Newcastle United’s new owners will reportedly target someone who is currently out of work to replace Steve Bruce.
According to the Daily Record, the Saudi-led consortium will focus their efforts and landing someone who isn’t tied to a club just at the moment.
Despite having obscene wealth, they apparently would prefer to avoid paying compensation for a new manager.
That would seemingly suggest the likes of Steven Gerrard won’t be in the frame for the job.
The Rangers boss, 41, has been mentioned as a potential candidate to replace Bruce.
The Liverpool legend oversaw a title win and unbeaten Premiership campaign last season.
It seems the consortium are taking their time to ensure the best possible appointment for the club.
Some expected Bruce to be gone by now, but he will take charge of the team today for his 1000th game as a manager.
It is thought the new owners are also considering who they want to bring in as a sporting director.
A difficult task
The new owners are facing a difficult task.
The takeover is an exciting thing and Newcastle will obviously now be a huge attraction.
But it might be tricky to find the right person.
It makes sense that they are prioritising people who are currently not in a job already.
Such individuals are much more likely to want to come in and be the first individual to lead the revolution.
Certainly at this stage of the season, it is more sensible to hire someone out of work on a short-term basis.
The goal should be to make it through the season unscathed, before a summer of wholesale changes.