Shearer himself had a short-lived spell as manager under Mike Ashley
While many fans celebrated the news of Bruce’s exit from St James’ Park on Wednesday morning as Newcastle’s new ownership began to reshape the club, Shearer used social media to pay tribute to the outgoing manager.
“I know how tough it was for any manager at Newcastle for the last 14 年,” Shearer wrote. “I also know how badly Steve & his family wanted it to work. In difficult circumstances for everybody, he kept #NUFC up for two seasons.
“It’s a new era now, but thank you, スティーブ, for your effort & commitment.”
Bruce’s departure had been expected since the Saudi Arabian-backed consortium completed their takeover of the club a little under two weeks ago.
Though he took charge of 日曜日 3-2 home defeat to Tottenham – his 1,000th game as a manager – Bruce made it clear himself he knew the clock was ticking.
Bruce had guided Newcastle to 13th and 12th placed finishes during his two full seasons in charge, but had long been unpopular with the fans, with criticism only increasing amid a winless start to this season which has left the Magpies second bottom in the table.
Ex-Newcastle defender Steve Howey told Sky Sports News Bruce’s exit was “inevitable” but added that much of the criticism he had faced from fans was over the top.
“Steve Bruce himself was more or less realistic about the situation," 彼は言った. “We all know when new owners come in they will be looking to change things around and that includes the manager.
“It might have been slightly different if results had been decent but a lot of Newcastle fans had lost patience with the manager purely and simply because results have not been great. I think it was something like seven wins in the last 37 and we haven’t won this season…
“It comes as no surprise. Steve was very spiky, and fair play to him, when he did his interviews with the press on Friday and it will hurt because some of the criticism overstepped the mark for me.
"はい, you get criticism when results don’t go your way but I thought some of it was way over the top and uncalled for because it was personal.
“But Steve will come back. He can have a break with his lovely family and come back refreshed and look for another challenge.”