Date: 27th June 2019 at 8:32am
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Tommy Cassidy revealed he believes Claudio Ranieri would do a good job as Newcastle United manager if appointed.

The former Magpies midfielder shared that he thought the club needed an experienced manager to succeed Rafa Benitez as Newcastle is not an easy job.

Cassidy, who appeared 180 times for the Magpies during the 1970s, then claimed that Newcastle supporters were the best in the world and that it wasn’t an easy job to satisfy them.

“They’re both experienced managers, personally I’m not a Mourinho fan, I’ve never been over the years,” said Cassidy on Love Sport Radio.

“Ranieri could do a good job but you need experience in this job without a doubt.

“Newcastle is not an easy job, the supporters, I’m bias, obviously, but the supporters are the best supporters in the world in my opinion, but it’s not an easy job to satisfy them.”

OPINION

Newcastle fans will love Cassidy’s view on them, even if he admits it’s a bias one, however they are probably grateful that he is not in charge of appointing the club’s next manager. While the 68-year-old is spot-on to claim whoever succeeds Benitez needs to be experienced, Ranieri is not the answer. The 67-year-old had a dismal time as Fulham manager last season as he racked up only three wins in 17 games before being sacked. When you consider that the inexperienced Scott Parker then took to charge and was able to make the London club look instantly better, it shows how bad Ranieri’s reign at Craven Cottage was. Fulham had a few talented players on their books, see Ryan Sessegnon for more information, and the Italian manager was unable to get the best out of them. Given that the Magpies need a manager who makes the most of what he has got, as Mike Ashley isn’t a notorious big spender in the transfer market, Ranieri doesn’t fit the bill. The 67-year-old may have won the Premier League with Leicester City and averaged 1.59 points per game at the club,  but he was working with a really talented squad. However, unfortunately for Newcastle fans, barring Cassidy, there is a chance the Italian boss could arrive at St James Park as Sky Sports previously claimed he was interested in the job.