There’s a long list of managers that either Newcastle want to appoint or want to be considered for the job at St James’ Park. But who should get the thankless task of replacing Rafa Benitez?
The first candidate we’re going to look at is Mikel Arteta. According to the Telegraph, the Spaniard is on the shortlist to become the next Toon boss. Arteta is currently Pep Guardiola’s assistant at Manchester City, but seems destined to be a manager in his own right someday.
So would the former Arsenal and Everton midfielder be a good choice? Let’s look at the pros and cons of appointing Arteta.
The pros of appointing Arteta
When Arsenal were looking to appoint Arsene Wenger’s successor, they reportedly considered choosing Arteta. But he narrowly missed out to the more seasoned Unai Emery. But surely Arteta has something about him if the Gunners considered him to replace a man like Wenger.
He’s spent the past three years working with one of the best around in Guardiola. Sure, Benitez found a way to neutralise his side last season, but Pep is an elite manager. He makes those around him better, and that has to stretch to his coaching staff.
If Arteta were to arrive, you’d imagine he’d be in a similar mould to Guardiola. Guardiola lite, if you like.
He’d bring a good brand of football and a level of intensity that would keep the players focused and driven.
The cons of appointing Arteta
The big issue with the 37-year-old is that he’s untested. Working under Guardiola is great, but he’s never been out there on his own.
Newcastle would be taking a huge risk by appointing Arteta. And with the state the club is in, can we afford to take a risk like that?
And if you’re Arteta, would you want to take the risk yourself? For your first gig as a manager, you want a bit more of a stable club. Newcastle are anything but.
For me, the positives outweigh the negatives. Arteta could be a risk worth taking for Newcastle United right now.