Former Liverpool star Danny Murphy has questioned whether the new Newcastle owners should sack Steve Bruce as he feels the current manager is the right man to lead them away from danger.
Bruce is now looking over his shoulder after the Magpies’ £305m takeover by Saudi Arabia’s PIF. The protracted negotiations were finally concluded last week to end Mike Ashley’s 14-year reign. Many players have already been linked with a move to St James’ Park either in January or next summer.
But it is the future of the current boss that has received the most column inches. Bruce is in his third season with the Tyneside outfit.
He guided them to a 13th-place finish in his first season in charge and went one better last term. But the fans have never been convinced and want a younger, bigger name coach at the helm.
The former Sunderland manager has already stated that he feels his day are numbered. And many names have been put forward as possible replacements.
It seems likely that the much-travelled tactician will be jettisoned. But Murphy feels a knee-jerk reaction might be detrimental with the club currently 19th in the table and winless.
“You’ve got to be careful not to run before you can walk,” he said on TalkSPORT. “The situation Newcastle is in now is precarious.
“I think they’ve got a manager in charge who has been there, done it at the lower echelons of the Premier League and dealt with that scenario before, even at Newcastle.
“So is there someone out there who is going to be more equipped to do the job than Steve Bruce? That’s ultimately the question.”
Bruce has done it all before
The sky is now the limit for Newcastle after they were deemed the ‘richest club in the world’. There are exciting times ahead for the long-suffering north-east fans.
However, Murphy feels that is for the future and it is important to deal with the present first.
“Ok you can talk about the pleasing of the fans and the masses, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you get Bruce out and bring someone in who’s going to do it better,” he added.
“I think they will get rid because that’s what the fans want and they’re trying to keep everybody happy.
“There’s no obvious candidate to come in for a relegation battle. It is a different question if you’re asking me are there managers out there who are capable of working with new players, spending money, competing – of course there are.
“But coming into the Premier League, if you haven’t been here before, who’s out there more equipped than Bruce? No one jumps out at me.”