Stuart Pearce has claimed that David Moyes should be the next Newcastle United manager, admitting that he is baffled that the ex-Manchester United boss is not in contention to succeed Rafa Benitez at St James’ Park.
Moyes, 56, has been out of work since leaving West Ham at the end of the 2017/18 season and he has a lot of experience in the Premier League having spent 11 years at Everton before short-lived stints at Man United, Sunderland and the London Stadium.
Ex-Newcastle defender Pearce believes that Moyes would be a good fit to become the next Magpies boss, claiming that he knows how good a manager he is from his spell in the Scot’s coaching staff at West Ham.
“They certainly do [need to get the manager in now], the sooner the better,” Pearce told talkSPORT on Monday morning [08:14am] when asked who should be the next Newcastle manager by Ray Parlour.
“I don’t know whether chairmen play games and things. ‘The longer I hang on then the transfer window is shut, I don’t have to spend any money’. I don’t know, do you know what I mean?
“Listen you mentioned him earlier. I’ve worked with him and I know how good he is.
“I’m surprised David Moyes isn’t in contention. I can see that working, I can see the fit there, personally, as well.”
It wouldn’t be a massive shock to see Mike Ashley go for someone like Moyes. The 56-year-old is currently out of work so Ashley wouldn’t have to pay a compensation fee if he wanted to hire him and the ex-Everton manager is also extremely experienced in the Premier League. Although Moyes is often berated for his spells at Man United and Sunderland, where he was relegated to the Championship, he did do well at Everton and West Ham. It might not be the most popular appointment among Newcastle fans though due to his previous ties to Sunderland and the fact that Moyes is not exactly an exciting manager. However he could be someone who helps rebuild the squad and avoids relegation to the Championship. Some of the names that have been linked with Newcastle are risky. Moyes wouldn’t be a risk in terms of what happens on the pitch, but the reaction that it might get from the fans probably means he’d be worth avoiding.