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Steve Bruce put on zero-hours contract by Mike Ashley

Mike Ashley and Steve Bruce

Mike Ashley has sensationally put new Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce on a zero-hours contract.

Ashley, who controversially used zero-hours contracts for his Sports Direct employees, has now slapped one on Bruce.

It will allow him to sack the former Crystal Palace, Aston Villa, Hull City, Sheffield United, Sheffield Wednesday, Wigan (twice), Birmingham City, Sunderland and Huddersfield Town manager whenever he likes.

Bruce, 58, will have no idea how long he will be working for and have no job security whatsoever.

League Managers’ Association insider Lorraine Fisher, 34, said: “Mike Ashley has been a famous proponent of zero-hours contracts with Sports Direct.

“So, it makes sense for him to appoint Steve Bruce, who replaces Rafael Benitez at St James’ Park, on the same deal.

“Basically, when Newcastle are rock-bottom of the Premier League in October, Ashley can just get rid of Bruce for nothing.”

Newcastle fans still insist they are a huge club, despite not having won a domestic trophy since 1955. To put that into context, Ipswich Town have won the top division, the FA Cup and the UEFA Cup since then.

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