It’s not surprising that Newcastle are being linked with a lot of coaches for the Newcastle vacancy, now that Alan Pardew has officially left Newcastle for Crystal Palace.
Rafa Benitez at Napoli
If you believe the People and Alan Oliver today, then the five man short list is St Etienne’s Christophe Galtier, Borussia Moenchengladbach’s Lucien Favre, former Mainz coach Thomas Tuchel, former Lyon coach Remi Garde and 67 year-old Dick Advocaat, who is currently out of work.
In the Mail they are reporting that Steve McClaren and Rafa Benitez are the front-runners to fill the vacancy, and in the Sunday Sun former player Temuri Ketsbaia is currently available and he says he really wants the job.
We don’t have Rafa Benitez in our poll of nine potential new head coaches at Newcastle, because he just wouldn’t come to Newcastle, and we didn’t put Ketsbaia in because we forgot about him. 😀
A lot of the coaches being mentioned are not available – but neither was Alan Pardew when Crystal Palace came after him earlier this week, after thy had sacked their manager Neil Warnock a short eight days ago.
Rafa Benitez signed a two year deal with Napoli in May, 2013, after manager Walter Mazzarri resigned and last season he had them in 3rd place on 78 points in Serie A and they won the Coppa Italia, defeating Fiorentina 3–1 in the final,
This season they are currently fourth top in Serie A with 27 points from their first 16 games, so he has done well in Italy.
But Rafa likes to spend money and buy big players, and while he was at Liverpool he always wanted to spend big money on big players, and that just will not happen at Newcastle while Mike Ashley is still the owner.
There are some coaches who just would never come to Newcastle because of the frugal way in which Mike Ashley runs the club on a shoe-string, and we’ve always believed that Rafa is one of those coaches.
But we’ve been wrong before. 😀
Here are nine potential coaches we picked out who could get the Newcastle job – and hopefully a (very) good head coach will be appointed this week.
That’s what Newcastle fans need after that terrible display yesterday when we seemed to field a very weakened side at Leicester City.
Time to vote if you haven’t already done so.
Comments always welcome.
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