#BruceOut already trending on Twitter

Steve Bruce is now Newcastle United's head coach Credit: PA Images

News that Steve Bruce will succeed Rafael Benitez at Newcastle United has not gone down well with many of the clubs fans or the 'Twittersphere'.

The hashtag #BruceOut was a top regional trend on Twitter within hours of Bruce's appointment.

Several fans took to Twitter using the hashtag to express their disappointment at Bruce being given the head coach role.

Not everyone was critical of Bruce's appointment, with the Geordie receiving some well wishes from fellow former professionals.