Steve Bruce is set to receive his marching orders as Newcastle United manager and presenter Richard Keys has an outside shout to replace him in the St. James’ Park hot seat
Current boss Steve Bruce looks set to be sacked after the Magpies’ Saudi-Arabian takeover.
The new regime reportedly want their own man in but director Amanda Staveley and co did allow Bruce to take charge of his 1,000th match in management on Sunday, a 3-2 home defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.
And lucky for the fresh hierarchy on Tyneside, Keys has picked out who he feels would be up to the task: Mark Hughes.
The Welshman has been out of work since leaving Southampton in December 2018.
Gray began by asking: “If the owners turn around and say Steve Bruce is going to stay to the end of the season, do you think that’s going to [excite the fans]?
“Probably not, no,” Keys responded.
Gray followed up by saying: “Exactly, that’s the conundrum, it’s the counterbalance.
“They’ve got new owners so they’re up here, but they’ve got the same manager so they’re down here.
“I think that’s the first decision they’ve got and I have no idea what to make of it.”
De Jong weighed-in, noting: “It’s a difficult decision to make, because if you replace Steve Bruce at this stage right now [then who with]?
“Mark Hughes,” interrupted Keys before de Jong, who spent time under Hughes at City, instantly described the suggestion as a “good shout.”
Keys admitted with a smile: “I didn’t think it’d get that response!”
The new era at Newcastle began inside a rocking St. James’ Park on Sunday but things stayed the same on the pitch as the Magpies – winless after eight Premier League games – were unspectacularly beaten by Spurs.
Bruce is still standing, though, telling Sky Sports : “We were beaten by the better team after a wonderful start.
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“Problems that we’ve had for a while now defensively were there for all to see unfortunately.
“We’ve started a few games like that, we’ve got off to a good start and scored, got our noses in front, unfortunately we’re not able to defend well enough as a team.”
The former Manchester United defender added: “From front to back at the moment, we’re not defending well enough. We’ve tried to change, to be more on the front-foot if that’s the right word you say these days.
“But it’s difficult because you get yourself having to score three goals to win a match.”