Newcastle United have decided to part company with Rafael Benitez after failing to agree terms on a new contract, leaving the Magpies six weeks to appoint a new manager ahead of the new Premier League season.
This managerial hunt however is going to be a challenge due to various factors from the club’s structure to rumours of a possible takeover, which could be critical in deciding who should take over whilst pleasing fans who are bound to be irate at Benitez’s departure.
We therefore take a look at three managers who could well find themselves in the running to take over on Tyneside.
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Currently linked with the managerial vacancy on provision on a takeover deal being done, Jose Mourinho is a manager who surely is bound to be amongst those on Newcastle’s shortlist.
The obvious issue with Mourinho however is that he doesn’t tend to last long at clubs, which would be at odds with Newcastle’s long-term ambitions of being amongst the top clubs in English Football.
Another problem would be the fact that Mourinho can be vocal when he doesn’t get the right transfers in and that is surely a huge concern for a club who already face fierce criticism from fans over their transfer strategies and lack of spending.
On that note, he would probably endear himself to the fans who are also vocal about the club’s transfer strategies but unless a takeover is done, he would be a huge risk for Newcastle in my opinion.
Managerial potential: 2/5
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If Newcastle want someone who knows how to work within tight restrictions without complaints then Tony Pulis might be the ideal short-term answer until a takeover is struck at least.
Two obvious downsides though is that under Pulis, Newcastle probably are looking at boring football and another bottom half finish which would be a flattering out of progress made under Benitez.
He however knows how to work within a club’s structure and get the best out of the club as seen with Middlesbrough last season, although I can imagine Boro fans not wanting to wish Pulis on Newcastle fans because his football isn’t entertaining and no fans deserves that especially if he last managed one of their local rivals.
I however can see Pulis being a realistic target if Mike Ashley wants someone who knows how to do a solid job within tight limits, so wouldn’t be a surprise if we see Pulis at St James Park next season.
Managerial potential: 4/5
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If Benitez’s appointment was a signal of intent from Newcastle then perhaps we will see another left field hiring in the form of Laurent Blanc.
The Frenchman has an impressive win rate at each of his three previous clubs, albeit all three were in France so he would probably take some convincing to come over to the Premier League after a three year sabbatical away from management.
He would be the ideal manager to appease fans but the stumbling block probably would be the club’s structure and transfer strategies, unless he can be persuasive and enforce beneficial changes which Benitez struggled to do despite all his efforts.
I therefore can see Blanc being a decent bet to take the club forward but it comes down to whether Newcastle can change their ways, which seem unlikely at the minute.
Managerial potential: 4/5
Arsene Wenger – Quality manager who has experience of working within tight budgets and club structure at Arsenal and probably would enjoy the challenge that Newcastle poses.
Garry Monk – Plays quality football and spends wisely although there are current questions about involvement of his agent in deals.