According to his agent Guido Albers, former Arsenal and Barcelona star Giovanni van Bronckhorst ‘would be interested’ in replacing Rafa Benitez if he received an offer from Newcastle United.
His agent admits that no one from Newcastle United has spoken to the ex-Feyenoord boss as of yet, but he confirms that the Dutchman would be interested in taking over at the ‘amazing club’ with an ‘amazing fanbase’.
Here’s what Albers has told the Chronicle in the last few moments:
“I think the rumours have come a little bit early and no-one from the club has spoken to Gio. But I think every coach in the world would be interested in working in the Premier League,”
“And what we would say if a club like Newcastle has an opportunity to work for them then of course he would be interested in doing that. It is an amazing club with an amazing fanbase but it’s up to them who they decide to go for.
“Giovanni left Feyenoord, he was competing on a limited budget but won the Eredivisie against two clubs in Ajax and PSV who have greater resources. He had a great relationship with the fans, the players, the media and the city and he’s ready for the next challenge.”
Interestingly, these comments come just a few hours after Sky Sports claimed the 44-year-old was keen to replace Rafa at St James’ Park, with the same report also stating that Claudio Ranieri was interested.
Van Bronckhorst took over at Feyenoord in 2015 – his only role in senior management since he retired from playing in 2010 – and left at the end of their 2018/19 season this summer.
In his four years at the club he’s come away with a 61% win percentage, leading Feyenoord to KNVB Cup glory in 2016 and helping them win their first Eredivisie title in 18 years in 2017.
Over the last two seasons they’ve finished 3rd in the Dutch League, behind both Ajax and PSV on both occasions.