Newcastle United could now replace Steve Bruce with Chris Wilder, according to journalist Lee Ryder.
The Lowdown: Bruce under pressure
Bruce is certainly under pressure to get some results in the board, as the Magpies currently sit 19th in the Premier League, with no wins and a mere three points from their first seven games (Premier League).
Should Newcastle hire Wilder?
That said, Mike Ashley seems to be sticking by his man for now, and the international break could not come at a better time for the Tyneside club.
The Latest: Bruce replacement?
Writing in his latest piece for The Chronicle, Ryder has revealed that Wilder is among a list of names who could replace Bruce should he leave St James’ Park, with both Eddie Howe and Frank Lampard also being mentioned.
Wilder would reportedly ‘love’ to get the Magpies job and would be a contender if the position did become vacant, according to this report.
The Verdict: Wilder in
Given Newcastle’s poor start to the season, and with a lot of fans calling for Bruce to go, the international break seems to present itself with a perfect time to change manager and get prepared for when the squad returns.
In this case, they should look no further than Wilder. Although Sheffield United were relegated in his second top-flight season at Bramall Lane, the 54-year-old guided the Blades to a very impressive ninth-placed finish the previous term, having just been promoted up from the Championship.
Joe Cole has noted the ‘fantastic’ brand of football that Wilder’s teams often play, and given that his preferred formation is to play with three central defenders like Bruce does, the players should not find it too difficult to adapt to his system and tactics.
He is currently out of the job at the moment, so Newcastle should look to get him in before another club beats them to the chase.
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