According to a tweet by Daily Telegraph journalist Luke Edwards, Newcastle United contacted current Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta before appointing Steve Bruce to the helm at St. James’ Park.
Arteta, who recently took the post at Arsenal following Unai Emery’s sacking in late November 2019, was apparently contacted by Newcastle before Bruce’s appointment in the summer. The Spaniard was under the tutelage of Pep Guardiola from 2016 to 2019, assisting in his role as City won seven trophies over three seasons – with the Magpies apparently attracted to the idea of appointing Arteta following his successful City learning curve.
However, even though Bruce was ‘second choice‘, Newcastle opted to appoint him – with Arteta since going on to manage Arsenal. The two teams met last Sunday as the former Everton midfielder guided his new team to a 4-0 romp at the expense of Bruce’s Newcastle – perhaps leaving supporters with the notion of ‘what might have been’ had the Magpies pursued Arteta further.
Since the former Sunderland boss took charge, Newcastle have managed to stay in amongst mid-table – currently lying in 13th – with some impressive results against the likes of Man United, Man City and Tottenham this season. However, some supporters have also lamented Bruce’s style of play this season, with Newcastle often sitting back and launching counter-attacks in a compact formation.
Whether or not these same tactics would’ve been employed under Arteta is up for debate, but some critics and fans alike will be wondering whether the Toon Army would have adopted a more Tika-Taka approach under a boss with his future ahead of him, rather than one to have previously managed in the Championship for the last few years after falling out of the Premier League.
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