While Magpies fans are probably still smarting after Kevin Keegan resigned from the club on Thursday night, he’s not coming back for a third time (!), so it’s time to turn our attention to who might replace him as Newcastle manager. At least the board have over a week before their next match which is at home to Hull City. But who will accept this poisoned chalice?
After all, if Mike Ashley wants a quality manager to come in, are they really likely to be happy at transfer dealings taking place above their head? The BBC report that there are a couple of high-profile candidates on the shortlist, although the combination of Wise and Poyet does not look like a runner.
Legard said: “Sources in the North-East claim Moyes’ name is again in the frame, particularly as his new Everton contract remains unsigned, although I am told that is set to change imminently.
“Whether Moyes would want to work in tandem with Newcastle’s director of football Dennis Wise is another matter.
“And whatever his frustrations with Everton’s transfer budget, he’ll have seen that Newcastle’s recent spending power has been flyweight by comparison.”
Deschamps, who has also coached Monaco and has previously declared his interest in a job in the Premier League, would fit the club’s continental coaching structure.
“Significantly, he’s readily available and keen to work in the Premier League,” Legard added.
It’s clear that Moyes has been getting frustrated at Everton, although it’s hardly as though the spending situation is much different on Tyneside right now, with the club looking to claw back money rather than splash out. Newcastle can’t have it both ways; they either bring in an excellent manager and give him money to spend and a say in which players are bought / sold, or they recruit a puppet to manage the team and leave transfer dealings in the hands of Wise.