In April 2020, it looked like a takeover was about to happen at Newcastle United.

PCP Capital Partners agreed a deal with Mike Ashley, backed by the wealth of the Saudi Public Investment Fund.

Big transfer rumours emerged, with high profile players and managers linked with moves to St James’ Park.

ESPN named four managers being considered by the consortium: Rafa Benitez, Massimiliano Allegri, Mauricio Pochettino and Lucien Favre.

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At the time, Allegri and Pochettino were out of work, and the buyers reportedly believed they would be able to attract a big name.

In the end, the deal didn’t happen that summer.

More than a year later and the deal is set to be completed, but what happened to the new owners’ 2020 managerial targets? Could any of them be targeted again?

Lucien Favre is now the only out of work manager who PCP targeted in 2020

Out of the four managers linked, three of them are in jobs.

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Benitez is back in the Premier League with Everton, while Allegri returned to Juventus this summer.


As for Pochettino, he’s managing Neymar, Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe at PSG.

But Favre is out of work. He did nearly move to the Premier League this summer, but a move to Crystal Palace collapsed.

The 63-year-old is known for playing attacking football, which would certainly make him a hit at St James’ Park.

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So could Favre be an option for Newcastle once again now the takeover has been resurrected?

It’s been reported that Steve Bruce will lose his job as manager, which should come as no surprise.

The new owners have a lot of big decisions to make, but one of their most urgent is who calls the shots on the touchline.

Out of the four managers they wanted year, only Favre seems like a viable option right now. Would he fit the bill? Certainly.

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