Steve Bruce was finally shown the door by Newcastle United this week, much to the joy of many of the club’s supporters.

The manager had been seen as someone holding the club back, despite his efforts to keep them in the Premier League. Bruce’s association with Mike Ashley didn’t help, with some fans believing he could have been more hostile to the club’s previous owners.

Bruce has revealed the abuse he got from some had a big impact on him and those close to him. The pressure became so much that he’s now questioning his future in the game, and the Newcastle job could be his last.

Whilst there was a lot of joy coming out of the Newcastle area following Bruce’s exit, it wasn’t universal.

Indeed, the club’s star player, Allan Saint-Maximin, quickly took to social media to express his thanks towards someone he believes has been very important in his career.

Saint-Maximin hasn’t always seen eye to eye with his managers, so that he found a friend in Bruce was all the more important for him.

Speaking to Canal+ this weekend, the player made his upset clear.

FootMercato quote him as saying: “It’s very difficult for me, he’s a coach who was very sincere with me and I was sincere with him. He helped me a lot in every sense of the word, he came to pick me up when I was in Nice. He was always honest with me, he trusted me, he always had the right words.

“We always talk about a lot of things in football, but the human side is really important to me and his departure is very difficult. Even more when I know that he was not necessarily treated with his fair value.”