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Stuart Pearce surprised by David Moyes exclusion

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While Steve Bruce is set to take the Newcastle United job, Stuart Pearce believes that the former Everton manager would have been a more suitable candidate.

Stuart Pearce says that he is surprised David Moyes didn’t get a look in when Newcastle United were shortlisting potential managers to replace Rafa Benitez.

According to reports, The Magpies are on the verge of finalizing Steve Bruce as the club’s new manager. And though he believes that the former Sunderland boss is a great manager, he believes that David Moyes would have been more suitable to the role.

The club had been looking to sign a young manager and did approach Steven Gerrard of Rangers. The Liverpool legend though, turned them down. Patrick Vieira and Mikel Arteta were also in the frame but they rejected the offer after speaking with Benitez.

And Pearce feels that Newcastle United could have made a better call of judgment.

“I’m astounded,” the former Magpies defender said on Friday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.

“I think it’s a good appointment; Brucey is a good suit for the club and a solid set of hands.

“But I would have thought David would have been a slightly better fit, potentially.”

“The job should be, as they stand at the moment without investment, to keep them in the Premier League. Rafa did that continually and did a very good job of it.

“It just needs a bit of investment to add the bells and whistles to their team. Once they get a better strike force and someone you can rely on getting regular goals, all of a sudden it’s a very appealing job.”

The poisoned chalice that is the Newcastle job is definitely going to be a challenge for Steve Bruce. With an unhelpful owner such as Mike Ashley, Bruce is definitely going to have a tough time dealing with the club’s matters in the long run.