Newcastle United journalist Liam Kennedy has been sharing his thoughts on a couple of potential options to possibly replace current Toon manager Steve Bruce.
This comes after Kennedy made an appearance on a recent edition of NUFC Matters where he spoke about a range of topics concerning the Tyneside club.
During the episode, Kennedy was asked about the possibility of Lee Clark potentially replacing current Newcastle manager Steve Bruce, who has been on the receiving end of criticism from some Toon fans, on a short-term basis with Jonathan Woodgate potentially coming in as Clark’s assistant.
In response, Kennedy had this to say on the matter (25:35):
He said: “I totally respect Lee Clark, totally respect Jonathan Woodgate but I think if those kinds of people who have very limited managerial experience at this level come in, then it could be a recipe for disaster.
“I would hope that Newcastle United would be looking, and that’s no offence to either person out there, because like I say, I respect them both, I just think Newcastle would have to be looking at somebody who has the experience in the top flight, and I just don’t think either of those two do.
“I think Jonathan Woodgate, in particular, was a bit of a car crash in his managerial career, so I don’t think that would work at all.”
TIF Thoughts on Liam Kennedy’s comments on Clark and Woodgate potentially replacing Bruce…
Taking into account how Bruce has managed to lose 41 out of the 93 games that he’s had in charge of Newcastle so far, winning 29 and drawing 23 along the way, it’s easy to see why there has been some criticism aimed at the 60-year-old and why the question about potential replacements was put to Kennedy for him to share his opinion on.
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In terms of Clark, it’s easy to see why his name was mentioned in the question to Kennedy to potentially replace Bruce given that the former Toon midfielder left his managerial role at Sudanese outfit Al-Merrikh back in June so would be available.
In our view, with Newcastle yet to secure their first Premier League win of the season prior to their clash against Leeds United on Friday, we feel that if their run of poor results continues moving forward and Newcastle are in danger of being in a relegation battle, Bruce should be given his marching orders and the club must bring someone in with plenty of top-flight experience, as Kennedy said in the podcast, to give them the best chance of potentially avoiding the drop.