Newcastle United are nearing a takeover once again and the fans in the northeast will no doubt be wondering who – if anyone – the next Newcastle manager will be.
Steve Bruce’s future is bound to come under the microscope. The self-confessed Magpies fan has remained in charge despite some poor performances and results. It’s widely known in the football realms that a lot of the Toon Army would like to see Bruce leave.
And with new owners now close to being through the door, you have to admit that Bruce’s future is looking increasingly bleak.
In terms of replacements, one man we all know very well, Chris Wilder, has been linked with the Newcastle job. Reports from The Chronicle suggested the ex-Blades boss would be more than open to the job.
However, with new foreign ownership, big money due to be invested, and expectations raised, surely Wilder won’t be the next Newcastle United manager.
No disrespect to the former Blades boss here. We think he could do a good job in the northeast. He’d no doubt bring the club together, get the team working hard, and deliver the maximum from players who probably aren’t quite producing now.
But this is Newcastle United. And this is a team now set to be backed but multi-billionaire owners. Sadly, Chris Wilder is not a name that’s going to set the pulses racing of the new Toon leaders.
Add to this that Blades owner Prince Abdullah and Wilder don’t exactly appear to see eye to eye, you could also infer that Wilder’s reputation in Saudi Arabian football spheres took a bit of a hit. Of course, that is just speculation on our part.
More to the point, though, is Newcastle will want a big name who turns heads if and when they replace Bruce. This means the club will likely turn to a top foreign coach. Look at Manchester City, when Mark Hughes had gone, they turned to Roberto Mancini, and then Manuel Pellegrini. Likewise Man United, they’ve gone for Van Gaal and Mourinho after Sir Alex and David Moyes.
Unfortunately for Chris Wilder, this will probably mean he’s overlooked for the Newcastle job. New owners will want to make statements. Whether that be with new signings, a new manager, or big investment.
Wilder, then, is likely to be pushed down the list at Newcastle.