French newspaper L’Equipe – as per GFFN – have claimed that Andre Villas-Boas has rejected an approach from Newcastle United to replace Steve Bruce, despite the Portuguese manager’s future in enormous doubt.
Villas-Boas, 42, is just one of a number of managers that have been linked with Newcastle in recent weeks. Mauricio Pochettino, Max Allegri and plenty of others have been suggested as managerial targets for the potential new owners.
A previous report from L’Equipe have claimed that Villas-Boas is ‘likely’ to resign as manager of Marseille this summer after the Ligue 1 club terminated the contract of Andoni Zubizarreta. It is said to have angered the former Chelsea and Tottenham boss.
However, the latest report claims that Newcastle have seen an offer for Villas-Boas rejected, with the ex-Zenit and Shanghai Shenhua boss even stating of late that he would never return to the Premier League – as the style does not suit him.
TBR’s view – Villas-Boas would have been a top appointment
Somewhat mediocre spells at Tottenham and Chelsea, Villas-Boas is right in some regards in stating that the English style of play does not suit him. Impressing at Porto, Zenit and in China, Villas-Boas is enjoying some excellent form in France.
He has delivered Marseille into the Champions League with a second-placed finish, which before the campaign would have seen unbelievable. The Newcastle project would have given Villas-Boas the freedom to shine, and his rejection is a blow.