Former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan believes Newcastle United should bring in an interim manager who can help them avoid relegation this season.
The Magpies are on the search for a new manager after Steve Bruce left the club last week.
Temporary boss Graeme Jones took charge of his first game over the weekend as the Geordies drew 1-1 against Crystal Palace.
Jones will oversee Newcastle’s match against Chelsea on Saturday before a new manager is appointed.
Paulo Fonseca, Steven Gerrard and Lucien Favre have been linked with the vacant role at St James’ Park with Fonseca emerging as the frontrunner for the job.
However, Jordan thinks it would be best if the north-east club’s hierarchy appoint someone until the end of the season to help them stay in the Premier League.
“This football club is going to be an opportunity for someone,” Jordan said on talkSPORT. “It’s when you take that opportunity.
“And I just think the sensible thing for Newcastle would be to some way or another, find an interim appointment until they work out who they are, what they are and get a clean slate.
“This slate has been compromised by 25 per cent of the season being artificially impacted by Steve Bruce not being the person people wanted there, the takeover being a distraction.
“Now, you have got to try and find a way to stay in the division and that to me feels like a job for someone who knows how to do that and then build on that platform with somebody who comes in that’s an elite manage and give him the embarrassment of riches he would be entitled to.”
The Italian journalist said on his YouTube channel: “They’re talking with Paulo Fonseca as the new manager last week and they’re continuing talks with Fonseca and there’s optimism around the decision, because Paulo Fonseca is ready to accept the proposal from Newcastle.
“But it’s up to Newcastle. They now have everything set with Fonseca but they need to decide if they want to go with him or do something different, talk with other managers and to consider other opportunities.”
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