French publication L’Equipe are reporting today that Newcastle have failed in their attempt to sign current Marseille manager Andre Villa-Boas.
42-year-old Villa-Boas had a difficult time of it in England managing Chelsea and then Tottenham, so it’s a bit of a surprise Newcastle are reported to be after him.
He does have the Marseille team second top of Ligue 1 at the moment with 56 points from 28 games, and they are 12 points behind PSG.
Marseilles sacked their Sporting Director Andoni Zubizarreta last week, and the French report is the Portuguese manager has turned down a sizable offer from Newcastle to lead our revival under new owners.
But as we have said, he does not have a favorable record in England, and we’re not sure he would be a popular choice with our fans.
Villa-Boas (shown above) has one year left on his deal in France and is refusing to resign, but wants to see out his contract with the famous French club.
From various reports over the last several weeks, former Tottenham and Southampton boss Mauridico Pochettino seems to be the favorite for the Newcastle job.
And at least he has done well in the Premier League since he signed for Southampton from Espanyol in January 2013.
We put out an article today wondering if Rafa Benitez could make a surprise comeback on Tyneside, and that’s still a possibility.
However, we would be surprised if there’s much truth in this article on Villa-Boas.
The new regime have said they will take their time appointing a new manager, and Newcastle still have to complete the season under current manager Steve Bruce.
We have 9 league games to play and face Manchester City in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.
Bruce would like to continue as the manager for next season, but there’s little chance of that happening.
Maybe if Bruce wins six of the remaining nine league games and wins the FA Cup?
It would then be difficult for Amanda Staveley not to give Bruce a chance to lead his home town club’s revival.
What do you think?