Newcastle urged to go for coach Sir Alex Ferguson deemed an 'absolute legend' in 2019
Newcastle United life president Sir John Hall believes Arsene Wenger would be a good shout to become manager at St James’ Park.
The Magpies parted company with Steve Bruce earlier this week, the 60-year-old departing Newcastle by mutual consent.
Bruce was appointed Magpies manager in July 2019 and achieved finishes of 13th and 12th in his two full seasons in charge.
His last game in charge of Newcastle was last Sunday, falling to a 3-2 defeat against Tottenham on Tyneside.
Newcastle are under new ownership, with a Saudi-led consortium taking over the club earlier this month.
Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), which holds an 80 percent stake in the Magpies, reportedly has assets worth $360 billion.
This means Newcastle are effectively the richest club in world football and, as such, have the means to become a successful outfit in years to come.
Numerous high-profile managers have been linked with the Magpies hotseat, but former club owner Hall believes Wenger would be perfect.
Hall: Wenger “the kind of manager we need” at Newcastle
“If I was looking out for a manager, in my day I had the utmost regard for Arsene Wenger,” he told talkSPORT.
“I thought he was an intellectual in the game. The game has changed and you need thinkers for the game.
“I would be looking for someone of the calibre of Arsene Wenger, I travelled on the train with him once when we were playing down in London.
“I had the most interesting conversation with him, he’s just an intellectual and that’s the kind of manager we need – a thinker.
“Someone who knows which way the game is going.”
Wenger is currently serving as FIFA’s Chief of Global Football Development.
He is the longest-serving and most successful manager in the history of Arsenal, and very much revolutionised the English game.
In 2019, Manchester United icon Sir Alex Ferguson – Wenger’s title rival back in the 1990s and 2000s – described him as an “absolute legend”.
Wenger hasn’t been in management since leaving Arsenal in 2018, and it remains to be seen whether Newcastle could tempt him back to the Premier League.
However, stranger things have happened in football.
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