Pep Guardiola blasts "bulls***" after Steve Bruce sacked as Newcastle manager

Pep Guardiola has hit out at Steve Bruce’s haters, labelling the abuse directed towards him as “bulls***”.

The Manchester City boss made his feelings well known as he came out in support of fellow manager Bruce following his Newcastle sacking on Wednesday.

Shortly after being dismissed, the 60-year-old revealed he had been called “useless, a fat waste of space and a tactically inept cabbage head”.

Bruce also stated he was considering retirement after the abuse received during his time as Newcastle head coach had taken its toll on his family.

Following the confirmation of Bruce’s departure, Newcastle star Saint-Maximin tweeted: “You are, without a doubt, one of the most gentle people that I have ever met in the world of football.

“You have been a man of your word, a caring man and a fair man who never hesitated to protect us. I will never forget how you treated me, for that I will be forever grateful.

“It has been an honour and a privilege to have you as a coach, thank you Steve.”

And now City boss Guardiola has echoed Saint-Maximin’s words while launching an X-rated rant towards the perpetrators leading the abuse towards the former Newcastle manager.

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"I read the post on Twitter from Allan Saint-Maximin and this for me is what Steve Bruce is, he is an exceptional gentleman,” declared Guardiola. "He always took care of me, I wish him all the best.

“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."

With Newcastle currently 19th in the Premier League and winless in their opening eight games, Bruce was dismissed less than a fortnight after the Magpies’ £305million Saudi Arabian-backed takeover, within days of taking charge of his 1,000th game in management last weekend.

Graham Jones will now take charge of the team on an interim basis while the search for a new manager goes on, with Paulo Fonseca favourite for the job.

Newcastle face a trip to South London on Saturday where they take on Crystal Palace as the search for a first win of the Premier League season continues.

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