What former Newcastle united manager Steve Bruce said about the club

Allan Saint-Maximin’s four-year contract with Newcastle United expired last month. Allan Saint-Maximin’s move to Saudi Pro League side Al-Ahli brought an end to the Frenchman’s four-year stint on Tyneside, which had both delighted and tormented him. Saint-Maximin was a fan favorite who, particularly during his first two seasons at the club, would win games and points on his own while the club battled relegation. Steve Bruce, who signed Saint-Maximin from Nice in 2019, recently revealed his plans for the winger, whom he characterized as a ‘acquired taste’. “Of course, we had Saint-Maximin who was ‘the one’ who could win me a game,” Bruce stated on the Up Front podcast with Simon Jordan. He had a bit of an acquired taste.”He liked football, but he was unique, and you had to feed his ego. I had to soothe his ego and control him because without him on the team, we would struggle to win.”

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Bruce’s career as manager at St James’ Park ended in October 2021, leaving the Magpies in the relegation zone following a winless start to the season. Saint-Maximin, who published a moving message on his social media accounts, was among those who praised Bruce for his efforts at the club.

‘You are without a doubt one of the most polite persons I have ever encountered in football. You have always kept your word, been a loving and fair man, and have never hesitated to protect us. I will never forget how you treated me, and I will be eternally thankful.’


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