The Chronicle are reporting that ex-Feyenoord manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst is not in the running for the manager’s position at Newcastle.
It was reported soon after the announcement that Rafa Benitez would not return that von Bronckhorst’s name appeared as someone expressing interest in the position.
This was due to comments his agent Guido Albers when asked about the new vacancy at Newcastle. This is what Albers said then:
“I think the rumours have come a little bit early and no-one from the club has spoken to Gio. But I think every coach in the world would be interested in working in the Premier League.
“And what we would say if a club like Newcastle has an opportunity to work for them then of course he would be interested in doing that. It is an amazing club with an amazing fanbase but it’s up to them who they decide to go for.”
The Chronicle are now reporting that van Bronchhorst’s representatives have indeed contacted Newcastle but have been turned away. This is what Mark Douglas reports:
But after representatives for the ex-Netherlands international contacted the club they were told the Magpies were ideally looking for someone with experience of coaching in the Premier League.
The message communicated to van Bronckhorst appears to suggest United are looking for someone who will hit the ground running and has a working up-to-date knowledge of the English top flight rather than someone from overseas who will be learning about the Premier League on the job.
This is a good indication of the mindset of Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley as they search for a new manager. One which, incidentally, should have began almost six weeks ago when Rafa Benitez informed them in May of his decision to not extend his contract as tendered.
Giovanni von Bronckhorst– no longer in contention for Newcastle job
If Newcastle are in fact looking for someone with Premier League coaching experience that would eliminate candidates like Steven Gerard, Patrick Vieira, and Chris Wilder.
It would also bring question marks about Mikel Arteta who has never held the top position but does have assistant manager experience. He would therefor theoretically have a “up-to-date knowledge of the English top flight”.
Then there is the likes of Spaniard Quique Sanchez Flores who has just one year of experience at Watford. Would that be considered enough experience? Surely he would have enough overall experience to still be in contention. Though it depends on how long ago “up-to-date” is as his one year of experience was in 2015-16.
If reports are correct that the club is looking to hire a manager before the team leave for China the middle of next week, then they have to identify their top candidate and quickly.
With all of the noise around Steve Bruce today, they may have done just that. While we believe Bruce would jump at the chance, Sheffield Wednesday will want to keep the manager who only joined the club in February.
Bruce does have a history, albeit early in his managerial career, of jumping to better jobs after only months in charge.
He left Wigan in 2001 after just two months at the helm to join Crystal Palace, from whom he bolted for Birmingham City just three months later.