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Report – Young Manager Has Been Dropped From Contention For Newcastle Role

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.

136 comments so far

  • Jib

    Jul 9, 2019 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #121

    Cars are stock in a car dealers
    You couldn’t sell the lot or show room
    Players aren’t stock they are intangible assets

  • Our Toon

    Jul 9, 2019 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #122

    So no announcement lol, right I’m off. Clearly it’s the same old here, nothing to see people

  • HarryConkers

    Jul 9, 2019 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #123

    You could sell anyhing if its agreed by both parties…..

  • jimiley

    Jul 9, 2019 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #124

    I got odds of 7/4 for Bruce and stuck 50 quid on him.
    He looks nailed on to me.
    Which are the tree appointments which will most infuriate Too supporters.
    Wise but no managerial experience. JFK but health is not great. Bruce. Bingo.
    Ashley will do his utmost to antagonize so Bruce fits the bill perfectly. And he will give him 100 million.
    But the Toon fans will go beserk.
    Will they now. And do what exactly? Shout a lot???

  • Moonraker15

    Jul 9, 2019 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #125

    No manager’s coming in! Redfearn is the man!

  • c-dog

    Jul 9, 2019 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #126

    Rondon will be the signing to appease fans

  • Lovem or Hatem

    Jul 9, 2019 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #127

    Ashely is the only time-waster in any NUFC takeover

  • Toon222

    Jul 9, 2019 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #128


    Is ther any way of ordering those shirts without twitter?

  • Nedders

    Jul 9, 2019 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #129

    Possibly pointless comment; someone commented on Radcliffe’s jet heading into Newcastle. Isn’t Radcliffe also involved with Nice, and didn’t Ashley’s plane fly to Nice yesterday?

  • Toon222

    Jul 9, 2019 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #130

    Ashley is purposely wasting time so ther will be only enuf time left to buy 1 or 2 players

    And he’l b away with all the tv mony to buy game

    Money that the club is supposed to get to keep up with other premier league teams who are spending up on 100m per season

    As it stands we are being outspent by championship teams and only for rafa thats wer wed b right now

    Ashley will learn that this season when we drop like a lead balloon but by then it wil b too late and wel b in a weaker position that alot of championship sides too

    We are heading for a disaster and im sorry to say but anybody who keeps giving to ashley by going is facilitating what hes doin

    We need to unite and drive this mongrel out for good


  • Bills Son Is Back

    Jul 9, 2019 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #131

    Mikey update…

    Ya wasting ya money on Bruce…

    He might be able to kick high but that won’t make him a great manager…

    (Me) Mikey, they are talking about Steve Bruce not Bruce Lee…

    (Mikey) That IS who I was talking about…. I’ve seen that Steve kick Shearer… and he didn’t do it hard enough.The tw@t.

    (Me) But Mikey, Bruce Lee has snuffed it.

    (Mikey) Magic, there won’t be any compensation..

  • willowdalerez

    Jul 9, 2019 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #133

    watching the ITV debate… To refashion one of the questions and put it to Ashley:

    Will we have a deal / no deal before the end of the transfer window? If not by when?

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Jul 9, 2019 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #134

    Mikey… any idea who I could pretend to sell the club to next?

    Me… how about the Donald?

    Mikey… Magic Bills, magic!!!!! He’s the only bigger Bull$hitter than me!!!!

    Nobody will believe either of us…. the perfect fakeover.

    Me… I’ll start the rumour on NUFC blog tonight boss.

    You heard it here first guys.

  • dig-n-dig22

    Jul 9, 2019 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #135


    Sure, when the Ashley protests start off, it will only lead to the loss of gate money in SJP, but the negative vibes in a half empty SJP will filter onto the pitch and effect the performance of the players and the poor performances will mean lot’s of points lost, leading to relegation. Ashley needs to remember, when we arrived back in the Prem we have fought off relegation both seasons, it was only possible because of a quality manager who had the backing of 52.000 fans every home game and the support of the whole Geordie nation. The fans have drawn a line and withdrawn their support . all of a sudden we have gone from costing Ashley a few quid in gate money to realistically facing life in the Championship and the fans won’t be busting a gut to get him out of there this time

    2 Season’s after Sunderland were relegated from the Prem , they were up for sale in League for a pound £1 don’t think it can’t happen to Ashley. He needs to act now while it is still in his hands.

  • jimiley

    Jul 9, 2019 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #136

    Its no good asking Boris Johnson. You never get a straight answer to a straight question. In fact you rarely get any sort of answer. And the audience lapped up the bullshit. At least Hunt gave a yes or no and justified it with reasoning. It just goes to show you can bullshit the public if you keep saying it optimistically and enough times but eventually you get found out if you are vacuous, Just ask Jezza. hero to zero in two years. I bet all the remainers serenading him at Glastonbury must feel like real cnts now.


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