Danny Mills is adamant Newcastle United are better now than they were under Rafael Benitez but still expects the new owners to bin Steve Bruce.

The former Leeds United and Manchester City defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, insisted that the 59-year-old could not be blamed for the shortcomings of Miguel Almiron and Joelinton.

While Bruce’s Premier League record is marginally better than that of Benitez, the latter has the better overall win percentage thanks to the Championship season of 2016-17.

From Bruce‘s 37 games in charge at St. James’ Park he has a points-per-game average of 1.35.

Whereas Benitez has a PPG average of 1.48 from his 146 games as manager of the club.

When asked by Football Insider if the Magpies were in a better position now than they were 12 months ago, Mills said:

“They are better. It is as simple as that. In terms of Premier League points they are better.

“Steve Bruce has been criticised and it has been unfair.

“He has two players in Almiron and Joelinton, who have not performed and they have cost £60million between them. Remember, they were not his buys. It was not his choice to bring them in. He was lumbered with them.

Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce reacts to Joelinton

“He’s done the best he possibly can but it is not his fault that they cannot seem to hit the target. I am sure they are working hard on it in training.

“Bruce has done a great job but I do fear for him if the takeover is completed. New owners like a new manager and a little bit of glamour.”

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