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Pep Guardiola defended Steve Bruce after Newcastle departure

Pep Guardiola supported Steve Bruce as the former Newcastle United manager disclosed the abuse he received during his time in charge. Pep Guardiola defended Steve Bruce as an ‘amazing guy’ following his resignation from Newcastle United earlier this week.

Bruce departed Newcastle by mutual consent on Wednesday after a rocky start to the Premier League season, a decision that appeared to be on the cards following the conclusion of the club’s Saudi Arabian-backed ownership.

According to the Independent, addressing the media ahead of City’s trip to Brighton and Hove Albion, Guardiola said: “I read the post on Twitter and Instagram from Saint-Maximin. This is, for me, what Steve Bruce is – [he is] an exceptional gentleman. He always took care of me so nicely when I came here from Catalonia. I wish him all the best.”

“I’ll tell him ‘don’t pay much attention to the comments because it is bull****.’ Steve Bruce and all other managers want to do the best; sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. He does not have to worry. I’m pretty sure all the people in Newcastle – the board and especially the players – know exactly what Steve is.”

It was a sentiment echoed by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, who told a news conference: “Is it social media? Don’t read it, don’t watch it, especially not in average or bad periods. That’s the best advice you can give to every manager in the world. I’m really sorry for Steve Bruce if that happened. I think the most important skill in modern football for a manager is to not let criticism get too close to you or just ignore it. That’s what I do.”

Asked if such harsh criticism could possibly lead potential managers to stay away from coaching, Benitez said: “Not for me at Newcastle or here at Everton. You have to accept that in football if you win, everything is fine, if you lose, you can lose your job. This is the situation for many years, in a lot of countries. My relationship with the Newcastle fans is fantastic, my relationship with the people in the city was very good so I have good memories. At the same time, I do not want to see any manager lose his job, that is the only thing I can say.”

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