The new hierarchy in place at Newcastle United apparently have little desire to appoint former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane as the club’s new manager.
According to The Mirror, Zidane isn’t currently among the main contenders to replace Steve Bruce, despite being linked since last week’s takeover.
Bruce will leave Newcastle this week. The manager will be the first casualty of the new regime, with the Magpies yet to win during 2021/22.
The 60-year-old is a boyhood Newcastle fan but things just haven’t worked out. Now, the hierarchy will draw up a list of potential managers to replace the experienced boss.
Zidane isn’t likely to be considered though. Despite his efforts with Real Madrid, the Newcastle chiefs are thought to be eyeing other candidates for the job.
The first game of the new era will be against Tottenham next weekend. Graeme Jones is likely to be in the dugout to oversee that game, with Bruce sent on his way.
The next managerial appointment looks a massive one. Newcastle’s riches will provide a certain attraction, although right now the club is ultimately in a relegation battle.
Zidane had two different spells at Real Madrid. He had a 70% win ratio during his first tenure and a 60% success rate the second time.
He also won two league titles, two Spanish Cups and the Champions League three times during his time in charge of Los Blancos.
Zidane is classy but Newcastle isn’t the right fit for him
Managing Real Madrid and managing Newcastle isn’t quite the same thing. At Madrid, he had the likes of Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcelo doing bits. A move to St James’ Park would see him take over a squad that includes Karl Darlow, Jamal Lewis and Jonjo Shelvey.
It’s going to take a certain sort of manager to get the current crop playing and Zidane’s appointment would be too much of a risk.
It also seems likely that Zidane may struggle with the intensity having never been embroiled in a battle at the wrong end of the table previously.
Right now, Newcastle need someone to fight a fire and then be encompassed in a project that can lead the club into easier times.