The former Borussia Dortmund boss has been out of work since he left Westfalenstadion in December 2020.
Lucien Favre: The New Favourite for Newcastle United Job
Lucien Favre Takes Favouritism as Manager Search Ongoing
After Steve Bruce’s departure last week, Newcastle United continue to look for a replacement. Former Roma coach Paulo Fonseca had initially been reported as the number one choice but it seems Lucien Favre has taken steps ahead of him in the reckoning.
They are just two of many names to have been linked with taking over under the new regime following Mike Ashley’s sale of the club.
That sale has seen expectations, for the future anyway, take a sharp rise. For now, placed just 19th in the Premier League with four points, the task remains to stay in the division ahead of a stunning project that will probably get underway in January.
Favre’s 27 Years of Experience
The Swiss coach has a wealth of experience having started his senior managerial career in 1993, stunningly promoted from coaching U14s (1991), and then U17s (1992), to the first team at Echallens within two years. Favre gained promotion in his first season.
Over time, Favre has managed to rise from job-to-job, eventually leading the likes of Zurich, Hertha Berlin, Borussia Monchengladbach, Nice and, most notably, Borussia Dortmund.
As a manager, he has gained two promotions, two Swiss Super League’s and two Swiss Cup’s, as well as a German Super Cup.
His time at Dortmund started particularly well, with him going unbeaten in his first 15 Bundesliga fixtures – a club record.
Favre’s sacking in December 2020 came after a 5-1 loss to Stuttgart, though Dortmund sat just five points behind league leaders Bayern Munich.
Favre was in talks to take over at Crystal Palace in the summer before changing his mind and rejecting their offer.
Marc Overmars a Candidate for Key Role at Newcastle United
Christian Falk adds that Ajax director of football Marc Overmars is a candidate for the role of sporting director. As portrayed by Manchester City in the years following their takeover, the appointment of the right people at the top, above the manager, is just as important as the manager himself.
Overmars has regularly been acknowledged for his great work with the Eredivisie champions. The former Arsenal winger has overseen the Amsterdam-based side thrive since he took the role in July 2012.
They have since secured four Eredivisie titles, two KNVB Cup’s, two Johan Cruyff Shield’s, whilst also reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League and final of the Europa League.
He is one of the most highly-respected directors of football in the game today and will no doubt have plenty of eyes on him should he choose to depart Ajax, with Newcastle able to offer an interesting project, at the front of the queue.
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