TeamTalk have claimed that Newcastle United are tracking former New Zealand manager Anthony Hudson this summer, as they look to bring in a replacement for Rafa Benitez.
Benitez, 59, was confirmed as having left the Premier League side on Monday afternoon, to the utter dismay of fans. Owner Mike Ashley has been heavily criticised for failing to keep the Spanish tactician.
It is believed the duo failed to agree on Ashley’s spending in the transfer window, with Benitez imploring the club to give him more funds to take Newcastle to the next level – something Ashley is seemingly unwilling to do.
Now, the hunt for Benitez’s replacement has begun and plenty of names have been thrown around. But perhaps one of the more surprising ones to arise is 38-year-old Hudson.
Hudson entered management with Newport County as a 30-year-old in 2011, and has since managed Bahrain, New Zealand and then Colorado Rapids in the MLS for the past two years. He left in May.
TBR’s view – too big a step for Hudson?
Yes, Hudson is a very highly-rated manager with plenty of potential. But the Newcastle United job is absolutely enormous, and Ashley needs to appoint a boss that can handle the pressure.
Hudson has managed countries and that does give him some experience of coping with big pressures, but Newcastle’s fans are fiercely expectant.
Despite being described by Harry Redknapp as the “new Mourinho” after joining Newport in 2011, the Newcastle job is perhaps just a couple of years too soon. Indeed, Hudson needs a stepping stone before a job like the Toon.