Report: Champions League winning manager rejects Newcastle job
Newcastle United are continuing to search for a new manager to eventually replace Steve Bruce, but that man won’t be French World Cup winner, Zinedine Zidane, according to reports.
The Mirror reported yesterday that Zidane was one of the names being mentioned for the Newcastle job. The Frenchman has been out of work since leaving Real Madrid again.
And today, RMC Sport have backed up those claims, suggesting Zidane has no interest in becoming the manager of the Tyneside outfit as things stand.
It’s claimed Zidane, who won the Champions League three times while with Madrid, has eyes on being the new France manager. The French legend is looking to replace his former midfield partner, Didier Deschamps, in the role.
At Newcastle, Steve Bruce remains in charge. Indeed, Amanda Staveley confirmed that Bruce will take charge of his 1000th game against Spurs this weekend. However, it is still widely accepted that Bruce will be gone soon.
Zidane, 49, had two spells in charge of Madrid. His record was impressive, averaging over two points a game in each spell.
TBR’s View: Zidane always ambitious for Newcastle owners
You can’t fault the ambition of the Newcastle ownership here. They’ve sounded out some top names, with Zidane certainly one of those.
However, there’s always going to be some managers who are just out of reach and Zidane is certainly one of those for now. His record is brilliant, as is his reputation, so it goes without saying there might be bigger fish for him to fry.
Down the line, Newcastle might well get a Zidane-type manager. But for now, they might need to lower the ambition a bit.