For the first time since a short lived spell at Newport County eight years ago, Anthony Hudson appears to be on his way back to British football.
The Seattle-born 38-year-old is currently without a club after a poor spell at MLS outfit Colorado Rapids came to an end in May. And eyebrows were raised all over Tyneside when TEAMtalk claimed in May that Hudson was a surprise candidate to replace Rafa Benitez at none other than Premier League giants Newcastle United.
Now this would be a left-field appointment to end all others. It was also more than likely a little wide of the mark.
While Benitez arrived at St James’ Park as a two-time La Liga winner and one-time Champion of Europe, lifting trophies at Valencia, Liverpool and Chelsea, Hudson has spent much of the last decade in charge of Bahrain and the New Zealand at international level.
But it always seemed distinctly unlikely that the former Tottenham reserve coach, who was once compared to Jose Mourinho by Harry Redknapp in North London (BBC), will be taking charge of a Premier League team for the first time.
With all due respect, Newcastle competing with Doncaster for a coach who was fired from the MLS two months ago wouldn’t exactly scream of ambition. And it isn't going to happen either.
Fortunately, recent reports suggest that The Magpies are aiming a far higher in reality. Roberto Martinez, a manager with plenty of Premier League appearance and a World Cup semi-final to his name for Belgium, has emerged as a priority target, according to the Northern Echo.
While Martinez isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, he’s a far more fitting appointment for a club with Newcastle’s size and stature. Hudson might have been in consideration once upon a time - but you can guarantee that he'd have been well down the list.
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