Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce was sacked by Aston Villa last October when they were in the Championship.

Leon Osman has claimed that teams like Aston Villa will be ‘rubbing their hands together’ at Newcastle United’s current situation. 

The former Premier League midfielder believes that teams like Villa, Norwich and Sheffield – the three promoted teams – have a ‘real opportunity’ of staying up this season because of what’s going on at Newcastle.

The North-East club appointed former Villa boss Steve Bruce as their manager on Wednesday, with one of their key players from last season, Ayoze Perez sold to Leicester City earlier on in the month. 

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live (16/07/2019 at 8:15 am), Osman suggested that the current mess at Newcastle is helping the other teams around them. 

“I tell you something, I bet you those teams that have just come up, your Norwich’s, Sheff United’s and Villa’s are rubbing their hands together at this situation that’s happening at Newcastle,” Osman told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“It’s hard enough for these to come up from the Championship and establish themselves, stay in the league and Wolves did it terrifically. But the last 10 years or so, it’s been difficult.

“But Newcastle look like they are shooting themselves in the foot here. Just giving the others a big boost and real opportunity of staying in the league.”

If the atmosphere around St James’ Park was toxic after Rafa Benitez left then that has only increased with the appointment of Bruce.

He was managing Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship, and last October he was sacked by Aston Villa only months after their failure to earn promotion to the Premier League despite having one of the biggest budgets in the league. 

That was an inspired decision by the Villa board because Bruce’s replacement, Dean Smith guided them back to the promised land as the duo will come up against each other ahead of the new season. 

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