Over the summer, it was widely reported that former Feyenoord boss Giovanni Van Bronckhorst was keen to take the vacant Newcastle United job.
A few months later, it has emerged that the Dutchman has now been given a ‘access-all-areas role’ at the Manchester City, with the club preparing for him to succeed Pep Guardiola when the Spaniard’s contract expires in a few years time. You really couldn’t make this up..
Not only was Van Bronckhorst ‘desperate’ to land the NUFC job over the summer according to the Chronicle’s Mark Douglas, we appear to have chosen Steve Bruce over Pep Guardiola’s potential successor – a line which really does sum up Mike Ashley’s lack of footballing knowledge:
Only Mike Ashley could instigate such a comical decision.
Van Bronckhorst would’ve been a risk. I can’t suddenly act like he was an elite manager at the time he was linked with the job, but a manager being eyed up by the favourites to win the Champions League somehow seems superior to a washed up Championship manager who has one of the worst win rates in Premier League history.
Also, what happened to us looking for a ‘young, dynamic, forward thinking’ manager? This was reported to be our focus following Rafa’s exit and the Dutchman would’ve fit the bill – yet we opted for Bruce..