Who will be the next Newcastle United manager? That’s the golden question at St James’ Park right now.
While Sunday began with positivity and belief, the full time whistle brought a reminder that a change of ownership won’t change things overnight.
Steve Bruce is still not up to the task. While the media might be going into overdrive once again with their defence of him, the fans know what’s really going on.
He hasn’t been harshly treated. He hasn’t done a good job. He was lucky to get the job in the first place and he’s been even luckier to retain it.
But the end must surely be on the horizon. Plenty of names have been linked with replacing Bruce, with the Times claiming that Roberto Martinez, Steven Gerrard and Unai Emery are the leading contenders.
One of the issues Newcastle have got are the differing opinions. There are plenty of new voices at St James’ Park, with each one possibly vouching for a different candidate.
But what kind of manager does Mehrdad Ghodoussi want?
Mehrdad Ghodoussi reportedly wants a big time manager at Newcastle
According to the Independent, Amanda Staveley’s husband would prefer a big name manager to come in and replace Bruce.
Of course, that might be difficult considering we’re 19th in the Premier League and fighting for survival.
The Independent add that Ghodoussi has already attempted to contact a high profile boss. However, the manager in question wasn’t interested and was ‘puzzled by the nature of the approach’.
There have been multiple huge names linked with moves to St James’ Park, such as Antonio Conte and Zinedine Zidane.
While supporters would obviously love someone like that, most will know that it just isn’t realistic.
Big names aren’t going to come until the club is in a prominent position to achieve success. Right now they’re nowhere near that stage.
This is a project. It’s a process. The club need a manager who can build something and take Newcastle forwards.
While a big-time appointment would catch the headlines, it isn’t realistic, nor is it right route to go down at the moment.