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Carragher urges Newcastle United to stick with Steve Bruce

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has backed Steve Bruce to continue as the Newcastle United manager following the takeover. The Magpies are currently on the verge of being taken over by PCP Capital Partners – backed by Saudi’s Public Investment Fund and the club are expected to pursue high-profile signings during the summer.

As a result, it has been claimed that ex-boss Rafael Benitez could return to the helm in the place of Bruce, who does not have the reputation of managing big-name players. Speaking to Sky Sports, Carragher acknowledged that Benitez’s return to St James’ Park would get the approval of the Magpies fans but he wants Bruce to be handed an opportunity beyond the summer transfer window.

He told Sky Sports: “I think the big thing for Newcastle is that the supporters had a manager they adored in Rafa Benitez and Mike Ashley lost him. They brought in Steve Bruce who I think has done a brilliant job, but he’s still not universally loved up there for whatever reason. I think the interesting thing is will that be one of the first decisions? We talk about buying and selling players, the most important person at a football club is the manager. I would love Steve Bruce to get the opportunity to show what he can do in terms of the transfer market.”

The Magpies supporters were frustrated after the departure of Benitez last summer and there was more furore after owner Mike Ashley appointed Steve Bruce as the new manager. However, the experienced head coach has managed to prove his worth during the course of the season and the club are currently in mid-table and eight points ahead of the drop zone. Meanwhile, reports have emerged that Mauricio Pochettino and Max Allegri are among the other high-profile targets for the Tyneside outfit, should they require a managerial change during the summer.

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