The Telegraph’s Luke Edwards claims that Newcastle will try and fail with an approach for Jose Mourinho, but states that Steve Bruce, David Moyes and Sean Dyche are all in the running to replace Rafa Benitez.
The piece states that Sheffield Wednesday boss Steve Bruce is ‘admired’ by Ashley and seen as an ‘early front runner’, however Edwards claims that ex-Everton boss David Moyes and Burnley manager Sean Dyche are also interested and under consideration.
Eddie Howe is also reported as a target, but it’s said that the club “do not believe” they’ll be able to persuade him to leave Bournemouth.
It’s also reported that club chiefs are aiming to appoint a new manager BEFORE the senior side travel to China ahead of the Asia Trophy in just over two weeks time.
Here’s a snippet from the Telegraph’s latest piece, which also highlights that Eddie Howe is a target – but someone they feel
‘Telegraph Sport understands the Magpies, despite the controversy surrounding owner Mike Ashley and the way he runs the business, have already been made aware of interest from a host of managers, both in and out of work, as news of Benitez’s departure broke.
‘It is understood they will look to appoint someone who is willing to work as a head coach, but are keeping an open mind about everything else. That means they will look at candidates, both home and abroad, with different age and experience profiles.
‘The aim is to have the new man in place before the first team travel to China to compete in the Premier League Asia Trophy in just over a fortnight’s time.
‘Newcastle could make an ambitious start to the process with an approach to Jose Mourinho’s representatives to see if the Portuguese is willing to take over at the club of his former mentor Sir Bobby Robson.
‘That will almost certainly be knocked back, which leaves the other name to have featured prominently in the early discussions at St James’ Park, Steve Bruce, as the early front runner.
‘Bruce is admired by those close to Ashley and is thought to have the ideal personality to work with the owner. As a Geordie it has also always been his dream job. Bruce, a former Sunderland manager who has spent the much of his recent career managing in the Championship, would not be a popular choice with supporters.
‘However, he would be willing to put himself in the firing line and is not scared of the challenge of replacing Benitez, no matter how much abuse he initially took.
‘Other names under consideration will be former Everton and West Ham manager David Moyes and Burnley’s Sean Dyche. The Magpies do not believe they will be able to persuade Eddie Howe to leave Bournemouth, but have been led to believe that the other three British managers would be keen to replace Benitez.’
Appointing Bruce would be some smack in the face for Newcastle fans – a former Sunderland boss who specialises in the Championship these days.
I could laugh at the line that says “Bruce is admired by those close to Ashley and is thought to have the ideal personality to work with the owner”. I’m not sure about you, but doesn’t that translate to ‘he’d happily become a yes man who’d work within Ashley’s strict instructions’?.
The rumours regarding our new manager are inevitable now, but incredibly tedious given Rafa’s successor will be a considerable downgrade on what we had.