By Alan Hutton

21st Oct, 2021 | 11:00am

Newcastle backed to appoint Eddie Howe after Pete Graves' manager update - pundit

Alan Hutton has backed Newcastle United to appoint Eddie Howe as Steve Bruce’s replacement.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Scotland defender claimed the 43-year-old has the experience and knowhow to help with the Magpies’ “rebuild” under their new owners.

As reported by Sky Sports’ Pete Graves (20th October), Howe, Lucien Favre and Paulo Fonseca are in the running to take charge at St James’ Park.

Newcastle confirmed Bruce had left his position as head coach on Wednesday.

Graeme Jones is set to take interim charge and looks likely to be in the dugout for the visit to Crystal Palace this weekend.

The Magpies sit 19th in the Premier League table and are without a win this season.

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Hutton insisted Newcastle need a manager with experience of setting the “groundwork” at a club in the top flight.

He suggested Howe could be the ideal candidate on Tyneside.

Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “These are the guys that put in the groundwork. It’s a process. It’s not just one year, it’s four, five, six years.

“They need somebody with that mentality who can move the whole of Newcastle forward. Howe is the type of guy I’m talking about. He’s got a particular way of playing football.

“You look at what he did when he was at Bournemouth. It took him X amount of years to get to where he was. He knows what it takes.

“These are the type of guys I think Newcastle should be looking for. This is only the start of their rebuild, it’s going to take years.

“It’s not going to happen overnight. So the groundwork has to be the main bit, that needs to be the focus.

“They have a good opportunity to build from the ground up. That’s the kind of blueprint, the way forward, I think you have to take.

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