Newcastle United have reportedly rejected the chance to appoint Giovanni van Bronckhorst as their new manager. According to The Chronicle, van Bronckhorst is not on Newcastle’s radar to replace Rafa Benitez.
Instead, Newcastle will look at a manager with more experience. Newcastle’s ideal candidate has previously enjoyed success in the Premier League – van Bronckhorst does not fit this profile.
The Dutchman’s only managerial job has been with Feyenoord in the Eredivisie. He guided them to the Dutch title in 2017 – Feyenoord’s first in 18 years – but left at the end of the 2018/19 season.
As he looked for his next managerial role, van Bronckhorst was reportedly keen on taking the Newcastle job. The Magpies have been searching for a new manager after Benitez departed to join Chinese Super League club Dalian Yifang.
But van Bronckhorst is not on their list of potential replacements for Benitez. Despite the 44-year-old’s impressive record in Holland, Newcastle will look at other candidates instead.
Newcastle face a major decision this summer. Fans are already discontent with Benitez’s departure so their next managerial appointment need to be spot on.
In one respect, Newcastle are wise to avoid van Bronckhorst as he has limited managerial experience. They will not be offering the former Arsenal man a path back to English football.
But alternative options are rapidly disappearing. With murmurs of Steve Bruce spreading around Twitter, perhaps van Bronckhorst is not such a bad shout.