According to the Chronicle, Wayne Rooney is the latest manager to be interested in the Newcastle United job.
It’s a job that is still unavailable, with Steve Bruce remaining as Newcastle boss…for now.
The 60-year-old needs to go. It’s been clear for a long time. While the new owners might want to wait until they have a replacement, they saw first hand on Sunday how poor Bruce’s side is.
There have been plenty of names linked, from the realistic to the outrageous. But Rooney has to be the strangest contender yet.
The Chronicle state that the former England captain would like to help on a short-term basis if Bruce leaves the club.
The 35-year-old is currently the Derby manager, sitting rock bottom of the Championship. The Rams are in administration and have suffered a 12-point deduction. If it wasn’t for that deduction, Rooney’s side would be sitting pretty in mid-table.
This is Rooney’s first venture into management, and it would be a real surprise to see him get the manager job at St James’ Park.
Rooney would reportedly bring Shay Given back to Newcastle
The Chronicle add that if Rooney did get the Newcastle job, he would bring Shay Given with him as a coach.
Given is hugely popular among Toon fans, spending more than a decade at St James’ Park. The former goalkeeper was a fantastic player for the Magpies and would certainly be welcomed back by fans.
But could he actually become a part of building that future? It seems highly unlikely.
While fans may be keen to see Given return as a coach, it’s not as enticing a prospect if it means Rooney is manager. He’s wildly inexperienced and almost took Derby down to League One last season.
Despite Newcastle’s precarious position near the bottom of the table, they must be able to attract a bigger name than Rooney.