The highly anticipated news of Steve Bruce’s departure broke earlier this week leaving the football community questioning who will be the next Newcastle manager. Bruce spent just shy of two and a half years with The Magpies keeping them in the Premier League but with no major progression. They currently sit in 19th place having picked up just 3 points in 8 games and without a win since pre-season, therefore no surprise that a change was imminent. I’m sure that it’s not only the current run of results to blame but also the change of ownership and the owner’s ambition to make Newcastle United a title challenging side once again, just like the 1990s and early 2000s.
There are several managers who have been talked about for potentially taking over, many currently managing elsewhere, and a fair few that are currently free agents. In this piece, I’ll be disregarding those in jobs such as Jose Mourinho (Roma), Brendan Rodgers (Leicester), Steven Gerrard (Rangers), and Roberto Martinez (Belgium) and focusing on a couple who are without a club but have a good chance of getting the job.
Firstly, the current bookies favourite Paulo Fonseca. The 48-year-old Portuguese manager had a very successful run during his time in Ukraine, winning 6 trophies with Shakhtar Donetsk. Fonseca earned a move to Roma in 2019 and that enabled him to have a bit more financial freedom with transfers. He managed to bring in some great players including Chris Smalling, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Jordan Veretout, and Pedro who have been and are still very influential for The Yellow and Red’s potentially progress. He managed to secure European places in both seasons with the Giallorossi but was abruptly replaced when Jose Mourinho became available following his departure from Spurs.
On the contrary, Eddie Howe. A man who spent just shy of 10 years with Bournemouth, guiding them all the way from League Two to the Premier League and managing to keep them there for 4 campaigns before falling victim to relegation in his 5th Premier League season. Regardless of that, his work with Bournemouth was immense and I’m quite surprised that no one else has snapped him up. During his time in the topflight, he was able to guide The Cherries to 2 mid-table finishes and 2 close calls, very similar to the Newcastle we know of late. Therefore, I think Howe would be an ideal replacement for Bruce. He has good transfer activity too, bringing in the likes of Nathan Ake, Arnaut Danjuma, and Tyrone Mings for a combined £45m before Bournemouth sold them on for £70m.
Be sure to check out Christian’s piece on the next steps for Newcastle HERE…