Giovanni van Bronckhorst throws hat in the ring for Newcastle job

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 26 June 2019, 13:26

A raft of managers with different levels of experience have already been linked with the newest Premier League vacancy at Newcastle; ranging from Jose Mourinho to Mikel Arteta, and Sean Dyche to Anthony Hudson.

The likes of Claudio Ranieri, Garry Monk, and even ex-Sunderland manager David Moyes have filled up column inches, while Giovanni van Bronckhorst has become the first to thrust himself into the frame, via his agent.

“I think the rumours have come a little bit early and no-one from the club has spoken to Gio. But I think every coach in the world would be interested in working in the Premier League,” Guido Albers told The Chronicle.

“And what we would say if a club like Newcastle has an opportunity to work for them then of course he would be interested in doing that. It is an amazing club with an amazing fanbase but it’s up to them who they decide to go for.”

Van Bronckhorst is looking for a swift return to management after leaving Feyenoord last month. The Dutchman enjoyed four successful years in charge of the Rotterdam club, during which he won the Eredivisie - the club’s first title for 18 years - two KNVB Cups, and a couple of Johan Cruyff Shields.

When Van Bronckhorst, 44, revealed he would be leaving in January he expressed his desire to undertake a new challenge. Newcastle evidently appeals to the former Arsenal player, but in truth no one has the faintest idea what direction the Toon will take, especially given the continued ambiguity surrounding a potential takeover.

Newcastle have previously gone Dutch before, back in 1998 when they appointed Ruud Gullit. Under his tutorship, the Magpies reached the FA Cup final - the club’s last final of any sort - where they lost to Sir Alex Ferguson's Man Utd. However, a year after taking the job he resigned following a defeat to fierce rivals Sunderland, a game in which he controversially left Alan Shearer on the bench.

Since then a dozen Newcastle managers have come-and-gone, only three of which have accumulated over 100 games at the helm: Bobby Robson, Alan Pardew, and most recently Rafa Benitez.

The next appointment will be Newcastle’s first in over three years, and in our Twitter Poll - see above - it’s currently Jose Mourinho leads the way with 39% of the vote. Who knows, Benitez may even make a dramatic u-turn should a takeover occur...

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