Chris Sutton has seemingly questioned the logic of Newcastle United appointing Eddie Howe to replace Steve Bruce on BBC Radio Five Live’s 606.
Newcastle picked up a credible point at the weekend, as they drew 1-1 with Wolves at Molineux.
However, the Magpies’ style of play once again came in for criticism from sections of Newcastle’s crowd.
Bruce’s side’s are resilient and well organised, but there seems to be a lack of creativity or incision whenever they take the field, which has frustrated many Newcastle supporters.
There is now a vocal section of Newcastle’s crowd who want Bruce to be replaced, but when a supporter suggested that they would like to see Howe come in, Sutton responded: “He took Bournemouth down yet you think that would be an upgrade?”
Robbie Savage also backed up the former Blackburn Rover striker.
“Let’s look at some of the facts. They are currently on the same points of Man City, one point ahead of Manchester United,” he added.
“Under Bruce they lost 16 games, there were 17 defeats the season before under Rafa. They’re the facts.”
Howe is currently out of work and would surely jump at the opportunity to work at Newcastle, if the chance was offered to him.
However, that seems a distant possibility right now – as Mike Ashley has backed Bruce to date.
Newcastle do indeed seem to have picked up a happy knack of grinding out results without particularly impressing.
But unless there is an up-turn in the entertainment levels at St. James’ Park, Bruce is likely to continue to face criticism.
Newcastle are next in action against top of the table Everton on Sunday.