The search for Newcastle United’s next manager is on, and the options on the table vary from interesting to truly awful. But where do Mikel Arteta and Giovanni van Bronckhorst land on the spectrum?
The usual suspects like David Moyes have thrown their hat into the ring, while the takeover talk has put Jose Mourinho into the picture.
A manager like Moyes is washed up, and doesn’t deserve the chance to manage a club Newcastle’s size. As for ‘the special one’, there’s no way he’ll manage the Magpies unless a takeover happens. He’s a serial winner, which Newcastle have never been under Mike Ashley.
Arteta and Van Bronckhorst are exciting names though, and surely attainable.
Mikel Arteta or Giovanni van Bronckhorst could excite Newcastle fans
According to the Sun, Manchester City coach Arteta is in the frame for the job. Having worked under Pep Guardiola with the champions, Arteta seems ready to go it alone as a manager.
He nearly got the Arsenal job last summer, and is very highly rated. The former Everton midfielder just needs a chance, and Newcastle could certainly give him that.
His agent has even confirmed the interest, telling the Chronicle: “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.
“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.”
The Dutchman recently left Feyenoord, where he enjoyed a brilliant spell. He won the Eredivisie in 2017, as well as the KNVB Cup in 2016 and 2018.
Both managers would surely bring a brand of football that would excite supporters. They could get fans on side, which will be essential for whoever replaces Rafa Benitez.
Personally, I’d go for Arteta.