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Six candidates to be the next Newcastle United Manager – What are their chances?

1 year ago
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As the days pass since Rafa Benitez’ departure from St James Park, we are now left wondering who will be named as the next Newcastle United Manager.

Many names have been thrown into the hat, including the ridiculous suggestions of David Moyes and Avram Grant amongst others.

Here’s a look at some of the main men linked and their chances of taking the Toon’s top job.

Jose Mourinho

The ex-Man Utd manager has struggled to reach the heights of old in more recent seasons but still remains an elite manager.

He is the favourite to become Newcastle’s next manager according to various bookies, but is it really likely?

Mourinho is known to have an affinity with Toon supporters and praised them on his last visit with Manchester United.

His unbridled affection for the great Sir Bobby Robson has also been repeatedly mentioned.

Mourinho went on the warpath at Man Utd for, as he saw it, a lack of financial backing and overall instability. If he thought Ed Woodward and co. were diabolical, he’s seen nothing yet!

In a recent interview with the Coaches’ Voice, Mourinho revealed what type of clubs he wants to manage. The Portuguese stated “I have to play to win. Then if I win or don’t win that’s my problem…I need a project where the feeling is I play to win.”

Unless Mike Ashley sells the club we can say with some certainty that Mourinho won’t be filling his old rival’s shoes.

Eddie Howe

After a trying season on the south coast Bournemouth finished 14th, equal on points with Newcastle.

In the space of six years – despite spending two of those at Burnley – Howe took the lowly Cherries from League Two into the Premier League. Since then his side have finished 16th, 9th, 12th and now 14th.

There is an argument to suggest Howe could do a lot more given a better squad and more financial power. No one can argue that he hasn’t taken Bournemouth to greater heights but the question is why leave?

He returned to Bournemouth after a brief spell at Burnley and undoubtedly has greater flexibility than he would at Newcastle. Many would regard Bournemouth as a much smaller club, yet they spent double what Benitez did last Summer – further highlighting Ashley’s ineptitude.

Would you leave a job you loved, a place you call home, for less autonomy and more pressure?

Eddie Howe wouldn’t either. Rule it out.

Mikel Arteta

Manchester City’s assistant manager is another favourite to land the top job at St James’ Park.

The diminutive Spaniard has been Pep Guardiola’s right-hand man since his arrival at the Etihad in 2016.

Arteta is highly thought of in the coaching world and was a rumoured target for Arsenal post-Wenger, before they opted for Unai Emery.

The ex-Everton man is known to want a head coaching opportunity and he could see Newcastle as the perfect landing spot, depending on how he views Mike Ashley. He is ambitious by nature and the Toon are big enough in stature to satisfy his needs.

Mike Ashley may favour Arteta and in particular his inexperience as a manager. The Sports Direct chief may see this as an opportunity to have even more control than under Rafa.

Alan Pardew

Speaking of experience, here is a man with plenty of it – both at Newcastle and in the Premier League.

Dancing Alan has been out of a job after an insipid four month spell at West Bromwich Albion.

Pardew is obviously remembered negatively on Tyneside, despite taking Newcastle to 5th in 2011 and a Europa League quarter-final the year after.

If he were to return to the helm again, Mike Ashley would have an even bigger frenzy on his hands.

Extraordinarily, the ex-Palace manager still has one year left on the 8 year contract offered to him after the successful 2011-12 campaign. Just another example of the mismanagement of this fabled club. Despite the uproar Pardew’s appoint would cause, nothing surprises Toon supporters anymore.

He couldn’t, could he?

Let’s hope this is purely media hysterics.

Garry Monk

Ranked as a moderate chance of attaining the top job, Garry Monk would undeniably love a chance to prove his worth at Newcastle.

Monk has experience of trying to manage expectations at a big club, the Englishman coming close to doing so in Yorkshire as he pushed Leeds toward promotion in 2016/17. They played some brilliant football before a habitual end of season collapse.

Since, he has failed at both Middlesborough and Birmingham. The trend for Monk’s career seems to be a positive start at whichever club he manages before a dramatic disintegration.

Newcastle fans would be right to worry but Monk may rise to the occasion at his biggest club yet.

Roy Keane

Arguably the most likely of the bunch. Sunderland fans are calling for Roy Keane to get the job and “finish us off” but the likelihood of the ex-Man Utd skipper joining remains unlikely.

Anything is possible under Ashley, especially decisions with a negative consequence.

Keane’s managerial record is hardly as impressive as his playing days and is not one to enjoy authority. There is none more controlling than Ashley, with the only surety being fireworks between the two.

Keane’s connection to those on Wearside seems to be another stalling point, at least for Newcastle fans that is…

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