In June, Newcastle United had the world at its feet.
According to the Mirror, prospective owners the Bin Zayed Group had two major managerial targets: Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger. They didn’t want Rafa Benitez, instead looking for an even bigger name.
Fives months on and Benitez is in China and Mourinho is a pundit for Sky Sports, showing people he actually does still know things about football.
As for Wenger, well he’s finally got himself a job since leaving Arsenal. The Frenchman has been appointed as FIFA’s new Chief of Global Football Development. Apparently that means he’s in charge of overseeing the growth and development of football in both the men’s and women’s game.
Talk of Wenger coming to Newcastle was ridiculous, even more so than Mourinho. At least the Special One had Newcastle connections due to his relationship with Sir Bobby Robson.
Whereas Wenger was just a big name who was available. He’d spent more than 20 years at Arsenal, of course his next move wasn’t going to be to St James’ Park.
Instead, Newcastle are still owned by Mike Ashley, whose major managerial target was super Steve Bruce.
If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is, which pretty much sums up the entire BZG affair. If you don’t laugh you’ll cry…