Danny Mills claims the “easiest way” for the prospective Newcastle United owners to win over the Toon Army will be to appoint a new manager.

The former England international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, fears it will, therefore, be “very difficult” for Steve Bruce to keep his job this summer as the takeover nears announcement.

Speaking to Sky Sports this week, Steve Bruce suggested he could compete with the likes of Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp at the top of the Premier League if given financial backed by the incoming new owners.

Football Insider revealed earlier this week that a £300m deal to buy out Mike Ashley is nearing announcement after a thorough investigation into allegations of TV piracy from the Saudi-government.

Mills suggested the Amanda Staveley-led consortium will appoint a new manager regardless of how Bruce over the coming weeks.

“It is going to be very difficult for Steve Bruce,” he told Football Insider.

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“He has not done a bad job and he is a very capable and very good manager.

“But big owners coming in with a lot of money will want to put their own person in. They will want the fans onside immediately and the easiest way to do that is to appoint a manager.

“It is unfortunate for Bruce because he has done a good job.

“We often see owners come in with their own ideas and the first person to go is normally the manager.”

Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce

Bruce told Geoff Shreeves, “But to be in a position where you’re actually challenging, and you have a good enough team as Newcastle did in 1995 and under Sir Bobby Robson as well, then it would be wonderful.

“I’d back myself, of course I would.”

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