Danny Murphy has told talkSPORT that he believes Newcastle should go down a ‘more pragmatic approach’ when appointing their next manager – throwing Phil Neville’s name into the hat.
Geordie fans have been left distraught following Rafa Benitez’s exit from the club last week, with the Spaniard releasing a statement on Monday confirming he wanted to stay at St James’ Park but he and owner Mike Ashley simply ‘did not share the same vision’.
And speaking on the Jim White Show, the former Liverpool midfielder explained his reasons why he believes Neville – who has led the England Lionesses to the semi-finals of the Women’s World Cup – is the perfect candidate.
He said: “If they’re not going to put in enough money to bring in better players, then you need a manager going in there who is pragmatic like Rafa (Benitez).
“Someone who knows how to organise a side defensively and is tactically aware depending on the opposition that given day.
“So when you’re looking at this list [of candidates] and what’s next for Newcastle, rather than what’s gone – they simply have to go down that pragmatic approach.”
He continued: “If you talk about [Roberto] Martinez, [Mikel] Arteta, [Giovanni] van Bronckhorst they could all go into Newcastle and implement their philosophies and try and play free-flowing football – but that could be an absolute disaster – without the quality of players to play that way.
“Newcastle fans might laugh at this suggestion, but he’s currently doing a great job with the England Women’s team and that’s Phil Neville.
“Someone who is young and hungry who has the capability that Phil has, is maybe an option they could go down.
“Phil’s a very bright coach, defensive minded in some respects, but he also knows how to play from the back.
“He went from a United winning team to an Everton team that was very much pragmatic, and adapted as a player to that.”