BBC Sport pundit Dion Dublin has claimed that Steve Bruce replacing Rafa Benitez at Newcastle United is like when David Moyes replaced Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.
It is fair to say that Bruce's appointment at Newcastle didn't go down well when it was first announced, as the four-time promotion winner is yet to pick up his first points of the season.
Over the weekend, the Magpies were taken apart by newly-promoted Norwich City, with striker Temmu Pukki netting a hat-trick against Bruce's side.
Speaking to Football Focus on BBC One (17/08/2019 at 12:35 pm), former Aston Villa striker Dublin urged the Toon Army faithful to get behind Bruce this season.
"There has to be a point where the Newcastle fans say 'right, listen, we have to back what is going on now. Forget Ashley. We have to back the manager and the players'," Dublin told Football Focus.
"If you speak about any team, right now, you would say Newcastle, 'what a place to play, fans are incredible and all you see is black and white in the stands'.That's what Newcastle fans do, they back their team. Now, they are going to have to do that. Back Steve Bruce, good manager, who will get the players onside and I think they'll slowly get where they need to be.
"It's very much Bruce coming in after Rafa, like Moyes coming in after Ferguson. That kind of feeling where they all wanted Rafa to stay. He goes then you've got no chance. Just back him [Bruce]. Back your man."
Rafa Benitez was a very popular figure in Newcastle, so whoever was going to replace the Spaniard, they were going to have their work cut out, one way or another.
But still Mike Ashley opted to appoint the experienced Bruce, whose record in the second tier is one of the best, but he has struggled to prove his worth in England's top-flight.
After back-to-back defeats on the opening day of the season, things are not going to get any easier for Newcastle because they will now face off against Tottenham.
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