DAVID BECKHAM was one of ‘tonnes of friends’ who told Steve Bruce to take the Newcastle job.
Toon legend Alan Shearer advised against succeeding Rafa Benitez at St James’ Park.
1 Newcastle boss Steve Bruce with old pal David BeckhamCredit: Getty
But Bruce decided quickly he wanted the job — and his former Manchester United team-mate endorsed it.
Asked if any friends told him to take the post, Bruce said: “Yeah, tonnes of them.
“I don’t want to mention names but David Beckham was one of them. I’ll have to show my daughter that text.”
Bruce believes even Shearer will understand why he could not turn the job down, after doing just that in 2004.
The former Sheffield Wednesday boss said: “He’s a big friend and a big Newcastle fan but I had no hesitation.
“I’d heard I was on their list. When it became real there was no hesitation. I had to have a crack.”
Bruce insisted he will not be a puppet for owner Mike Ashley and will have the final say on where money is spent.
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They badly need new forwards after Salomon Rondon, Joselu and Ayoze Perez left, with Hoffenheim’s Joelinton a potential target.
Bruce added: “You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to see where we are light.
“We’re going to need at least three or four in.
“The whole club is geared up to do that.”