The pain of losing Rafa Benitez will sting for a long time, but the Magpies need to regroup, recover and get a new man in. That man, though, should absolutely not be the failed Colorado Rapids and ex-Newport County manager Anthony Hudson, here’s why.
For a start, just read the intro that we’ve given the 38-year-old coach. The English manager has had his fair share of jobs despite his young age, but he just isn’t the calibre for Newcastle United, and for obvious reasons, despite the fact that TEAMtalk have run an exclusive linking him with the St James Park job.
The CV that Mike Ashley will be presented with Hudson will be incredibly slim compared to that of Rafa Benitez. One thing that the ex-Colorado Rapids gaffer does have that Rafa never did, though, is a history in international management, albeit with Bahrain and New Zealand.
We’ve seen it before where managers with zero lack of experience in the Premier League have come in and flopped hard. The list is almost endless with the likes of Bob Bradley, Remi Garde, Frank De Boer and even Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in his initial spell with Cardiff City all falling to sorry ends in the top flight.
Hudson will have to prove to be very different if he’s to avoid a similar fate, but the chances are he just doesn’t have it in his locker to do that. He wouldn’t be the first awful Newcastle boss either, with both John Carver and Alan Pardew leading the way as the infamous awful bosses in the Northeast.
We just can’t see why anyone would look to Hudson for a job as big as Newcastle. It can’t just be us at the Transfer Tavern who knew very little about the 38-year-old before these links and after a little bit of digging and discovering his past jobs and 29% win ratio in management, we’re even less convinced by him.
Regardless, this is Mike Ashley’s circus and despite everyone out there telling him he’s doing it wrong, the sportswear tycoon continues to play by his own rules, which is obvious given his treatment of Benitez. When considering that, it would come as little shock to see him appointed, although at any club you’d be wondering what’s going through the head of the man in charge.
Newcastle fans, are you as surprised as us to see Hudson linked? Let us know!
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