Mark Warburton could be the perfect man to rejuvenate Newcastle.
It has been a remarkable season for the small club, who only secured promotion to the second tier last term, and Warburton’s work to bring them so close to the top flight should be lauded.
However, that has not stopped the club looking abroad for a new boss, and a report in the Daily Mail has claimed that they will bring in Gianfranco Zola in the summer, to replace Warburton - who has already agreed to leave Griffin Park.
His success in the lower leagues should have a number of clubs scouting around for his services, and although he has never managed in the Premier League, Newcastle should be at the front of that queue.
The 52-year-old plays progressive football that is easy on the eye, and has been guaranteed to bring results. He has a core of technical players who can also be physical when needs be, and his impressive work at Brentford from League One has shown he is capable of building a squad to impress.
Warburton also has a wealth of contacts in the footballing world due to his work in the NextGen competition, and it is the reason he has the likes of Jon Toral and Alex Pritchard on loan from Arsenal and Spurs respectively this season.
For too long Newcastle have been behind the pack in their transfer business, and Warburton could be the man to revitalise the complete restructuring of the club to increase the efficiency both on and off the field of play.
The only negative to come out of his time with Brentford is that he is not a great defensive coach, and the only reason that the Bees have not already secured a play-off spot is because of a number of cheap goals given away. However, if allied alongside a strong coaching team, there is no doubting his ability to be a success in the Premier League - even if he does not have any top flight experience.
Would Warburton be a good appointment for Newcastle?