Bruce said after his sacking his time at Newcastle was filled with abuse and was branded “useless, a fat waste of space, a stupid, tactically inept cabbage-head”
Pep Guardiola has told Steve Bruce not to listen to the “bull****” after his abrupt sacking by Newcastle earlier this week.
Bruce was relieved of his duties at St. James’ Park after his 1000th game in management was his first and last act under the club’s new owners.
Speaking directly after his dismissal, which the club claimed was “by mutual consent”, Bruce opened up on the harsh abuse he received from Newcastle fans who “wanted me to fail” and how his treatment had an effect on his family.
Newcastle star Allan Saint-Maximin posted a touching tribute on social media in response, and Guardiola has now sent his own message to Bruce.
“I read the post on Twitter from Allan Saint-Maximin and this for me is what Steve Bruce is, he is an exceptional gentleman,” Guardiola said. “He always took care of me, I wish him all the best.
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“I’ll tell him don’t pay attention to the comments because it is bull****.
“Steve Bruce and all other managers want to try do the best, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. He does not have to worry.
“I’m pretty sure everyone in Newcastle, especially the players, know who Steve is. I wish him well. All the best, hopefully I can see him soon.”
Guardiola is not the only manager who has shown their support for Bruce, with Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta describing the situation as “really, really sad” and revealing a number of coaches are being put off by the hostility.
Asked whether he enjoys his role, Guardiola replied: “We are incredibly criticised, more than the worst in society, because we don’t win games, it’s as simple as that.
“I’m treated good because we win sometimes, I’m treated bad because we lose. I love it, I love it. I pay no single attention.
“I know as a manager the success is because we have done it, not I have done it. From CEO, our incredible workers, the staff and backroom staff the success is because we have done it.
“It’s difficult to understand football is collective, never have I thought I win a game. I win the games because my mates help me.”
Guardiola’s tactic is one employed by Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and Manchester United’s Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, both of whom claim they ignore any abuse.
Klopp said at his press conference on Friday: “I am really sorry for Steve if that happened and when he responded to it he was aware of it.
“I think that’s one of the most important skills in modern football for a manager (is) either way not to let criticism to get too close to you or just ignore it. That’s what I do.
“So far in my career, I never felt it maybe like Brucey felt it now.”
At his own press briefing, Solskjaer said: “We all have our own ways of dealing with criticism but we’re in a high profile position and you’re always going to get good comments, bad comments, you cannot let yourself be too affected, as Steve alluded to, it might be affecting others around you more than yourself, which filters through to you.”
Bruce has already suggested his stint at Newcastle will be his last job in football, while the club’s owners have begun their search for a replacement.
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