By Frank McAvennie

25th Oct, 2021 | 8:33am

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It could be “weeks” before Newcastle United announce Steve Bruce’s successor as they look to appoint a director of football.

That’s according to former West Ham hitman Frank McAvennie, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the Magpies’ latest plans.

On 23 October, The Mirror reported Marc Overmars, 48, has opened talks to join Newcastle as their new director of football.

The new Toon owners are searching for new recruits after their drawn-out takeover saga finally ended in success earlier this month.

Newcastle are also searching for a new manager after Steve Bruce left the club last week

However, McAvennie claims Newcastle fans could be waiting a few weeks for an update on the managerial situation.

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“I think a director of football has to come in first,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“I read in the paper that they want someone to oversee everything. So if that is the case, you can’t appoint a manager before then.

“That person has to come in to then sign off on the manager.

“Newcastle could announce a new manager any day but they might not.

“I do think Newcastle have time on their side. Even with a new manager, not that much can change until January.

“That squad is so poor so until new players come in there will be no real improvement.

“I think it may be a few weeks, even a month, before we see a new manager. They have to get it right.”

Newcastle are winless and second-bottom of the Premier League.

Graeme Jones is currently leading the first team.

In other news, Newcastle’s new owners have been tipped to make “four easy signings” in January.