Steve Bruce has said he is “incredibly proud” to be the new Newcastle United manager.

The 58-year-old has left Championship side Sheffield Wednesday, along with his assistants Steve Agnew and Stephen Clemence, in a move that has raised eyebrows.

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Bruce, who has previously managed the likes of Sunderland, Hull City and Aston Villa, has signed an initial three-year deal with the Magpies.

He has told their official club website today: “I’m delighted and incredibly proud to be appointed as head coach of Newcastle United. This is my boyhood club and it was my dad’s club so this is a very special moment for me and my family”.

“There is a huge challenge ahead of us, but it’s one that my staff and I are ready for. We’ll roll our sleeves up and we’ll be giving it everything from the off to ensure supporters have a successful team that they can be proud of.”

Newcastle’s managing director, Lee Charnley, said: “Steve has a deep affection for Newcastle United and we are very pleased that a coach with his vast experience and connections to the club and the city has joined us.”

“Steve knows what this club means to the supporters and to the region and he will put his heart and soul into leading our talented group of players with the full support of our staff.”

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Sheffield Wednesday search for a new boss is underway. The72 have picked out an updated five candidates, with the likes of Ginafranco Zola and Gary Rowett in there.