By Frank McAvennie

29th Jul, 2021 | 9:14am

Terry tipped to take over as Newcastle manager from Bruce - pundit

Frank McAvennie has tipped John Terry to replace Steve Bruce at Newcastle United.

The former West Ham hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, predicts Terry will be back in the Premier League very soon.

On Monday (26th July), Aston Villa confirmed the Chelsea legend has stepped down from his role as assistant manager to Dean Smith.

In his final interview with Villa, Terry reiterated his desire to become a manager.

Steve Bruce remains an unpopular figure at St James’ Park following two underwhelming seasons at the helm.

Unrest within the Toon Army fan base is already growing ahead of the new season with no new signings announced.

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McAvennie insists Bruce could get sacked this season and claims Terry could be a good fit for Newcastle.

“He’ll get a job no problem,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“I think he’s doing the right thing by taking a bit of time but there’s no doubt he wants that chance.

“He’ll be watching what happens, he’s got a name that will get him into any club.

“Who knows? Looking at who might be under pressure, Bruce always is.

“I see him [Terry] at Newcastle and I honestly think he’ll be a damned good manager.

“He would give some fresh ideas, I’m sure he’s very different to Bruce but it’s a huge job.

“How many top-class coaches did he work under at Chelsea? He must have picked up a few things.

“It won’t be long before he’ll be back in the Premier League.”

Newcastle have had a poor pre-season so far, with a win against Doncaster sandwiched between a loss to York and draw with Rotherham.

The Magpies get their season underway with a home clash against West Ham.

In other news, Sources: Newcastle leapfrog Aston Villa in hunt for speed-machine after talks held.