Newcastle are considering appointing Antero Henrique as the club’s new sporting director. Le 10 Sport has now explained who the former PSG employee would want to bring to St James’ Park as the club’s new manager.
Henrique left PSG in 2019 and has also held a similar position at Porto. Now PIF are considering a swoop to hand him a position at Newcastle.
It is claimed that should Henrique arrive in the North East, he will look to appoint former Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas.
Newcastle still have Steve Bruce in the hot seat. It does seem inevitable that he will depart later this week, however, with the Magpies 19th in the Premier League.
Lots of names have been linked. Frank Lampard and Lucien Favre are perhaps the heaviest linked managers at the moment; with Antonio Conte and Roberto Martinez also in the picture.
Villas-Boas is currently out of work. He left Marseille amid a disagreement with the owner earlier this year.
The former Premier League boss is a vastly experienced manager and does have experience of working in England. He spent nine months at Chelsea, before an 18-month stint at Tottenham.
His time in England wasn’t overly fruitful. He did, however, enjoy a 55% win ratio from his 80 games in the Tottenham dugout.
Villas-Boas also lists Academia, Porto, Zenit and Shanghai SIPG as his former employers.
Underwhelming: Villas-Boas unlikely to excite Newcastle supporters
Given the names that have been linked so far, Villas-Boas is unlikely to get supporters’ juices flowing. His record his relatively modest and his time at Marseille didn’t go swimmingly at all.
Some fans simply want Bruce gone. Despite that, Newcastle have to get their next appointment right. The job is a big one and will require a certain manager to come in.
Villas-Boas has been hit and miss throughout his career and he doesn’t seem like a great fit for Newcastle right now.
With that in mind, Newcastle would be wise to look elsewhere when the quest for a new manager begins.