John Terry has been tipped to replace Steve Bruce at Newcastle United by former West Ham striker Frank McAvennie.
The Chelsea legend left his coaching role at Aston Villa in midweek amid speculation that he wants to make the jump to a number one position at some point this season.
Manager Dean Smith said Terry didn’t think it seemed fair on the club while he was looking for work elsewhere, but thanked him for his four years at Villa Park.
On Tyneside, Steve Bruce remains unpopular with the Toon Army, with away supporters ripping into him in our last two pre-season friendlies at Rotherham and Burton.
Ex-Hammers hitman McAvennie believes Terry would fit the bill at St James’ Park, and says he will “give fresh ideas” to a team that supporters widely believe will struggle this season.
Here is what he exclusively told Football Insider:
“He’ll get a job no problem,”
“I think he’s doing the right thing by taking a bit of time but there’s no doubt he wants that chance.
“He’ll be watching what happens, he’s got a name that will get him into any club.
“Who knows? Looking at who might be under pressure, Bruce always is.
“I see him [Terry] at Newcastle and I honestly think he’ll be a damned good manager.
“He would give some fresh ideas, I’m sure he’s very different to Bruce but it’s a huge job.
“How many top-class coaches did he work under at Chelsea? He must have picked up a few things.
“It won’t be long before he’ll be back in the Premier League.”
I can’t see him walking away anytime soon or getting the sack, but Mike Ashley’s stance on Steve Bruce could well be tested when fans return to St James’ Park over the 2021/22 season.
After all, it could turn ugly pretty quickly if anti-Bruce chants from the past few pre-season friendlies are anything to go by!