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Live Reporting

By Jonathan Jurejko

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    #bbcfootball or text 81111 (UK only)

    Nev Carman: Time to get behind the team and give Bruce a chance. Newcastle teaming with home supporters. Don’t see much evidence of a boycott.

    Michael Mueller: As a Newcastle fan I’m happy to see Benitez go. No ambition whatsoever and his constant refusal to play attacking football was disgraceful.

  2. Breaking team news

    Leicester v Wolves (14:00 BST)

    £30m man Ayoze Perez starts for Leicester, Patrick Cutrone on the Wolves bench.

    Full deets on the way.

  3. Breaking team news

    Newcastle v Arsenal (14:00 BST)

    Arsenal are happy with their summer business - but Nicolas Pepe, David Luiz and Dani Ceballos must wait for their debuts. All three are on the bench.

    Newcastle striker Joelinton - a club record £40m signing - starts for the hosts.

    Javier Manquillo (left) and Joelinton arrive at St. James' Park
  4. Post update

    Bong! The clock strikes one and that means team news is incoming...

  5. Get involved

    Tweet #bbcfootball or text 81111

    Six teams in action today and I want to hear from fans of all of them.

    Hopes? Fears? Dreams? Nightmares?

    How are you feeling about the next nine months?

    Tweet #bbcfootball or text 81111. Don't leave me furiously hitting refresh in the hope of seeing some messages.

  6. Post update

    Leicester v Wolves (14:00 BST)

    Leicester City fans

    Anyone else (I'm talking to neutral supporters here) quite excited to see how Leicester fare this season under Brendan Rodgers? Lots of young talent which you'd expect the former Liverpool and Celtic to give a licence to thrill, plus a solid spine of experienced players in Kasper Schmeichel, Jonny Evans and Jamie Vardy.

    An eyebrow or two was raised when they splashed out £30m for Newcastle forward Ayoze Perez but apparently he's looked as sharp as his skin-fade haircut in pre-season.

    Definitely one on the fantasy football radar...

  7. Post update

    Thought the three-time world snooker champion was a Leicester fan?

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    #bbcfootball or text 81111 (UK only)

    Mark Selby: Arsenal’s turn now to kick off our season! Great kit, great attack, great optimism... until kick off where it will be back to normal for us with defeat

  9. Post update

    What kind of reception will Bruce get? Not the sort which Rafa Benitez got in what proved to be his final match at the end of last season, I'd imagine.

    And how many fans will be at St James' Park? Plenty are expected to be heading to a major sports shop in the city centre.

    There isn't a flash sale of footy boots and running trainers...

    Fans make their way to the stadium
  10. Post update

    Sterling service, memorable goals, countless trophies... the positions of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Frank Lampard as club heroes aren't likely to change even if their managerial spells at Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge end in disaster.

    Steve Bruce, on the other hand, never played for Newcastle - but he is a boyhood fan having grown up watching the Magpies.

    However, it has not been a popular appointment despite his black and white blood...

  11. Post update

    You've got the club in your blood. They come calling. You can't turn them down, can you?

    Steve Bruce

    Doubts must creep in.

    'What if I fail?'

    'The fans might turn on me.'

    'My legacy might tainted.'

    Frank Lampard

    But there is only ever going to be one response when the chief exec gives you a bell...

    'When do I start?'

    Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer