Pundit verdict on new manager at Newcastle being given '£100m' after source's Bruce reveal
Newcastle United could find it difficult to find a decent manager to take charge if Steve Bruce is sacked or walks away, according to Noel Whelan.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the job on Tyneside is not appealing with the “stubborn” Mike Ashley still in charge.
The Magpies remain without a win this season after losing 2-1 to Wolves on Saturday.
They sit 19th in the table, two points ahead of Norwich and three behind 16th-placed Leeds.
A source with knowledge of Bruce’s situation has told Football Insider the Newcastle boss is feeling “lower than ever before” at St James’ Park.
It is understood he has given thought to walking away from his boyhood club for the first time.
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Ashley’s stance is he will not sack Bruce while the club remains in the Premier League.
Whelan insisted the 60-year-old has had little to no financial backing from the board.
He suggested Newcastle could find it difficult to find a capable manager willing to work under such conditions.
“No other manager that comes is going have any money to spend on players, it’s as simple as that,” Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.
“It’s as simple as that. Straight away, is it appealing to other managers right now? There’s a stubborn board not putting any money in to strengthen the squad.
“Steve Bruce did a fantastic job under really difficult circumstances, probably more difficult than Rafa Benitez. He should be commended for that.
“He’s sailing against the tide and I think he gets a lot of unfair criticism. I think everyone needs to back him. People need to understand the circumstances that he’s working under.
“I know a lot of fans didn’t want him in the first place but he’s there. He’s a Newcastle fan, he’s trying to do the best for the club that he loves and supports.
“Get behind him because no other manager is going to be able to twist the arm of the board or Mike Ashley to give them £100million to go and spend.
“What you’ve got is what you’ve got. They had a lot of injuries as last season, a few key players out this year.
“You’ve got to understand that right now, without any takeover, without any money to spend it’s a really difficult job for any manager that’s there or may come in.”