Newcastle United still haven’t named a new manager.
Steve Bruce left his post on October 20, and Graeme Jones has been in charge on an interim basis since.
Jones has taken two matches so far and overseen a draw with Crystal Palace and a defeat to Chelsea.
It is looking likely that he will be taking the game against Brighton this weekend.
It has been claimed that Newcastle could announce Bruce’s successor during the international break.
One man who is in the frame for the job, is Unai Emery.
The links to Emery are interesting.
The Spaniard didn’t have the best of spells at Arsenal, but at Villarreal he has found some success.
Last term he went 18 games unbeaten at one point, and also won the Europa League.
It would be a very interesting appointment. Certainly a risky one.
One player Emery might get the best out of if he did pitch up at St. James’ Park, is Joe Willock.
During his time as Arsenal manager, the only players who scored more goals than Willock (7) were Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (41) and Alexandre Lacazette (23) – two top-class strikers.
Willock is yet to get off the mark this season following his £25 million summer move and that is a bit of a concern.
Willock was by no means a regular under Emery at the Emirates, but the 49-year-old was a fan of the midfielder.
In a game ironically against Newcastle just over two years ago, Emery wildly celebrated a recovery challenge from Willock on Jonjo Shelvey, after he had initially been barged off the ball.
Reacting to Emery’s touchline antics, Willock said: “So much passion.
“It shows how much passion the manager has for small things in the game.”
Willock could improve under Emery
Newcastle fans will have expected a bit more from Willock so far.
His defensive work has been fairly decent, but to have not scored one goal yet is a tad disappointing.
But he has worked under Emery previously and scored goals under him.
Emery will not be most people’s top choice to replace Bruce.
But he is clearly a decent manager given his work at Villarreal and he does have that Premier League experience, and perhaps some unfinished business in England.