steve Bruce is looking to bring another four fresh faces into his Newcastle squad, with there more funds available after the club-record signing of Joelinton] Ideally we would like another three or four, but numbers I can’t really put on it because one or two always fall away. But we will do our utmost

2019 07 25b Retrieve

[Steve Bruce has offered an update on Newcastle’s pursuit of Nice winger Allan Saint-Maximin] I don’t think it’s on the verge of happening but it’s somebody we have looked at, it’s somebody we have identified and we will see what happens

2019 07 25c Retrieve

[Newcastle manager Steve Bruce has said he is confident that his club will not sell prized midfielder Sean Longstaff to Manchester United this summer] We don’t want to sell our best young players, that’s for sure. So that won’t happen. I’m very confident [Longstaff will stay].

2019 08 08 Retrieve

[Steve Bruce welcomes Andy Carroll back to the club, pointing to his potential on the field, as well as his connection to the community] To bring a local hero like Andy back to Newcastle United is fantastic. He is very excited to be home. He is a big physical threat in the opposition box and another great option for us at the top end of the pitch. He gives us something different to what we already have and we’ll do our best to get him flying again

2019 11 09 Retrieve

[Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce has praised Granit Xhaka but stopped short of confirming that he was interested in signing the Arsenal midfielder] Granit Xhaka? Look, I was only in the job two weeks and I was linked with 42 players. So I am not going to comment on anybody else’s players. He is a very good player

2019 12 13 Retrieve

[Steve Bruce on just why Allan Saint-Maximim (such an enjoyable name to say) will be out for a month] He pulled his hamstring doing 38.6 kilometres per hour in the 96th minute. I don’t think anyone’s run that fast in the Premier League ever before so what can you do?

2019 12 21 Retrieve

[World Cup winner and West Ham legend Martin Peters has died aged 76] He was a complete gentleman. I had the pleasure to play against him when I was young and he was at the end of his career and he gave me a lesson in how to be a footballer. They don’t make them like him any more - he was a great, great player

2019 12 24 Retrieve

[The day Mark Hughes managed Man City despite having been sacked and replaced by Roberto Mancini] I can’t understand the logic of Man City appointing a foreign manager with no experience of this league

2019 12 26 Retrieve

[After his second goal of the season, both against Manchester United, Steve Bruce was asked about Matty Longstaff’s future. The Newcastle United manager conceded he’d like to keep the 18-year-old midfielder, but that it was out of his hands] That’s for people to sort out. I’d like to of course

2020 01 25 Retrieve

[Newcastle boss Steve Bruce drops Rose hint] The kid’s a quality player and a class act. Whether it’s possible, who knows

2020 06 25 Retrieve

[Newcastle manager Steve Bruce on Javier Manquillo and Andy Carroll] I’m delighted Javier Manquillo and Andy Carroll have extended their contracts longer term. They have both made important contributions this season and I’m really pleased we can continue to call on them beyond the summer.

2020 06 27 Retrieve

[Steve Bruce wants Newcastle to replicate Premier League performances against Manchester City] The mindset has got to be the same. Whenever you play Manchester City, you know that you’re going to have to be at your best.

They’ve got some of the best players in the world performing and that’s what makes them pretty formidable, especially the way they play. Whether it’s the FA Cup, whatever competition it’s in, Manchester City these days are the real deal, so we’re going to have to be at our best. We managed to be somewhere close to it earlier in the season, let’s hope we can reproduce that and see if we can pull off a shock

[Newcastle returned to action after football’s lockdown with an impressive 3-0 over European hopefuls Sheffield United] We’ve put a decent little run together out of lockdown to come and get four points out of six. We might even have made it six out of six, but a rare defensive lapse unfortunately and we conceded a goal. But overall, I’ve been very, very pleased with the way we are

2020 06 28 Retrieve

[Newcastle United were knocked out of the FA Cup by Manchester City on Sunday, but Steve Bruce clearly liked what he saw from Kevin De Bruyne. Interrupting De Bruyne’s post-match interview with City’s club media, Newcastle boss Bruce grabbed a grinning De Bruyne and told the reporter] He’s going to stay here. He’s going to stay here, come here - that’s an exclusive out of Newcastle tonight. He’s had enough of Manchester City and he’s going to come and play for Newcastle

[Newcastle could soon be in a position to make more expensive signings with a controversial Saudi takeover still being investigated by the Premier League] I think everybody needs a bit of clarity. And if I am led to believe it is the Premier League that are stalling all of the negotiations then they have to come and make a decision sooner or later. It is not healthy for anybody. As I have said for me personally, and we have another game on Wednesday now and we have a wonderful opportunity. We can’t use that [the takeover] as an excuse but we need a bit of clarity and get it put to bed one way or another

2020 06 29 Retrieve

[Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling booked Manchester City’s place in the last four of the FA Cup with a 2-0 win at Newcastle] When you’re playing against teams like this, you can’t make the type of mistake we have done for the penalty. Unfortunately, we gave a poor, poor penalty away and it’s difficult enough because of the ability they’ve got. In the second half, we were much better and brighter, and the big turning point - could we have made it a really good cup tie had we equalised? Who knows whether we would have been able to go on from there, but we were certainly better in the second half

2020 06 29b Retrieve

[Steve Bruce has called on the Premier League to provide clarity on the proposed Saudi-backed takeover of Newcastle] I think everybody needs a bit of clarity. And if I am led to believe it’s the Premier League that are stalling all of the negotiations then they have to come and make a decision sooner or later. It is not healthy for anybody. We have another game on Wednesday [at Bournemouth] and have a wonderful opportunity [to climb the league table]. We can’t use that [the takeover] as an excuse but we need a bit of clarity and get it put to bed one way or another

2020 06 30 Retrieve

[Steve Bruce jokes Kevin De Bruyne is looking at houses in Newcastle] I believe he’s looking for houses up on the coastline. He enjoys being by the sea. He hasn’t got that in Manchester, so we’ll see if we can find him something by the sea. It was tongue-in-cheek and I think people have taken it the right way. How wonderful would it be to have a player like that at Newcastle? What a fantastic footballer he is

[De Bruyne marked his 29th birthday with the opening goal in the game from the penalty spot before Raheem Sterling wrapped up victory, but only after Newcastle substitute Dwight Gayle had passed up a glorious opportunity to equalise] Look, Dwight has been in the game long enough. He’s always been somebody who can score a goal and along the way, you are going to miss them and of course big chances like that […] But knowing Dwight the way I do, he’ll come out and he’ll train this morning and look to put it right tomorrow. That’s the type of character he is

2020 07 01 Retrieve

[Steve Bruce on Newcastle’s schedule: It’s tough but bring it on] Look, it’s the same for all of us, we’ll all be saying the same thing. It’s a time where we will be using a few of the other players who are fresher and I think that’s vitally important. It’s different and it’s very difficult to manage, but the one thing about it is we’re all in the same boat, the games are coming thick and fast - so let’s bring it on

I think when you look at the Premier League results, certainly it’s mirroring the Bundesliga a little bit where there’s more wins away from home than there actually is at home. [Bournemouth are] fighting for their lives, we know what to expect. We’ve got some big games against the bottom teams and the top teams, so let’s be ready for the challenge of Bournemouth because they’re desperate for a few points

[When asked if his team had enough points in the bag to avoid relegation themselves] We’ve got to a certain level, yeah, but it’s Newcastle. You can never count your chickens, can you? We’ve given ourselves a really decent platform with six or seven games to go. Over the last five years, we’ve averaged something like 42 points. Let’s see if we can finish above that; that’s the aim for everybody now. Let’s see where we can finish - can we have a strong finish and see where that takes us?

2020 07 05 Retrieve

[Mark Gillespie: Newcastle United sign former Motherwell goalkeeper] We’re very pleased to welcome Mark aboard. He was here when he was young and has gone on to do very well. He’ll give us really healthy competition with our goalkeepers and we wish him the very best of luck

2020 07 03 Retrieve

[Matty Longstaff: Steve Bruce hoping to convince Newcastle midfielder to stay following Udinese offer] Matty (Longstaff)? I have got a meeting this (Friday) afternoon with him. I am hoping that will be positive. We are still hoping we can overcome something. We don’t want to be losing our young players, we don’t want to be losing our best players. It’s important we try and get over the line with Matty because he is a young player from the area. We don’t want to lose him. We are seeing a lot now of young players being tempted abroad. I hope Matty stays and sees his career is here in Newcastle

We’ve extended them (loans) to the end of the season. The difficulty is for all of us as clubs now is; when are we starting again? Where are the finances at? We haven’t really had that conversation yet, we are all delighted just to get back playing. They are the talking points of us going forward. We’ll have those conversations over the next two, three, four, five weeks. It doesn’t help with takeover talk in the background. That’s why we want that little bit of clarity because we need to keep moving forward