Giovanni van Bronckhorst is interested in becoming the next Newcastle United boss, according to The Chronicle.
Sky Sports claimed he was keen to replace Rafa Benitez the summer Steve Bruce was appointed, with his agent also confirming his interest in managing in the Premier League and admiration for Newcastle’s “amazing” fans.
Since leaving Feyenoord – which saw him end their long wait for an Eredivisie title – the former Dutch star has had a spell in China with Guangzhou R&F, before leaving for personal reasons in December last year.
Here’s what his agent Guido Albers told The Chronicle when asked about reports linking him with the Newcastle United job back in June 2019:
“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.”
Just days before Steve Bruce took the job, The Chronicle reported that van Bronckhorst was put out of the running to replace Benitez as the club were looking for a manager with more ‘Premier League experience’.
Bruce may have that, but his experience at this level tends to revolve around losing games of football, making our decision to go for a failed dinosaur over a highly-rated young manager from Europe all the more baffling.