Newcastle step up search for new manager as THREE ‘leading contenders’ emerge – The Times

According to The Times, the new owners at Newcastle United will step up their search for Steve Bruce’s replacement this week.

Martin Hardy’s Monday morning piece claims that THREE names are in the frame, with Roberto Martinez, Steven Gerrard and Unai Emery now believed to be ‘leading contenders’ for the job.

Martinez is currently with the Belgian national side but has been linked with a return to the Premier League, where he has previously managed Everton and Wigan.

Interestingly, both of those stints have seen Graeme Jones alongside him as his assistant – something that may only boost his hopes of landing the job should the new owners keep the Gateshead-born coach on Tyneside.

As for Gerrard, he refused to rule himself out of the running when speaking to the press last Friday. It wasn’t a come and get me plea, but at no point did he say he won’t be leaving Rangers or wouldn’t consider the job at St James’ Park should Steve Bruce get the sack.

Then to Emery, who is currently at Spanish side Villarreal after a stint at Arsenal over the 2018/19 season.

Since then, he’s helped them finish 7th in La Liga last season – a year which saw them lift the Europa League after beating Manchester United on penalties to lift the trophy.

Here’s a snippet from Martin Hardy’s piece for The Times, which insists that Bruce looks set to stay until a replacement is found:

Newcastle United will this week step up their search for a new manager with Roberto Martínez, Steven Gerrard and Unai Emery emerging as leading contenders to replace Steve Bruce.

Newcastle were yesterday beaten 3-2 by Tottenham Hotspur in their first match under Saudi Arabian ownership with Yasir al-Rumayyan, the new chairman, and the director Amanda Staveley in attendance at St James’ Park.

Bruce had not been expected to retain his position after the takeover and a capacity crowd called for his dismissal. All decisions will be taken by the board of Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), which owns 80 per cent of the club, with al-Rumayyan the PIF’s governor. It is thought Bruce will stay until a replacement is found.

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5 thoughts on “Newcastle step up search for new manager as THREE ‘leading contenders’ emerge – The Times

  1. Bruce’s comments after the game baffled me – we’re too easy to score against and it’s been like this ALL season (!?)

    One game it didn’t was the Burnley game in the cup – we went out on penalties – he played Lewis instead of Richie and were solid – he is a LB – a couple of errors but anyone coming in will need a few games to adjust

    What needs to be done immediately IS to get Lewis in and also remove Joelington and replace with a midfielder – there’s enough attacking options without someone standing around waiting for the ball to feet

    One would have thought that Bruce with his background that he would have drilled the back 4/6

    While Wilson was injured we needed cover BUT Bruce got rid of 2 strikers and didn’t replace; with only Gayle on the bench who never gets used (!?)

    Bruce saying that he wasn’t after a striker in the summer just a another midfielder (!?)
    ….
    For me Bruce has been trying to get the huge payoff for months

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  2. More Fake news, a capacity crowd did not call for Bruce to go. Some elements of the Gallowgate end called for it, as they have done ever since he arrived. I’m not a Bruce supporter but there has been a sustained hate campaign towards him ever since he arrived!

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  3. Mack:
    More Fake news, a capacity crowd did not call for Bruce to go.Some elements of the Gallowgate end called for it, as they have done ever since he arrived.I’m not a Bruce supporter but there has been a sustained hate campaign towards him ever since he arrived!

    You honestly think he should stay at this point?

    We’re going down if he isn’t sacked.

    I was at the game yesterday and the Bruce Out chants were pretty loud. Even if not everyone got involved, it’s pretty clear the vast majority of NUFC fans want him gone – and rightly so.

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  4. Bruce needs to go fresh ideas needed and a change in tatctics bruce has had his chance can’t go on with poor results 3 wins in 38 anybody anywhere else would have gone 10-15 games ago.

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  5. Yes it is true Bruce has had his chance to prove he can improve the team performance and failed.What is also true is Ashley unwilling to spend money on decent players, the new owner will have to spend a lot more than 50 mill to keep this team in the Premier.
    Without quality players,I don’t carte who the new manager is we will not stay upland that is obvious.

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