Merson feels Newcastle should target Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool's Brendan Rodgers

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Newcastle United are on the lookout for a new permanent manager.

Popular pundit Paul Merson has written in his blog for the Daily Star that Newcastle United need to show ambition and look at Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers as possible managerial options.

The Magpies are currently under the guidance of John Carver after previous manager Alan Pardew opted to trade the North East for Crystal Palace at the beginning of the year.

Their form since Carver inherited the reins has been dreadful, although Saturday’s draw at home to West Bromwich Albion should at least preserve their Premier League status for another year.

Heading into the summer, the Magpies need a squad overhaul but importantly a new manager willing to come in, stamp his authority on matters and change the overall feeling of discontent around the club.

Derby County’s Steve McClaren has already turned down the job, as per the BBC, but Merson feels the Magpies need to be bolder and show the ambition which ultimately matches their club status.

“Go for a top-drawer manager. Go for Jurgen Klopp. They get 50,000 there every game and the fans are amazing. If you could only get the place going,” Merson explained.

“If Brendan Rodgers gets sacked by Liverpool, go for him. Go for somebody who’s going to get the fans excited, because at the moment Newcastle are in a mess.”

The next step for Newcastle?

The problem Newcastle face is that they seemingly lack ambition and the pull to attract top players over the likes of Premier League rivals Liverpool, Arsenal and even Tottenham Hotspur.

If Brendan Rodgers is relieved of his duties with the Reds – an unlikely scenario regardless of this season’s poor showing – then why would he work at Newcastle under the current regime?

Owner Mike Ashley is seemingly content with Premier League survival, and a possible lack of patience could make it difficult for the club to build a true identity under a new manager.

In order for the Geordies to challenge at the top, they need a new boss who can develop a real understanding and put a system in place for exciting young players to be given time to flourish.

Tim Sherwood was an obvious candidate in this regard, but one man who could liven the place up and has been touted as a possibility is Rayo Vallecano’s Paco Jemez – a step in the right direction.

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