Newcastle United have been linked with a host of new managers, even tough their long-awaited takeover hasn’t actually been completed yet.
The £300million takeover from the Saudi Arabian sovereign wealth fund, Amanda Staveley and the Reuben brothers has been dragging on a little, but should be done soon.
The rumoured takeover has sparked rumours about potential big additions at St James’ Park. High-profile managers and players have been linked, even with the takeover not yet done.
ESPN recently reported that Newcastle are eyeing Mauricio Pochettino as their new manager, but are also considering Massimiliano Allegri.
Allegri, 52, has been out of management since leaving Juventus at the end of last season. The Italian is likely to return this summer, and Newcastle could be his new home.
A six-time Serie A winner across spells with AC Milan and Juventus, Allegri has enjoyed a strong managerial career so far, and has been a Champions League runner-up twice.
Landing Allegri would show that the new owners really mean business. However, the speculation has been played down by a source close to Allegri.
“There is not even a ‘Newcastle’ right now. Who should be operating? The original owner? The Saudis or the new American? Just rumours,” the unnamed source told The Chronicle.
These are fair points raised. The takeover hasn’t actually been done yet, so any talks would be difficult. Still, Allegri should be a strong candidate when the takeover is completed.