Steve Bruce has arrived at Newcastle United as speculation over his future continues to mount. The head coach survived Monday in which Amanda Staveley and Mehrdad Ghodoussi met with the players and coaching staff.
Here is a video of Bruce arriving at the training ground this morning looking very much like he’ll take part in today’s training.
? Steve Bruce has arrived at Newcastle's training ground this morning amidst speculation regarding his future pic.twitter.com/zu7zHhPmBi
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) October 12, 2021
It has been widely speculated that Bruce will be relieved of his duties at some point this week. The new owners are currently working to complete a list of candidates, which seems to be growing daily.
Leicester City’s Brendan Rodgers and Rangers’ boss Steven Gerrard were two of the first names broached when the takeover was completed last Thursday.
Graham Potter was also touted as a potential candidate last week. The Brighton manager has guided The Seagulls up to 6th place in the table this season.
The list was always going to include some managers currently out of jobs. Antonio Conte has been tentatively linked, however, his demands may him a fringe option at this point.
Eddie Howe has also been linked but not as strong as one would expect. The former Bournemouth boss is reportedly waiting to see what happens at Southampton so may not be interested in spearheading Newcastle’s rebuild.
Two available managers that have been on the rise of late are former Dortmund manager Lucien Favre and Premier League legend Frank Lampard. Favre is reportedly keen on the position and previously signed Allan Saint-Maximin when with Nice.
Lampard is slowly turning from an under-the-radar candidate into a leading contender. He has received some support from pundits with former Rangers striker Ally McCoist saying the following on talkSPORT:
“They’ll go about it in the right way and I don’t have a problem with them going for a young coach like Frank Lampard.
“I think he’s one hundred per cent good enough for the Newcastle job.”
Lampard was a surprise appointment at Stamford Bridge in 2019 after a brief but promising spell with Derby in The Championship. In his first season, he finished fourth in the table.
However, things unraveled last season after Chelsea spent £200m on transfers in the summer. Lampard couldn’t get The Blues going and was replaced by Thomas Tuchel in January.
Late on Monday, Louise Taylor in The Guardian added the names of Erik ten Hag and Roberto Martinez to Newcastle’s list of candidates.
The Chronicle is reporting that the Ajax boss and the Belgium National team manager are both very interested in the position. Martinez has recently been linked with replacing Ronald Koeman at Barcelona.
It remains to be seen how much longer Bruce remains at the helm as the list of his potential replacements gets finalized. The 60-year-old arrived today in his Newcastle tracksuit so it appears he will be at least taking part in the morning session.
The day after the takeover was confirmed, Wor Flags announced they would be back at St. James’ Park and were working to get a display ready for Sunday.
The group had been boycotting but vowed a return once Ashley sold the club. Here is an inspirational video they have just released.
— Wor Flags ?? (@worflags) October 12, 2021