Steve Bruce can guide Newcastle to Champions League and must be kept on after takeover, says club icon Tino Asprilla – The Sun

STEVE BRUCE can guide Newcastle back in to the Champions League and must be kept on after the club's takeover, says club icon Tino Asprilla.

The Toon are set to be taken over by a mega-rich Saudi consortium led by Amanda Staveley, with Mike Ashley finally selling up in a £300million deal.

The ambitious plans have seen some big-name players linked with the club, but also managers – including Mauricio Pochettino.

But Newcastle icon Asprilla wants to the club to stick with Bruce, believing he is the man to lead Newcastle back to the top of English football.

Asprilla told Sky Sports News: "I think we have to keep Steve Bruce. 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."


On the club's future under now ownership, Asprilla added: "They have to choose top players who want to go to Newcastle because they're ambitious to win the Champions League and other competitions.

"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.

"Just because these owners have lots of money doesn't mean we'll go out there and just sign any old player.

"We want to put together a competitive team with good players, but not all the good ones are the most expensive.

"I think Newcastle will certainly be back among the best and fighting for the Champions League. That's what I'm hoping for."

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