Danny Murphy has claimed that the new Newcastle United owners shouldn’t sack Steve Bruce despite their below-par start to the Premier League season.
The Magpies currently sit second bottom after failing to win any of their opening seven matches and the pressure is mounting on Bruce to turn their fortunes around.
Following the £305m Saudi-led takeover last week, questions have been raised about whether they will opt to appoint a new manager or stick with the 60-year-old for the time being.
Antonio Conte and Steven Gerrard are just two names who have been linked with the top job should Newcastle decide to part company with Bruce.
However, Murphy believes that the former Wigan Athletic boss is the best man to get the club out of the relegation zone and steer them to safety.
“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. 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.
“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.”
Nevertheless, the Mirror have reported that they expect Bruce to be sacked before they face Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
It is understood non-executive chairman Yasir Al-Rumayyan is hoping to install a new boss to kick-off the new era at St James’ Park.