Beardsley is now on the coaching staff at Newcastle United.
"How quickly he can get them back into the top four will be interesting. When you look at it, you would have to say the top three will be the two Manchester clubs and Chelsea.
"It's tough because Man City, Spurs and Chelsea have spent a lot and it looks like United are ready to spend too.
"In a funny way one of the hardest things facing Brendan is trying to replace Jamie Carragher. What he did for that football club was incredible.
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