Newcastle legend Faustino Asprilla believes Steve Bruce can lead the club to the Champions League and that he must be kept on as manager after the takeover, despite links with Mauricio Pochettino and Max Allegri
- Faustino Asprilla believes Newcastle should stick with Steve Bruce as manager
- Newcastle have been linked with high profile managers after the takeover
- Asprilla believes Bruce can get them back into the Champions League
Faustino Asprilla has backed Steve Bruce to stay on as Newcastle United manager after the club is taken over by a Saudi consortium.
The Premier League club are nearing a change of ownership after a £300million bid by a Saudi consortium was accepted by current owner Mike Ashley.
High profile managers such as Mauricio Pochettino and Max Allegri have been linked with the club in recent weeks, however Toon legend Asprilla told Sky Sports News that Bruce can lead Newcastle back to the Champions League.
Newcastle cult hero Faustino Asprilla believes the club should stick with Steve Bruce as boss
He says the club can get back to their best and fight for the Champions League once again
‘I think we have to keep Steve Bruce,’ said Asprilla. ‘He’s a good manager and coach, so I think he should stay.
‘He knows the club well. He’s done very good things with limited resources in recent times. So I think he’ll be able to achieve more than he has so far with better players at his disposal.
‘All the coaches are good and the players are good. I have no doubts about that. I think we have to keep him in his role so that he keeps working on this big project.’
Newcastle’s potential new chairman is Yasir Al-Rumayyan, who was headhunted to run the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund, which is said to control assets worth around £320billion.
Mauricio Pochettino is one of the names being linked to the Newcastle United manager job
Max Allegri is also being mentioned, with Newcastle’s new owners controlling a lot of money
With all that money, Newcastle are expected to go after more big name players in the transfer market, with stars such as Edinson Cavani and Gareth Bale being mentioned.
‘They have to choose top players who want to go to Newcastle because they’re ambitious to win the Champions League and other competitions,’ said Asprilla.
‘I think that’s essential in order for a team to enjoy success. We all want Newcastle to be back among the best internationally, not just in the Premier League, but in the Champions League as well, by doing things properly without rushing.
‘I think Newcastle will certainly be back among the best and fighting for the Champions League. That’s what I’m hoping for.’
Newcastle haven’t qualified for the group stage of the Champions League since the 2002-03 season, but did make it to the quarter-finals of the Europa League in 2012-13.