With Newcastle United on the verge of a takeover, the Magpies have been linked with several high-profile players and coaches amid the prospect of St James’ Park having a huge budget going forward.
PCP Capital Partners, headed by Amanda Staveley, have brokered the £300million deal, which is being backed by the Saudi Arabian royal family’s Public Investment Fund, and the prospective new owners are expected to have major ambitions upon arriving on Tyneside.
ESPN previously reported that Mauricio Pochettino, Massimiliano Allegri, Rafael Benitez and Lucien Favre were in the frame to replace Steve Bruce in the Newcastle dugout, and esteemed journalist Guillem Balague believes that RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann could also be in the running for the role.
“The plan has been, until the big appearance of Newcastle, to stay put and wait for an opportunity to arise,” Balague said on his YouTube channel. “I know, and we all know, that Pochettino has become the number one target for Newcastle – we all know that.
“What I know for sure is that Pochettino, Rafa Benitez and Allegri are the three names on the table for Newcastle. They want to convince one of them or Nagelsmann. Of course, ambitious as they are, they want one of those four… Nagelsmann I think is very happy in Germany.”
After so many years of mediocrity and underachievement at Newcastle, things have got very exciting on Tyneside, with a potentially lucrative takeover on the cards, so it’s little surprise that links with high-profile coaches are emerging left, right and centre.
Nagelsmann is a coach of the highest calibre, having excelled at Hoffenheim and now doing just as well at RB Leipzig – and at just 32 years of age, he still has his whole career ahead of him.