Ray Parlour, the former Arsenal midfield player, has been talking today on what the takeover means to Newcastle United, and he thinks this is a very good time to be a Newcastle fan.
He’s right there.
47-year-old Parlour played a massive 437 games for Arsenal with 30 goals and 14 assists from 1992 through 2004.
He is now a pundit on TV, as well as on radio stations BBC Radio 5 Live and Talksport.
Ray has been on talkSPORT and says the new regime at Newcastle will very likely change the manager.
Steve Bruce has said the obvious thing – that he would love to be part of the new regime at Newcastle and lead the club back into Europe and to renewed success.
But we have to think that’s very unlikely, and Amanda Staveley and company would like the manager to have European experience.
Ray Parlour (shown above) has said the following on talkSPORT as reported in the Chronicle this morning:
“I think they will change the manager if I’m being honest,”
“You look at people like Pochettino and there is going to be a lot of money going into the club.”
“I think Steve Bruce has been a fantastic manager and they will maybe give him a chance but I just think the owners will maybe just want someone with a little bit higher profile.”
“I am not being rude to Steve but a Pochettino, who took Tottenham to the Champions League final – that is who they will be looking that if he is available.”
“But Steve has done a decent job at Newcastle and at times his hands were tied but he has spent money.”
“I just think the owners will go down a different route if they decide to buy Newcastle.”
“It could be a very exciting time for Newcastle United because they have got all the fanbase.
“If they can throw money into it and buy all the right players and spend the money to try and compete you can definitely see them getting into that top six and even top four.”
“The only way Newcastle can go is up so I think it is a very good job for someone.”
“If they can get the right investment and bring the right players in they are only looking good to go up.”
“You always feel with Newcastle that they have the potential to jump into that top six, like the Kevin Keegan era, but it does need investment.”
“The new manager, or if it is Steve Bruce, if they can get the investment right then
“I think Newcastle could be a giant of a club.”
The only chance Steve Bruce will get is to see out this season, and only if he does remarkably well will Amanda Staveley even think of keeping the Geordie on as manager of the club.
It’s very unfortunate for Steve Bruce, who’s a good man, but that’s life – it can be cruel at times.