Sir Alex Ferguson was consulted by Steve Bruce on how to handle the Newcastle crisis.

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Sir Alex Ferguson was consulted by Steve Bruce on how to handle the Newcastle crisis.

After weeks of speculation surrounding the Saudi ownership of the club, the former Manchester United defender stepped down as manager of the Magpies on Wednesday.

Steve Bruce is said to have sought Sir Alex Ferguson’s counsel on how to deal with the scandal surrounding his final days as Newcastle United manager.

Following the Saudi-led acquisition earlier this month, there had been rising speculation over Bruce’s future at the club before he left by mutual consent on Wednesday.

According to the Sun, Bruce sought counsel from his old manager on how to handle media headlines and inquiries about his future with the Magpies.

Ferguson, who coached Bruce to over 250 appearances and three league titles, is said to have advised his former captain to persevere.

Bruce stayed in command for the 3-2 loss to Tottenham Hotspur at St. James’ Park last weekend, but was fired on Wednesday, with assistant Graeme Jones taking over in the interim.

Jones was in charge of Saturday’s match against Crystal Palace, where Callum Wilson’s acrobatic striker rescued the club’s first point since Mike Ashley’s departure.

Former Roma manager Paulo Fonseca is the latest high-profile contender connected with the job of replacing Bruce, with conversations with the club reportedly taking place.

Bruce claimed that the stress of the Newcastle job and the uncertainty around his future had “taken its toll” on him and his family after he left the club earlier this week.

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Since his departure, Bruce has been lauded for leading the team to two mid-table finishes in his two full seasons in command.

“I know how tough it was for any manager at Newcastle for the last 14 years,” Newcastle great Alan Shearer posted on Twitter.

“I’m also aware of Steve’s and his family’s strong desire for it to succeed. He kept NUFC afloat for two seasons under challenging circumstances for everyone.

“It’s a different period today, but thank you, Steve, for all of your hard work and dedication.”

Meanwhile, Allan Saint-Maximin, one of Bruce’s Newcastle acquisitions, praised him as a “caring man” in a parting message on social media.

“Without a doubt, you are one of the most polite persons I have ever met in the world of football,” the flamboyant Frenchman wrote.

“You have always been a man of your word, a compassionate and fair man who has never hesitated to defend us.” I’ll never forget how you made me feel. The news is summarized by Brinkwire.

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