News in the Mirror today that 48 year-old Bruno Labbadia, who was born in West Germany but is of Italian descent, has been contacted by Newcastle United, as the club seems to have widened their search for a head coach.
Bruno Labbadia – good experience in Bundesliga
Labbadia could well be the fourth candidate contacted since last last Friday, with the other ones thought to be Remi Garde, Christophe Galtier and Thomas Tuchel – although we cannot be certain it’s those specific people.
Labbadia has coached a number of German clubs including Stuttgart from December, 2010 until August of 2013, when he was sacked, after Stuttgart lost their opening three Bundesliga matches of the 2013–2014 season.
Reports out of Germany are claiming that Newcastle have been in contact with Labbadia twice, as Newcastle seem to be considering a number of candidates before making a final decision on who should replace Alan Pardew – either immediately or in the summer.
Bruno Labbadia is presumably available to start work at Newcastle immediately – should he be offered the head coaching position on Tyneside – and he has shot into the betting at 10/1 on SkyBet.
Bruno has been in management in Germany since 2003 when he retired from playing, and has managed clubs such as Bayer Leverkusen and Hamburg before he took on the Stuttgart job.
Labbadia was a striker and played in the Bundesliga for several top German clubs including Hamburg, Bayern Munich and Werder Bremen, and he played 557 games and scored 204 goals in his career, and picked up two German caps.
And maybe Labbadia is the one who Newcastle have been talking to but hasn’t been in the media spotlight – which is what some papers were reporting last night.
With this appointment at Newcastle being so important, it’s probably a good thing that Newcastle are casting their net wide – in order to get the right coach to succeed Pardew.
We only have two games to play in January.
Here’s the current betting on SkyBet for Newcastle’s head coach position.
Remi Garde 1/2
Tim Sherwood 5/1
John Carver 9/2
Bruno Labbadia 10/1
Steve McClaren 12/1
Update – Newcastle United on Monday night denied they had been in touch with Bruno Labbadia.
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