Newcastle in talks with Unai Emery

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Newcastle United are close to appointing a new coach, and talks have taken place with former Arsenal manager Unai Emery, 90min can confirm.

The Magpies officially fired Steve Bruce on October 20, but the club’s new owners have been judging chief candidates ever since taking over from Mike Ashley.

Assistant manager Graeme Jones – who will remain at the club when the new manager comes in – has been temporarily in charge since Bruce left, but Newcastle are now ready to make their choice for a permanent manager with the club second from the bottom of the Premier League. , still without profit.

Newcastle held formal interviews with Eddie Howe, Lucien Favre and Paulo Fonseca in recent weeks and were so impressed with the trio that further talks were held with all parties.

But others have confronted Newcastle’s owners, and talks have also taken place with Erik ten Hag, Roberto Martinez and Leonardo Jardim – either directly or through third – party intermediaries.

Unai Emery is the latest name to appear on the club’s radar, and 90min can confirm that talks have taken place about his successor Bruce – even thought the Spaniard remained shy at his press conference ahead of Villarreal’s Champions League match with Young Boys about the prospect of taking away in the northeast.

“I know nothing about Newcastle”, Emery replied when asked about the possibility of returning to the Premier League.

90min understands that Newcastle’s staff expect their new boss to be in place sooner rather than later, and at least until the next international break – which begins after this weekend’s clash with Brighton & Hove Albion.

Sources have confirmed that Newcastle have been reluctant to start their player search for the January window, but even that process has now started.

Recruitment manager Steve Nickson is actively calling players that a new manager would like, and it is believed that he is working on set goals – which indicates that the club may have already identified who they want to join.

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