Rob Lee backs former Sunderland boss Steve Bruce for Newcastle United

Steve Bruce

The Magpies may need a new manager if Rafa Benitez leaves at the end of the season.

Former Newcastle United star Rob Lee has backed Steve Bruce for the Newcastle job should Rafa Benitez fail to stay, in comments to the Daily Mail.

Benitez is the man currently in the United hot seat, having replaced Steve McClaren back last month.

His long-term future at the club is unknown though, with it being well know he has a break clause in his contract should the club be relegated.

He is unlikely to remain in charge should they end up on the Championship, meaning the Magpies could be in search for another manager this summer.

And if that happens, Rob Lee believes former Sunderland boss Bruce would be an ideal candidate.

“I would say Steve Bruce would be a great manager for us,” he told the Daily Mail.

“He's a Geordie and he's done a great job wherever he has been. But would he want to work where others are bringing in players who are sub-standard and they get you the sack?'

Steve Bruce would certainly be an interesting appointment for Newcastle given his past relationship with their fierce rivals.

He would unlikely to be accepted by the St James’s faithful as a result; similar to how Alex McLeish was treated at Aston Villa after his past with Birmingham City.

He would be a wise appointment though, with him having the vast experience in the Championship that a club will need if they are to make a quick return to the Premier League.

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