Former Premier League boss Eddie Howe has been discussed by members of the Newcastle United board regarding the manager’s role but a move for Ralf Rangnick is understood to be a non-starter, as reported by The Athletic.
Money helps, of course, but even unlimited funds are no substitute for joined-up decision making and long-term planning.
Just look at Hertha Berlin.
Two years after being catapulted into the limelight by the biggest investment deal in German football history, big-spending Hertha are hovering above the relegation zone. Their 6-0 thrashing at the hands of RB Leipzig was as pathetic and spineless a performance you could fear to see from such an expensively assembled squad.
Those Saudi billions, then, are no guarantee of success.
Newcastle need a manager, director of football and an influx of players. Spending money is one thing, spending it wisely is another.
Howe in the frame to replace Steve Bruce at Newcastle United
Nouveau-riche Newcastle have been linked with every coach and his dog in the past five days but, while Eddie Howe was seen as one of England’s brightest coaching talents not so long ago, a disappointing end to his Bournemouth reign has scrubbed the sheen off a gleaming reputation.
According to The Athletic, 43-year-old Howe has been discussed by the Newcastle board, his penchant for youth development likely to appeal to a club that will initially prioritise exciting, up-and-coming talent.
The report adds, however, that Howe is unlikely to be one of the front runners for Bruce’s job.
It’s understood Rangnick, the so-called godfather of gegen press and one of the most respected footballing minds of his generation, is a non-starter too.
There is, the Athletic claims, “no chance” of luring the 63-year-old from his role as head of sports and development at Spartak Moscow.
Former PSG and Porto chief Antero Henrique has also been linked with the director of football role at St James’ Park, with speculation suggesting he may be reunited with Andre Villas-Boas in the north east.