By Noel Whelan

2nd Nov, 2021 | 6:00pm

Pundit can't believe Terry could take over at Newcastle after newspaper update

Appointing inexperienced John Terry manager is “not the way forward” for Newcastle, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 40-year-old could be better off in a coaching position at St James’ Park.

As reported by the Sun (November 1st), Terry has joined Newcastle’s shortlist as their managerial search continues.

The report claims interviews are set to be conducted this week, with Lucien Favre, Eddie Howe, Roberto Martinez, and Paulo Fonseca also thought to be in the running for the job.

Terry was employed by Aston Villa as Dean Smith’s assistant manager but left after three years to pursue a managerial career.

Whelan insisted the Newcastle search should focus on someone with “more experience”.

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“John Terry is not the way to go forward for Newcastle,” he told Football Insider.

“He’s not had his opportunity yet in management, and as confident as he may be going into the task – I can’t see that working out.

“They’ve got to look for longevity – someone with a long list of experiences which will help Newcastle to stay in the division.

“Whether they bring him in as a defensive coach or as an assistant, as that seemed to work for Aston Villa – I don’t know.

“But as a manager, Newcastle is not the right job to take and the club should not go down that route.

“They need a bigger name with more experience.”

Steve Bruce was sacked by Newcastle last month with the Tyneside club in 19th place with just four points.

His successor is widely expected to spearhead an exciting new era at St James Park following the club’s £305million takeover last month.

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