Newcastle are reportedly looking to replace Steve McClaren as head coach.
When discussing potential managerial targets for Newcastle, Nicol said: “Where’s Paolo Di Canio when you need him? Because it’s going to have to be someone like that. There’s going to have to be a spark.”
Nicol was jokingly suggesting Di Canio as a contender for the Newcastle job, but his point is a sound one.
Steve McClaren looks completely out of his depth, and he seems to have no ability to motivate his team.
He looks just as dour as his players, and Newcastle need a manager who can kickstart the team to start performing - as results are vital right now.
A man manager is needed, and someone with Di Canio’s passion would suit the club well.
He does not have to be a long-term appointment, but to secure Premier League survival, a manager like Di Canio would be the perfect option for the last weeks of the season.