The likes of Moyes, Dyche, Wenger, Bruce, Mourinho and Hudson have all been linked with the job since yesterday’s devastating news broke from the club, but these are two new names for the club to consider.
Ranieri has had spells with Roma, Fulham and Nantes since helping Leicester to that famous Premier League title back in 2016, while Van Bronckhorst has only just recently left Feyenoord after helping the Dutch giants to their first Eredivisie title in 18 years in 2017.
Here’s what Sky’s north-east reporter Keith Downie has had to say today, confirming both Van Bronckhorst and Ranieri have ‘expressed an interest’ in taking over on Tyneside:
I have my doubts that he’d be happy to work under Mike Ashley once he sits down for talks and realises what he’s dealing with, but Ranieri *might* be a decent option.
That said, this may be me remembering his incredible time at Leicester and forgetting how much he failed to make an impact during his brief stint at Fulham.
As for Van Bronckhorst, he’s only managed at Feyenoord so would arrive as somewhat of an unknown quantity – even if he does have huge experience and an impress CV in the game from his time as a player.
It seems there’s plenty of interest in the job, but sadly, any new manager that arrives won’t be Rafa.