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Newcastle United: Zinedine Zidane was top choice

Newcastle United: Zinedine Zidane was top choice -Newcastle United News

Newcastle United’s top choice before Unai Emery to be their next manager has now been revealed as Zinedine Zidane.

The Lowdown: Curveball

When it looked as if Emery was all set to become the next manager at St. James’ Park, he threw a curveball by releasing a statement saying that he is committed to Villarreal and so would not take the job if it was offered to him by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) consortium.

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That means that the race is now wide open again, with the likes of Roberto Martinez, Eddie Howe and Paulo Fonseca named as potential candidates in recent days.

Nonetheless, it looks as if Graeme Jones will now be taking charge once more at the weekend in the Premier League against Brighton and Hove Albion, unless the new owners can get someone through the door fast.

The Latest: Zidane was top choice

As per El Espanol, Zidane was the new ownership’s top choice before Emery, but the former Real Madrid coach did not fancy managing in the North East.

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He is reportedly waiting to see if the Manchester United or France job becomes vacant, and is the ‘big favourite’ to take over from Didier Deschamps for their national side.

However, if the new ownership on Tyneside can sell their long-term project to him, then he could be persuaded to change his mind.

The Verdict: Move on

With the Magpies currently in a relegation battle at the moment, it just seems too unrealistic that Zidane would join them now.

This is a manager who has won the UEFA Champions League no fewer than three times with Madrid, as well as many other major accolades (Transfermarkt).

Described as ‘phenomenal’ for what he achieved with Los Blancos by pundit Kevin Phillips, the legendary former playmaker is likely to want his next job to be with another big name in world football.

The Toon are simply not there yet compared to the likes of Manchester United, but their time may come with the embarrassment of riches at their disposal, so perhaps this is one to keep an eye on down the line, if the Toon can establish themselves as challengers for European competition.

Nonetheless, one has to admire the ambition of the new owners for making Zidane their top choice.

In other news, find out what live update Keith Downie has dropped on one NUFC manager target here!


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