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Talksport pundit bizarre reasoning why Unai Emery WOULDN’T be a good choice for Newcastle

3 weeks ago

Simon Jordan has been talking about the managerial vacancy at Newcastle United.

Almost four weeks since the new Newcastle owners got the keys to St James Park and two weeks since Steve Bruce was sacked, yet no new manager in place, as yet.

There has been an ever changing favourite put up for the job by bookies and journalists / pundits alike. however, Tuesday morning saw a major shift.

Widespread reporting that after speaking via Zoom to the Newcastle United owners, Unai Emery was the new hot favourite for the job. Villarreal powerless to stop him leaving if another club pays the £5m buyout clause, with media reporting that the former Arsenel boss is expected to take over at Newcastle before the weekend, providing that personal terms can be agreed.

Experience of the Premier League already, winning a lot of trophies – many of them against the odds at clubs such as Sevilla and Villarreal, as well as at PSG where it was more expected.

Sounds perfect and surely out of the candidates that Newcastle United could realistically attract at this stage, surely Unai Emery the stand out option?

Not to Simon Jordan.

He reckons that Unai Emery ‘has got the credentials’…just not the right ones.

Simon Jordan claiming that the Spaniard ‘ain’t got no credentials for a relegation battle in the Premier League.’

Such a bizarre thought process, that because somebody has experienced success previously and proved to be a level of manager who can win trophies, it then means that they aren’t somebody who is right for a club that is having to battle to avoid failure / disaster.

I just don’t get it. I can understand why you would think a manager who has never been successful, isn’t the right person for a job at a club where they are used to winning things. However, not the other way around. If a manager has been successful and showed they can get players playing well, improving players, improving teamwork…why would that not translate to doing it at a team where players are struggling, or not as talented?

It is like somebody saying that if Norwich were looking for a new manager, they would be better off with Sam Allardyce rather than Pep Guardiola or Jurgen Klopp. Does anybody really believe that, other than certain pundits apparently…

It is all very reminiscent of when people said Rafa Benitez wasn’t suited to managing Newcastle in the Championship due to having won the Champions League and La Liga titles etc. Yet he easily took Newcastle back up to the Premier League, NUFC finishing as champions in 2016/17.

There is no guarantee Unai Emery (or anybody else) will succeed at Newcastle United BUT I have seen how his sides play football and how the team can look better than that collection of individuals.

Plus, Unai Emery did alright at Arsenal and that valuable experience of the Premier League is a big bonus, on top of what he has achieved elsewhere.

Simon Jordan speaking to Talksport about Unai Emery and his suitability (or not…) for the Newcastle United job:

“Everybody knows that this is a project that is going to be built for someone to take over and build even bigger.

“So here you are now, you want somebody probably to deal with the here and now and the here and now is a relegation battle. They’ve got five of the top 10 teams in this country in their next nine games.

“If they turn the year after 19 games on less than 14 points, they’re going to get relegated…And they are going to get less than 14 points.

“So with that in mind, they’ve got a huge challenge.

“They need somebody that… I don’t know who it is, the names that come out…I didn’t advocate Sam Allardyce got the job, I said somebody who is a relegation specialist, that has the record to tell they get somebody out of the situation.

“Cos clearly, the bottle has spun away from Steve Bruce being the root of all the problems, you have now got Graeme Jones in, which is a solution people thought would be okay for the time being.

“The same thing has been replicated.

“It is not a good enough playing squad, there is not a good enough culture in the football club, and there isn’t enough nous on the top of the current ownership model to dictate a change.

“So you have got a conundrum, but you need someone that can navigate Newcastle through this season and get them out of a relegation battle, and Unai Emery to me…I don’t know.

“Listen, the guy weathered a storm at Arsenal, came back after being battered, went and managed Villarreal and achieved something there.

“So he has got the credentials but he ain’t got no credentials for a relegation battle in the Premier League.”


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