‘Who’s better equipped?’ – Murphy backs Bruce to stay at Newcastle

Date published: Monday 11th October 2021 2:44 - Joe Williams

Newcastle boss Steve Bruce smiles

Danny Murphy doubts there is a manager out there who is “better equipped” than Steve Bruce to save Newcastle United from relegation this season.

The Magpies announced new owners on Thursday with Amanda Staveley guiding a Saudi-backed consortium into St James’ Park.

The end of Mike Ashley’s reign at Newcastle was celebrated by fans but not Steve Bruce, who is reportedly set to be replaced.

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But Murphy thinks sacking Bruce, who is yet to guide Newcastle to a Premier League win this term, could be a mistake with no-one out there in a better position to help them avoid relegation this campaign.

Murphy told talkSPORT: “You’ve got to be careful not to try and run before you can walk. The situation Newcastle are in now is precarious.

“They’ve got a manager in charge at the moment who has been there and done it in the lower echelons of the Premier League and dealt with that scenario before – even at Newcastle.

“Is there somebody out there who they can bring in who is going to be more equipped than Steve Bruce? That is ultimately the question.

“You can talk about the pleasing of the fans and the masses. That doesn’t necessarily mean that you quickly get Bruce out and get someone in to do it better.

“I think they will get rid because that’s what the fans want and they are trying to keep everybody happy at the moment with the takeover.

“Who do they get in? There is no obvious candidate to come in for a relegation battle. There is a different conversation if you are asking me are there managers out there who are capable of working with new players, spending money and competing.

“Of course there are, there are lots of good managers out there.

“Coming into the Premier League, if you haven’t been in it before coming into a relegation battle and understanding how to win games that aren’t always going to be free flowing or easy on the eye – who’s out there more equipped than Steve Bruce at the moment?

“Nobody jumps out at me.”


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