Exclusive – Newcastle United continues their manager search and is once again ready to start talks with Eddie Howe, understand 90min.
Newcastle initially put together a shortlist of three men for their managerial job even before Steve Bruce left – who was sacked a week after the new owners took over.
The list consisted of Howe, former Borussia Dortmund boss Lucien Favre and former Roma coach Paulo Fonseca.
Favre and Fonseca have not withdrawn their interest but they are worried about Newcastle’s complicated search that saw them switch goals this weekend when they learned of Unai Emery’s interest – but both are still open to the idea of taking responsibility.
90min understands that Newcastle were contacted by a “well known” English agent who assured them that a deal for Emery was in place and that it could be done for a set fee.
But while Emery was anxious to hear what could be offered on Tyneside, he never personally discussed a deal or confirmed his demands – something that Newcastle was led to believe was in hand.
When the talks began, Emery met Villarreal and confirmed his desire to stay, which came as a shock to Newcastle’s new board who thought a deal was imminent.
Now the talks are underway again with Howe – who came up with brilliant references from a number of people in the game.
Former Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim – who currently works in Saudi Arabia – was on the list of the Public Investment Fund, Newcastle’s new majority owner, but no initial talks were held last week.
One coach who has apparently thrown his hat in the ring recently is Belgian boss Roberto Martinez, who is very close to current Newcastle interim coach Graeme Jones.
Former Everton coach Martinez is fascinated by the project offered at Tyneside, and his years of leading Belgium show that he is more than capable of managing world-class talent and some at St James’ Park believe he is a viable option.
90min can confirm that a manager that has not even been talked about on Tyneside is Rafa Benitez, despite continued involvement in Newcastle by his adviser Owen Brown – who has helped director Amanda Staveley.
As it stands, Howe is now the clear forerunner taking his first job in management since leaving Bournemouth in 2020.
Sources close to Newcastle have indicated that they are still hoping to have a new manager appointed for the weekend – which at the moment seems ambitious – but they are increasingly keen to get their search to an end as soon as possible.
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