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Six trophies in two years: Journalist links Newcastle with 'perfectly qualified' Spanish boss

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Newcastle United have been linked with a whole host of top managers since the takeover was confirmed, and Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez is the latest name mentioned to be in the race for the St James’ Park hot seat.

Steve Bruce, unsurprisingly, was shown the door on Wednesday. The Englishman did what he was brought in to do – keep Newcastle in the Premier League – but the new owners were always going to look for someone better.

The likes of Antonio Conte, Paulo Fonseca, Eddie Howe, Unai Emery and Steven Gerrard have all been linked with the Magpies job. Xavi is the latest name to come out of the rumour mill, and he would be a very interesting option.

Ian McGarry and Duncan Castles discussed Newcastle potentially considering Xavi, who is currently at the helm at Al Sadd in Qatar.

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Xavi could be an option for Newcastle United

Ian McGarry said on the Transfer Window Podcast: “One name which I find very interesting that has been mentioned to me, not that there has been an approach made as far as I’m aware of, but certainly an interest from one of the parties is Xavi Hernandez, the former Barcelona captain.

“However, it has been relayed to me from someone very close to Xavi that he’s not keen to follow Koeman directly into the job at Camp Nou. He sees the problems – both financially and with regards to the playing squad – certainly not as insurmountable, but as certainly problematic.

“As very much a club legend and Barcelona through and through, he doesn’t want to put himself in the position of taking that job under the circumstances in which the club now find themselves.

“Newcastle United could well be a good staging post for him with regards to increasing his experience in a much superior league and also being a challenge with regards to taking a very big club on, which is not as big as Barcelona, but certainly one of the larger ones in English football.”

Castles added: “It’s a very high-risk option. It doesn’t surprise me that a proposal has been made to Xavi.”

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Xavi is a very interesting option for the Magpies. The legendary Spaniard is one of the greatest midfielders to ever grace the game. He won everything for club and country as a player, and his record as a manager is pretty impressive as well.

The 41-year-old is a two-time Qatari league cup winner and has won the league title, Qatari Stars Cup, the Emir of Qatar Cup and the Sheikh Jassim Cup since he was appointed as the manager.

That’s six trophies in two years of management, which is an excellent record. His style of football is really good as well, and his players only have nice things to say about him as a boss.

Santi Cazorla, who plays for Xavi in Qatar, told Diario AS: “He’s perfectly qualified to be a coach. You could say he could coach Barcelona tomorrow. I think he’s prepared. Xavi knows the players well and he knows how to treat them.

“He prefers to take risks, come out from behind with the ball and he instils that way of seeing football in us. He was a leader as a player as well as a coach, and he gets his message across, which is the most difficult thing.”

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