Newcastle United will this week step up their search for a new manager with Roberto Martinez, Steven Gerrard, and Unai Emery all linked to the not yet vacant position. According to the Times, Newcastle are lining up candidates in preparation for an overhaul.
Replacing Steve Bruce Is Now a Top Priority in North Tyneside
Pressures of Newcastle United Bigger Than Ever
Less than two weeks into Newcastle’s takeover Steve Bruce departs the club leaving a vacancy at St James’ Park. Managers across the globe are facing veiled questions regarding the mammoth in the room: the vacancy at the richest club in the world. Although, the aspirations and new money of Newcastle United are not enough to lure in some of the elite managers it seems. Some managers are already distancing themselves from the interest. But there is no doubt someone will be willing to take the leap.
With a clear message to everyone 60-year-old Bruce opened up about the pressures of the job. Telling the Telegraph: “I thought I could handle everything thrown at me but it has been very, very tough. To never really be wanted, to feel that people wanted me to fail, to read people constantly saying I would fail,”
Now, the job seems bigger than ever before. Whoever the manager is, hauling Newcastle United back to the top of the Premier League will be no easy feat.
Who is Next for Newcastle United
Saudi Arabia’s PIF are now searching for a replacement that can begin the new era. There is a long list of potential candidates but three names stand out. Lucien Favre, Eddie Howe, and Paulo Fonseca. In the blizzard of names, these three seem to be the most likely.
Favre the former Borussia Dortmund boss is a mixed bag. He has some fantastic achievements under his belt, plays attacking football, and is a no-nonsense manager. However, his penchant for attacking football could lead to big defeats. His Dortmund side were no stranger to conceding goals. In the Premier League, with Newcastle’s still underdeveloped squad, this might lead to a disaster.
Eddie Howe built his name in Bournemouth, the two are synonymous. The pair were a match made in heaven for most of their time together. Culminating in a rather downbeat way, nonetheless, Howe’s achievements at Bournemouth are still incredible. He has the Premier League experience and knows how to steer clear of the relegation zone. However, he would be new to the big budgets and squad management that will come with that.
And finally, Fonseca, most recently with Roma. Fonseca is brash and exciting but struggled with Roma. Leaving Roma in a mess may put off Newcastle as they need stability in the rebuild. Although previous work with Shakhtar Donetsk is appealing. At Shakhtar, he showed stability, calmness, and won trophies. Guillem Balague praised Fonseca on BBC Radio 5 Live Euro Leagues: “I think he has a lot of layers as a manager to be dealing with a club that right now needs completely different foundations of a winning team. They don’t have that by a long way.”