Speaking on Radio 5 Live, when asked if Newcastle could realistically hope for anybody better than Bruce, he said: “I’d probably say no.
“The glamour of managing Newcastle has gone in terms of, you’re not going to get a Jose Mourinho. I think Sam Allardyce came out last week and turned down an opportunity to go back.
“When you’ve got people of the calibre of Sam, who has been the one has been known to keep teams in the Premier League and he’s turned them down, then we are in that next step where Steve Bruce is probably the best.”
Most Newcastle fans will probably be annoyed to hear these latest comments from Nolan, but you can see his point. It’s not that Newcastle as a club don’t deserve bigger or better than Bruce, but the entity that Mike Ashley’s ownership has turned them into cannot realistically hope to attract any of the names that they might have once gone for. There is a chance that they could have landed a manager from abroad, but time and time again, the Premier League has proven that that strategy can be a real risk for a club in a precarious position. At the very least, Bruce has top flight experience, and that could prove to be vital in a campaign that promises to be tough from start to finish. Nolan perhaps hasn’t articulated himself in a way that will endear him too greatly to the Toon Army, but the core of his argument makes sense.