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Lucien Favre reportedly wanted Newcastle United job in 2015, fans got Steve McClaren instead

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Lucien Favre reportedly wanted Newcastle United job in 2015, fans got Steve McClaren instead

Newcastle United reportedly have Favre on a four-man managerial shortlist.

Borussia Dortmund boss Lucien Favre is reportedly on Newcastle United’s four-man shortlist to eventually replace Steve Bruce as manager. 

The Toon are set for a big-money takeover from a Saudi-backed consortium and the likes of Mauricio Pochettino, Massimiliano Allegri, and Rafa Benitez are all on their target list. 

But Favre is perhaps the least known of the four names but that should not have Newcastle United fans concerned about his potential appointment. 

The Swiss boss has developed a fine reputation with the likes of Zurich, Hertha Berlin, and Borussia Monchengladbach. The 62-year-old took over at Dortmund in 2018. 

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In fact, Favre was once reportedly very interested in taking over at Newcastle United. 

 

In 2015, Newcastle United were under the caretaker stewardship of John Carver following the sacking of Alan Pardew. As reported by The Chronicle, Carver was in the running for the permanent position along with former England boss Steve McClaren. But Favre was also said to be interested in the role and was prepared to leave Gladbach for the Premier League. 

Newcastle eventually opted for McClaren, who lasted until March of the following year with Newcastle eventually relegated despite a fightback under Benitez. 

Favre stepped down at Gladbach after losing the first five games of the 2015-16 season and rebuilt his reputation in France with Nice. 

Now, it seems Favre might be in the running for the Newcastle United job again but is, as he was five years ago, an outsider for the role. Magpies fans will just hope that whoever the club do appoint, he does a better job than McClaren did five years ago. 

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