Exclusive: Newcastle now turn to big-name hire fans would love, pundit: 'He would struggle'

Michael Brown claims Mauricio Pochettino would “struggle” as manager of Newcastle United without a major overhaul of the squad.

The former Premier League midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes he would face a “difficult” task trying to implement his desired style with the current players on Tyneside.

As revealed by Football Insider, the former Tottenham manager would be keen on holding talks with the Magpies’ prospective new owners over potentially taking charge at St James’ Park.

The club have already been in touch with agents over a ‘top-tier’ managerial appointment and it is understood Pochettino would consider any ambitious proposals.

While Brown admits the ex-Southampton boss would be “loved” by the Toon Army, he suggests a change of style would be beyond the current players on Tyneside.

Brown told Football Insider: “If he was to take it today, with the squad they’ve got and the style he would want to take on, I think he would struggle.

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“With the recruitment side and where it all is, yes, there would be a couple of windows, could they get the players in if it’s the summer window and January window to improve his squad enough? That would be the problem and that would be the worry.

“Yes, he’d want to go and he’d be loved at Newcastle United, for sure, such passionate supporters but to change that style from Benitez to Bruce to Poch, I think it could be quite difficult without the players already coming in very quickly. 

“A wonderful story, could it happen? Possibly – he loves the Premier League.” 

Current Newcastle boss Steve Bruce has the club sitting 13th in the Premier League table after taking charge last summer.

He has also taken the Magpies to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, where they were due to face Manchester City at St James’ Park.

In other Newcastle United news, it can be REVEALED that the club are ready to blow Tottenham out of the water to sign attacking star.