Former Sunderland striker, Kevin Phillips, has admitted that he feels somewhat sorry for Steve Bruce as a Newcastle United takeover edges closer.
The Saudi Arabian backed investment from the PCP Capital Partners group is looking all but sealed as things stand.
With the inevitable investment will come a clamour to sign some of the world’s best players and, of course, attract the top managers.
That has left some wondering whether Steve Bruce will keep his job for very long. Indeed, Rafa Benitez has already been mentioned in terms of a potential return to St James’ Park.
But Phillips, who scored 63 goals for Sunderland, believes it is harsh on Bruce to talk of replacing him.
“I was a bit saddened to hear that they are already talking about replacing the manager because I think Steve Bruce has done a wonderful job up there and I hope he keeps his job,” Phillips told Sky Sports.
Bruce has led Newcastle to safety this season despite a massive backlash at the beginning of the season.
And while Phillips wants Bruce to stay, he admits the news, in general, should excite the Toon Army.
“It’s great news for Newcastle that the investment is going to be there. It is exciting news for the Newcastle faithful.”
Bruce deserves time at Newcastle despite Benitez’s pedigree and love for the club – TBR View
There’s little doubting the affinity Benitez shares with the club and its supporters. He’s a top manager and would no doubt be successful with the club.
However, surely Steve Bruce has done enough to deserve a fair crack at the job?
Few expected Bruce to do so well as it is. Under difficult circumstances, he’s kept the club firmly afloat and higher up the PL table than many expected.
He’s proven he can work under pressure. If anything, he might just prove the right man to guide the ship while things settle under powerful new owners.