‘A caring, fair man’ - Newcastle United hero Allan Saint-Maximin pays tribute to Steve Bruce on social media

Newcastle United forward Allan Saint-Maximin has paid tribute former boss Steve Bruce after the head coach left the club by ‘mutual consent’.

Saint-Maximin, signed in the first summer of Bruce’s time at the club, although not by the man himself, has excelled for United in the last two and a half years, dazzling with his skills, goals and assists.

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And while reports of tension between player and manager were common, particularly in the early days of Bruce’s tenure, the Frenchman has paid glowing tribute to the former Manchester United legend.

Saint-Maximin took to Twitter to say: “You are, without a doubt, one of the most gentle people that I have ever met in the world of football. You have been a man of your word, a caring man and a fair man who never hesitated to protect us. I will never forget how you treated me, for that I will be forever grateful.

“It has been an honour and a privilege to have you as a coach, thank you Steve .”

Those Saint-Maximin tweets...