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Sky Sports update on Newcastle United manager search ‘There are 2 outstanding names’

3 weeks ago
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Sky Sports have given an update on the Newcastle United search for a new manager on Wednesday afternoon.

This follows Unai Emery releasing an official public statement, saying he is staying at Villarreal.

The former PSG and Arsenal manager had emerged as the overwhelming favourite after contact was made and the media reported on it on Tuesday.

However, that is now history and Newcastle United need to move on, quickly.

Keith Downie covers Newcastle United for Sky Sports and he has given an update.

He has reported that: ‘There are two outstanding names that are there, that have been on the periphery for a while.’

The Sky Sports man naming them as Roberto Martinez and Eddie Howe.

No disrespect to the two possibilities but in this instance, Downie when using ‘outstanding’, is clearly referring to the likelihood of who is now going to get the job, with other probable candidates very thin on the ground.

One of the big perils when you are trying to appoint a manager mid-season as opposed to the close season when other clubs have time to get a replacement, if their manager takes another job elsewhere.

Keith Downie who covers Newcastle United for Sky Sports reporting – 3 November 2021:

“There are two outstanding names that are there, that have been on the periphery for a while.

“One of them is Eddie Howe.

“Who we know there has been an interest there from with the consortium

“He is out of work just now, he would be a fairly easy appointment, I think he would take this job in a heartbeat. He is somebody who could potentially come in.

“The other is Roberto Martinez, who is currently with Belgium.

“They would then have the issue of trying to get him out of his contract. It wouldn’t be as difficult or as expensive as it would have been with Unai Emery.

“But those are two who I think are possibilities.

“You have to say when you look at the options, we know the club spoke to Paulo Fonseca a couple of weeks ago and nothing has emerged from that, so you would have to suggest that is not going to happen.

“Lucien Favre was another who had been named, so there have been other managers that have been spoken to, but obviously they haven’t impressed the hierarchy here enough to take over.

“I don’t think that’s the case with Eddie Howe and Roberto Martinez, I think those are two potential possibilities who could come in.

“It is back to the drawing board for the hierarchy at the club and there are teething problems. There are issues that start with any of these new takeovers, when a consortium comes in to take over a club, this more than anything, is a case in point.

“It leaves Newcastle and their new owners in a really difficult situation ahead of this game against Brighton at the weekend.”

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