After all, the 38-year-old had left Colorado Rapids just one month earlier after winning eight of his 46 games in charge of the MLS outfit. Hudson has also coached Newport County and Bahrain while taking New Zealand to the Confederations Cup and few thought that he was ready for a big job in the English top-flight.
But, according to the man himself, there was indeed interest from St James’ Park.
“I didn’t speak to the club, (but) I had someone reach out to me,” Hudson said on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast (3 September, 9.30am), hinting that he’d have taken the role if he’d been offered it.
“They wanted a young coach, they didn’t want a ‘manager’ and they thought I’d be the right fit. I don’t think you can turn that down (the Newcastle job).”
Hudson is a self-confessed disciple of Leeds coach Marcelo Bielsa after watching his Athletic Bilbao team tear Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United apart in the 2012 Europa League.
A promising young coach who Harry Redknapp once compared to Jose Mourinho during his time in charge of Tottenham’s reserves (BBC), Hudson would have been a risky appointment but a potentially inspired one.
Instead, the Magpies went down the so-called ‘safe’ route of handing the experienced Steve Bruce yet another chance in the top flight. With four points from four games, it remains to be seen whether that was the right decision.
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