Alan Shearer is not hopeful of a turnaround in fortunes under Steve Bruce and expects the club to be relegated next season.
Newcastle United’s turmoil has gotten Alan Shearer fearing of impending doom. The club legend is finding it hard to draw any positives out of what has happened so far in the summer transfer window.
The Toon first lost the services of Rafael Benitez in the midst of rumors of a rift between the Spaniard and Mike Ashley. Benitez would later go on to slam the club’s hierarchy once he signed for Chinese outfit, Dalian Yifang.
The club later announced the appointment of Steve Bruce to the dismay of the club’s fans. And while the former Sheffield Wednesday boss has assured fans that things will be better, Alan Shearer is not sure if things would get any better from here on in.
While speaking to Sun as reported by the Independent, Alan Shearer revealed that he advised Bruce not to take what he considers a ‘toxic’ job.
“My advice to him was simple: ‘No, no, no, don’t take it!” Shearer said in his Sun column.
“I said: ‘Why are you going to be any different to Keegan or Benitez? If you take it, you must be mad because you know how it works there.’”
Alan Shearer says that Bruce was never Mike Ashley’s preferred candidate, hinting that he was hired only because no one else would take the job.
“It looks more like he could have been the last man standing — and Newcastle just knew he would probably take the job because he has always wanted it,” he said.
“Steve can have no excuses at all if it goes wrong because he knows exactly what he is taking on.”
And Alan Shearer says that Steve Bruce has gotten himself in a very precarious position. The former England international says that it would actually be considered a good job if he helped the club avoid relegation.
“This is without doubt the toughest and most toxic situation Steve has ever walked into,” Shearer added. “Then there is the fact Steve used to manage Sunderland, which is not going to help him, even though he is a Geordie and he played for Wallsend Boys Club like I did.
“He’ll do a good job just to keep Newcastle up this season.”