Newcastle were hammered 4-0 by Wolves in the Premier League Asia Trophy on the same day that Steve Bruce was announced as their new head coach.
The former Aston Villa and Hull manager was confirmed as Rafa Benitez’s replacement an hour and a half before kick-off at the Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre on Wednesday, but his new side started pre-season with a resounding defeat.
Wolves got off the mark with a fierce Diogo Jota shot in the 15th minute, before Morgan Gibbs-White (32) added a second in a similar fashion. Jota added his second in the 39th minute to see Wolves 3-0 ahead at half-time.
That looked to be their lot as the second half wore on, but with six minutes to play, forward Thomas Allan (84) headed into his own net to pile on the misery for Newcastle and give Bruce plenty to work on.
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