Tony Cascarino shared that he thought Steve Bruce would do fine at Newcastle United but wasn’t convinced the current Magpies squad was good enough to avoid relegation.
Cascarino also claimed that Bruce always does things his way and he backed him to be okay at the Magpies given that he has been in difficult situations before.
“He is starting from a bad position, yes Georgie, I know Steve and I know how he works,” said Cascarino on talkSPORT (Saturday, July 20th, 8:22am).
“Obviously I’ve known him for a hell of a long time, it’s the job that he always wanted so he will be given an opportunity by Mike Ashley.
“Steve does things his way and he has been at many clubs in difficult situations and I think he will embrace this opportunity, especially as it’s the club he adores.
“While people will say about the Sunderland association, I don’t think that will matter, long-term I think he will be fine.
“I think it’s what team he can put together, I think it’s an enormous challenge for this team not to go down next year and obviously the consequences of taking the manager’s post there and trying to drive the club in a forward direction.
“But the problem is, they haven’t got a very good team and they’ve lost a lot of goals in their side.”
Cascarino expects Bruce to do fine in the long-term but isn’t convinced that the Magpies are capable of avoiding relegation currently and that sends a mixed message. The pundit either thinks Bruce will rebuild the Magpies when in the Championship or he believes that Newcastle are about to go wild in the transfer window and improve their squad. Newcastle fans will surely hope it’s the latter situation as they won’t want to see their side relegated from the Premier League anytime soon. While the Magpies do have talented players in their ranks such as the likes of Jonjo Shelvey, there’s no denying they need to sign a couple of prolific attackers. After all Ayoze Perez and Salomon Rondon who topped the Magpies’ scoring charts in their 2018/19 campaign, as per BBC, are no longer at St James Park. The attacking pair scored 25 goals between them, as well as created nine goals in total, so it’s clear attacking reinforcements are needed to be brought into the club.