IAN LADYMAN: The Newcastle job is NOT as attractive as it seems


Antonio Conte, Roberto Mancini, Brendan Rodgers, Eddie Howe, Rafael Benitez, Graham Potter, Jose Mourinho, Roberto Martinez, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard.

They are just 10 of the names linked with the Newcastle post. Maybe Amanda Staveley and her friends in Saudi Arabia will give the job to all of them. They could probably afford it.

More prosaically, the truth is whoever gets the job as Steve Bruce’s replacement will not be the lucky one. No, the good fortune will belong to the bloke who walks in two or three years down the line.

The expected vacancy at Newcastle United is not as attractive as it would first appear

In saying this, I think back to September 2008 and the day Manchester City passed into the ownership of Sheik Mansour of Abu Dhabi. That morning I sent a text to one of Mark Hughes’s coaching staff suggesting he had just won the lottery.

‘Yes,’ he replied. ‘All we have to do now is win everything.’

And that is the nub. It was back then in Manchester and it is now in Newcastle. Staveley has already spoken of taking things steadily and the new owners of City said a similar thing.

The only problem is that football’s definition of time is different to everybody else’s. So Hughes got 16 months before he was binned and looking back now you can identify him as a stepping stone.

Gerrard has impressed with Rangers and led them to the title

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has been linked with the job

Steven Gerrard (L) and Brendan Rodgers (R) are among the big names linked with the job

However, the incumbent could be a stepping stone, as was the case for Mark Hughes at City

However, the incumbent could be a stepping stone, as was the case for Mark Hughes at City

There were flaws in his reign but he handed Mancini a squad that included Vincent Kompany, Pablo Zabaleta, Gareth Barry, Carlos Tevez and Nigel de Jong. Mancini developed all of that and won the Premier League two-and-a-half years later.

The question for Newcastle United now is this: who will they persuade to be their stepping stone? That is not how the job will be sold. The selling points will be the massive salary, a great city, huge fan base and pots of money to spend…

Source : dailymail

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