It could also give a new lease of life to some of the Toon’s more established stars – such as Jonjo Shelvey.
The 27-year-old also believes the change in manager will be good for him and Newcastle fans might finally see the best of Shelvey.
He played a crucial role in the goal picking up a loose ball from Issa Diop and pinging an accurate pass into the feet of Yoshinori Muto, who laid the ball off for Isaac Hayden and then Jamie Sterry provided a wonderful cross that Muto finished off.
Shelvey also scored but was in an offside position, so the effort did not count – though it is hard to take too much from a pre-season friendly, Shelvey looked hungry and sharp, and that allowed his natural talent to shine through.
Bruce is known for his man-management skills, and he could be the man to get the best out of Shelvey at Newcastle.
Other than that, though, Benitez could not coax the talented but troubled Shelvey into consistent performances – perhaps Bruce can do that.
Shelvey certainly seems keen on working under Bruce, and if his performance against West Ham is anything to go by then, this could be the season where Shelvey lights up St James’ Park.