Four Men Are On Newcastle's Managerial Shortlist, Two Of Them Are Already Set To Turn Them Down
The excitement in Tyneside is now in full swing after the £300 million Saudi-led takeover of Newcastle United was completed on Thursday, but the feel-good factor has been tempered somewhat after reports have emerged that two men on the club's managerial shortlist are set to turn down the job.
Steve Bruce is still in the Magpies' hotseat, but it is reportedly only a matter of time before the Geordie-Born boss is replaced at St James' Park. Antonio Conte and Eddie Howe were the two names being touted to replace Bruce, but it appears unlikely that either of them will be stepping into the Newcastle dugout.
The Sun reports that the Italian coach would prefer to manage a club that is capable of winning titles immediately, rather than what is perceived to be more of a long-term project at Newcastle.
Meanwhile, ex-Bournemouth boss Howe is said to be waiting on the chance to manage Southampton, with current manager Ralph Hasenhüttl under pressure after a winless start to the Premier League season.
Football Insider reports that the 43-year-old is keen to remain on the south coast, with Saints seemingly an ideal next move for the young coach.
Speculation is now linking other big names to the job. The Daily Mirror reports that Steven Gerrard could be tempted with a move back English football after leading Rangers to the Scottish Premiership title.
Former AS Roma head coach Paulo Fonseca is also being touted for the job by the Mirror after a potential move to replace Jose Mourinho at Tottenham Hotspur failed to materialise.
Both Gerrard and Fonseca having previous experience of winning trophies, with Fonseca also winning three league and cup doubles at Shakhtar Donetsk before moving onto Roma.
For now, it will be Bruce that leads the Toon Army after the international break when they host Tottenham Hotspur on 17th October. The Magpies complete the month with a trip to Crystal Palace on 23rd October, ahead of welcoming Chelsea to St James' Park on 30th.
Topics: Steve Bruce, Eddie Howe, Newcastle United, Antonio Conte