The prevailing wisdom seems to be that Steve Bruce will keep his job, at least in the interim, after the takeover of Newcastle is complete.
However, that hasn’t prevented some top managers being linked to lead the club’s resurgence under an ambitious ownership group.
The links have primarily centered on a return for Rafa Benitez and moves for Max Allegri and Mauricio Pocchettino, who are both between clubs at the moment. Though others have emerged.
On Monday, a report in Italy named former Roma boss Luciano Spalletti as a possible managerial target.
Last week, Dortmund’s Lucien Favre was touted by Eurosport’s Manu Lonjon as being on the shortlist.
Jorge Jesus– the man, the myth, the legend
On Tuesday, a manager was added to the speculative list who contended this past summer that he was approached about the position under Mike Ashley. Goal is reporting that our new owners have Flamengo manager Jorge Jesus on their managerial shortlist.
In August, the 65-year-old proclaimed during an interview on Brazil’s Fox TV that he had been contacted by Newcastle after the departure of Rafa Benitez.
Jesus opted to take over Brazilian club Flamengo instead of joining the circus that was Newcastle United at the time. However, he only signed a one year deal and is mulling over an extension with the team he led to the Brazil Serie A title last season.
He is reportedly open to staying at Flamengo but is seeking a 50% wage increase, which the club could struggle to afford.
Jesus has had a long coaching career stretching back almost 30 years, which has been almost exclusively in his native Portugal.
He replaced former Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores at Benfica in 2009 and went on to break numerous club records, including wins and trophies, before departing for Sporting Lisbon in 2015.
Jesus went through a coronavirus scare in mid-March when his initial test produced inconclusive results. However, a subsequent test cleared him of having the virus.
O Clube de Regatas do Flamengo informa que o novo exame realizado pelo técnico Jorge Jesus atestou resultado negativo para o Covid-19. O clube agradece pelo suporte de toda Nação Rubro-negra ao Mister nos últimos dias. #CRF
— Flamengo (de ?) (@Flamengo) March 18, 2020
Were not sure what to make of these claims that Jesus is a candidate to become Newcastle’s next manager. However, one thing is for sure, he would be an entertaining presence on Tyneside.