A report in the Daily Star has claimed that former France and PSG manager Laurent Blanc has told the Newcastle hierarchy that he wants to be the next manager of Newcastle United.
The report is dubious at best as there are no sources provided. It consists of just a flat claim that Blanc has let the “Toon Bosses” know he is keen on the job.
Blanc has not managed since he was shockingly fired as PSG manager over three years ago. He had a very impressive record at PSG boasting a win percentage of 73 per cent.
He won three consecutive Ligue 1 titles as well as back to back wins in the Coupe de France. However, it was his failure in the Champions League, which the club’s Qatari owners covet so much, that led to his dismissal.
Prior to that he coached France for just under two seasons after leaving as Bordeaux’s manager in 2010. His overall win percentage as a manager is an impressive 66 per cent.
He of course was also an outstanding defender who helped France win the 1998 World Cup and also finished his playing career in the Premier League with Manchester United.
Laurent Blanc– reportedly wants Newcastle job
The fifty-three year old has not managed in three years and may be looking for a job. However, we have to doubt that someone with Blanc’s pedigree would come to Newcastle under the current ownership.
He will have heard all about how the club has treated Rafa Benitez and will know that under Mike Ashley success is not high on the priority list.
We really like Laurent Blanc, even though we feel he unsettled Yohan Cabaye a bit when PSG were chasing him and ultimately secured his transfer.
He was a very professional player and, by all accounts -other than the Yohan Cabaye situation – is a dignified person and we would be surprised if he is really interested in working under Mike Ashley. Especially after this latest debacle where there can be no more hiding who he really is.