Doncaster links prove Anthony Hudson was never an option for Newcastle

Newcastle fans celebrate the third goal during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Chelsea at St. James Park on May 13, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Former New Zealand and MLS coach Anthony Hudson has been tipped to replace Rafael Benitez at Premier League giants Newcastle United.

New Zealand's coach Anthony Hudson walks from the field at half-time during the World Cup football qualifying match between New Zealand and Peru at Westpac Stadium in Wellington on...

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.

Particularly with the Yorkshire Post claiming that Hudson has now held talks about the managerial role at League One Doncaster Rovers instead.

New Zealand's national soccer team coach Anthony Hudson, speaks during a press conference in Lima on November 14, 2017 on the eve of the 2018 World Cup qualifying play-off second leg match...

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.

A general view of St James' Park during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur at St James' Park on May 15, 2016 in Newcastle, England.

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