Lee told the Evening Chronicle: "I look around and if it isn't Alan, I can't see who they will appoint.
"Newcastle are in trouble without him. To get the fans back onside and through the turnstiles will be hard.
"I think Alan is the only man to do that. They will support him and love to have him in charge.
"It will be a much better club with him at the helm than anybody else. But the longer it goes on, the harder it is going to be."