Tony Cascarino hails Steve Bruce's impact at Newcastle ahead of Saudi takeover
The 59-year-old was not a popular managerial appointment among Magpies fans last year and endured a rocky start with just one Premier League victory in his first seven games in charge.
However, Bruce has turned things around with Newcastle winning three of their last four league matches, prior to their clash with West Ham, to move away from relegation trouble.
And former Chelsea striker Cascarino has been impressed by Bruce's impact, especially after losing top scorers Ayoze Perez and Salomon Rondon to Leicester and Dalian Yifang, respectively, last summer.
He told talkSPORT : "They're a side that's been well drilled by a manager who knows how to go around a football match.
"He's got a lot out of what he's been left with by Rafa [Benitez]. Remember, he lost Perez and Rondon.
"He lost 30 goals when he joined and that was a big void for that football club - and yet he's managed to find a way of getting that team, pulling it together and they've delivered.
"They've had a centre-forward who isn't scoring goals in Joelinton, but have still won football matches."
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Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund (PIF), which is led by crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, have been linked with a £300m purchase of Newcastle for months.
Mauricio Pochettino is reportedly one of their managerial targets should a purchase go through.
Last week, Bruce called for 'clarity' from the Premier League on the proposed takeover.
He said: "I think everybody needs a bit of clarity.
"And if I am led to believe it's the Premier League that are stalling all of the negotiations then they have to come and make a decision sooner or later. It is not healthy for anybody.
"We can't use that [the takeover] as an excuse but we need a bit of clarity and get it put to bed one way or another."
Tony Cascarino has praised the job Steve Bruce is doing at Newcastle.