Things on the Tyneside are heating up! I recently did a
piece on Newcastle United’s imminent ownership takeover and the process seems
to be very much in motion.
The Saudi consortium headed by Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman is already looking at world-class options to bolster the Magpies’ squad and they are not stopping there.
Although early reports suggested that Steve Bruce is likely
to keep his job for the time being, now several reputable outlets have informed
their readers of the new owners’ intentions to bring in an elite manager.
Whether anything will materialize on that front is still
unknown but it’s worth analyzing how the rumored options can potentially affect
the club’s fortunes going forward.
First off, let’s look at which coaches can end up in
Newcastle and I then share my thoughts on who can be a better fir for taking
the club into a new era.
It’s no surprise that Max Allegri’s name has popped up here.
The Italian coach has been without a job for a long time now and definitely has
ambitions to return once football kicks off again.
He has been quite successful during his time with Juventus
and is reveered for his effective tactics and man-management skills.
The new owners will have to promise a lot for Allegri to
come to Tyneside but I reckon they are in a position to fulfill all his
prerequisistes. Naturally, the Italian specialist will want to work with
world-class players and it looks like the Saudis are already working on that
In addition, they can entice him with the atmosphere at St.
James’ Park which is one of the best in England. You may think this is not
something that the manager is thinking about but Allegri is used to Italy’s
stadiums where the tifosi are hugely important.
The Argentine hasn’t managed since getting the sack at
Tottenham but there is no shortage of suitors for his services.
The way he transformed Spurs by instilling hard work and
tenacity into the core of his players, has been quite impressive and it’s
hardly surprising that clubs like Real Madrid, Manchester United, and Bayern
Munich are all weighing up the possibility to bring him in.
Now, with Newcastle entering the big money league, there is
a huge chance that Pochettino may want to try his luck there.
He is very familiar with the Premiership and will almost
certainly jump at the chance of managing a club that can potentially buy any
player on the market. It will be a refreshing change for him after transfer
activity at Tottenham was almost non-existent in the last few years he managed
In addition, the Magpies can easily outbid any of the other
clubs in the race for Poch and make him one of the highest-paid managers in the
Not to mention the fact that there are a bunch of young
talented players on the books whom the Argentinian would be thrilled to work
Who Should Newcastle Appoint?
Both managers have impeccable credentials and they will
likely be successful at the club, so it really depends on what the owners are
Pochettino knows the league inside out and his record at
Tottenham proves that he can build a squad out of thin air and make his players
give their all every single time they step on the football pitch.
The Argentinian will be a great choice if Bin Salman and his
team of executives want to start building from the bottom but his lack of
coaching at the very top may deter the owners from him if they want to take
This is where Allegri comes in. His CV includes stints at
both Juventus and Milan who are two of the biggest football entities in Europe.
The Italian is used to the pressures of managing at that level and is a far
better option than Poch on that front.
I would personally love to see Steve Bruce getting a chance
to start things off but given the nature of the takeover and the ambitions of
the owners, I’m not holding my breath.
They seem to want things done fast and the Englishman will
probably be one of the first casualties of the new regime. They may live to
regret the decision but it looks like they are certain to take the Manchester
City approach here.
In that case, I believe Allegri is a better fit for the
purpose as his authority and experience of working with world-class players
will be of huge benefit to Newcastle United.