Roberto Mancini would be 'ideal' new Newcastle manager as he has experience to manage new projects, says Trevor Sinclair

STEVE BRUCE is set to be axed as Newcastle boss following the club's £300million Saudi takeover.

And with the Magpies now the richest club in the world, a host of big managerial names are being linked with St James' Park hot seat.

One of those is Roberto Mancini, who was the first man appointed at Manchester City after they were taken over in 2008.

The 56-year-old spent four successful years at the Etihad, leading the club to FA Cup glory in 2011 and the Premier League title a year later.

It means the current Italy boss has a proven record of taking over a new project – something ex-professional Trevor Sinclair thinks is invaluable.

Speaking on talkSPORT, Sinclair said: "I think you need a manager who has done this before – and the first name which springs to mind for me is Roberto Mancini.

"But I don’t know whether it’s too soon with his reign with Italy and whether he would walk away from that.

"He’s done it at Man City, you’ve got to bring in big players to set new players, Mancini would be the ideal man to do it, he’s still young enough to do it.


"They would be wise to look at the Man City model and the way they’ve done it, because they’ve been so successful.

"Take away the Champions League and they’ve won everything."

Mancini's success has continued since leaving Manchester in 2013.

He guided Italy to unexpected glory at Euro 2020, beating England on penalties in the final.

And until the Nations League semi-final defeat to Spain on Wednesday, the Azzurri had not been beaten for THREE-YEARS.

The Italian would certainly bring a cool head to Tyneside were he to be approached by Newcastle's mega-rich new owners.

Fellow Italian Antonio Conte is the current favourite to replace Bruce at St James' Park, although SunSport understands he would likely reject the chance of leading an assault on the top of English football.

The bookies have Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard as second-favourite for the Newcastle job.

And fellow Englishmen Eddie Howe and Frank Lampard are third and fourth favourites for the job respectively.

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