The Shields Gazette are reporting that former Italy manager Roberto Donadoni enquired about the vacant Newcastle position but was turned away due to his lack of Premiership experience.
This is what Ross Gregory writes in his report:
The AC Milan legend has been out of work since leaving Bologna last year, and had thrown his hat into the ring to replace Rafa Benitez in the St James’s Park dugout.
However, Donadoni was discounted by chief executive Lee Charnley because he doesn’t have any experience of English football.
So reports Tuesday by Mark Douglas of the Chronicle stating that Newcastle were only interested in managers with up to date Premier League experience was accurate.
Though Steve Bruce has been out of the Premier League since Hull City were relegated in 2015, we suppose he does have a lot of experience in England.
To be fair, Roberto Donadoni has not had much success at either club or international level. He was appointed manager of the Italian National Team after their World Cup victory in 2006 replacing Marcello Lippi. He led them into the 2008 Euro’s but Italy had a disappointing tournament and Donadoni was sacked.
At club level, the biggest club he has managed is Napoli but only lasted for seven months after poor results. His most recent positions have been at Parma and Bologna.
At Parma, he was the victim of a club that went into bankruptcy which ultimately ended a decent three-year spell at the club.
His last position was with Bologna where he managed from 2015 to 2018. His record of 1.13 points per match with a 30% winning percentage was poor to say the least.