Watford boss Claudio Ranieri has offered his support to Steve Bruce after he was sacked by Newcastle United.
Bruce parted ways with Newcastle on Wednesday on mutual consent after just two years in charge following the takeover, with the new owners deciding to let him go.
And Ranieri faced similar scrutiny over his job at Chelsea when Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich bought the Blues in 2003 and, despite lasting a whole season, he was sacked following a second-place finish and Champions League semi-final appearance.
Speaking ahead of Saturday’s trip to Everton, the Italian said: "No I haven’t spoken to him, not yet but I want to congratulate him on the 1,000 matches."
"I know it will be very sad. I know what happened in this case because it happened for me in Chelsea, in Monaco, and something also in Leicester. I am very close to him, so I can give support if I can."
Newcastle, who have failed to win any match so far will travel to face Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday.