Sir Bobby Robson believes Alan Shearer has the "clout" to turn ailing Newcastle around.
The Magpies head into Monday's Premier League clash with Manchester City sitting second bottom of the table and reeling from a traumatic start to the new season.
Kevin Keegan quit the club last month after alleging boardroom meddling in his transfer activity, while owner Mike Ashley is seeking a way out of St James' Park due to the backlash from the former United boss's departure.
Joe Kinnear has been brought in as temporary manager while the club's future is resolved, but Robson, who held the position from 1999 to 2004, believes former striker Shearer would be an ideal choice to lead Newcastle out of the doldrums.
"Alan might not have any experience, but he knows what the club is all about, he knows the supporters, he knows how they feel and he'd be dedicated to it," Robson told The Sun.
"Alan will make a good manager. He has got clout. He had that in the dressing room as a player, he loved the club. He wanted training and everything around the club right.
"The one thing he hasn't got is experience and to run a club like Newcastle you'd need an experienced man.
"So if Alan came in, he'd need someone else to coach for him or be a good liaison with him.
"What Newcastle need is a top manager and without that they won't succeed."