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Bruce joins group of five-club managers

24 Jul 2019
Steve Bruce, Newcastle United

Only two men have taken charge of more Premier League teams than Newcastle United's head coach

Steve Bruce has joined an exclusive group of Premier League managers after his appointment at Newcastle United.

The 58-year-old was named head coach at St James' Park last week having previously taken charge of Birmingham City, Wigan Athletic, Sunderland and Hull City in the top flight.

It means on the opening weekend of 2019/20, Bruce will become one of only six men to have taken charge of five or more clubs in the Premier League.

Only Mark Hughes and Sam Allardyce have exceeded his total, while Allardyce is the only other manager to have taken charge of both north-east rivals Newcastle and Sunderland.

Most clubs managed in Premier League
Manager Clubs Manager Clubs
Sam Allardyce 7 Chris Hughton 4
Mark Hughes 6 David Moyes
Steve Bruce 5 Graeme Souness
Alan Pardew Neil Warnock
Harry Redknapp Ron Atkinson
Roy Hodgson    

Bruce has been absent from the top flight for the last four seasons since his Hull side were relegated in 2014/15.

But he can now add to his total of 392 matches as a manager in the competition.

That tally puts him seventh on the all-time list, meaning he has taken charge of the most Premier League matches of all active managers.

Most matches as a PL manager
Manager Matches Manager  Matches
Arsene Wenger 828 Mark Hughes 466
Sir Alex Ferguson 810 Steve Bruce 392
Harry Redknapp 641 Martin O'Neill 359
David Moyes 526 Rafael Benitez 340
Sam Allardyce 512 Alan Curbishley 328

When Bruce's 148 Premier League appearances as a Manchester United defender are added, his total rises to 540.

That is the joint-third highest total for those to have both played and managed in the competition.

His former United team-mates Hughes and Ryan Giggs lead the way with 763 and 636 respectively but only four of Giggs's matches came as a manager.

Bruce's first Premier League opponents in charge of his boyhood club are Arsenal, who were also Bruce's first opponents as a Premier League manager when his Birmingham side lost 2-0 at Highbury in August 2002.

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