An update has emerged on out-of-work manager Lucien Favre, regarding Newcastle’s interest in his services.
According to Daily Mail journalist Craig Hope, the ex-Borussia Dortmund manager is in the frame to replace Steve Bruce at Newcastle.
Hope has claimed that Bruce is set to be sacked by the new owners, PIF, and Favre is one name on a long list of potential successors to the ex-Aston Villa and Sunderland coach.
This key update from Hope will surely leave Newcastle fans feeling delighted as, on paper, it would be a shrewd appointment by the new owners. The 63-year-old has an impressive C.V with a history of achieving success and could be perfect for what the Magpies need at this moment in time.
To paraphrase a famous saying, Premier League super teams are not built in a day. It will take time for PIF to invest in the squad and get Newcastle to a point, if they ever do, where they can be competing at the highest level domestically and in Europe.
This is why Favre could be the ideal candidate for Newcastle as he has a history of performing well without having a mega-squad at his disposal straight away.
Interestingly, he signed current Magpies dynamo Allan Saint-Maximin for Nice in 2017, with the winger producing five goals and nine assists under Favre’s management. This means that he could get the best out of the French winger at St. James’ Park, having worked with him previously.
Favre also showed that he can do well with top players, such as Jadon Sancho, Marco Reus and Erling Haaland at his disposal. In two full seasons at Borussia Dortmund, he led the German giants to second place behind Bayern Munich, averaging over two points per game in both years. This means that he has the experience and quality as a coach to work with teams in the top-ten bracket, whilst also being able to perform well at a title challenger like Dortmund.
Therefore, he could be the perfect man to handle Newcastle’s potential transition from a team battling against relegation to one competing for titles. This is why the fans should be delighted that PIF are looking at him to replace Bruce in the coming weeks.