Newcastle’s four best next manager options as Steve Bruce sack looms after Tottenham loss

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Newcastle boss Steve Bruce’s future remains in serious doubt after the Magpies started their new owners’ tenure with a 3-2 defeat against Tottenham. Bruce’s side are 19th in the Premier League and are yet to win a game, prompting strong reports that the consortium fronted by Amanda Staveley will soon dismiss the manager. 

Staveley’s consortium, which is 80 per cent backed by the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia, completed their staggering £305million takeover of the Tyneside club on October 7.  

It was widely expected that one of their first tasks would be to part ways with Bruce, who for fans has become a symbol of the deeply unpopular Mike Ashley era.  

But Bruce has remained. The 60-year-old hit out at journalists for their reporting on his future last week, having clung on to his job to take charge for their match against Spurs at the weekend.

The defeat has however left Bruce staring down the barrel, with a change in the dugout set to be made in the near future. Several coaches have already been linked with succeeding Bruce.

Express Sport looks at four realistic candidates who could become their next manager.

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Brendan Rodgers 

The Leicester boss would likely be the hardest to prise away from his current job but would perhaps be the best appointment. Rodgers’ reputation has soared since he departed Liverpool six years ago. He enjoyed a trophy-laden spell at Celtic before taking charge at Leicester. 

The Northern Irishman guided the Foxes to their first-ever FA Cup win last term and is regarded as an elite coach who is capable of implementing a long-term project. Rodgers last week told journalists he was committed to Leicester but did not entirely rule out succeeding Bruce.  

He said: “I’m 100 per cent committed. I’ve got a contract until 2025. I absolutely love being here and I’m fortunate. 

“I’ve got a great chief executive who runs the club, a director of football who I’ve got a really close relationship with, and a group of players I really enjoy working with.

“We have an infrastructure that allows us to really compete. As long as they don’t want to move me on, I’m very happy here.” He has also been linked with succeeding Guardiola at Manchester City when the Spaniard leaves at the end of his contract in 18 months’ time.

Steven Gerrard 

England and Liverpool icon Gerrard is another manager who is in work but could be tempted to take over at St. James’ Park. The former midfielder has had success with Rangers and has already been linked with several top jobs. 

Gerrard helped the Glasgow side win their first Scottish Premiership title since 2011 last term. 

That was an impressive achievement for the 41-year-old, who has been in charge since 2018. Like Rodgers, Gerrard has already commented on reports suggesting he could be the next Newcastle boss.  

“I’m in a very big job, a very big role, which I’m very much focused on,” Gerrard said. 

“I don’t react or get involved in any speculation, especially when someone I have the utmost respect for is sitting in that job. Steve is a great character, someone I’ve got a personal relationship with. 

“Sitting in this position, I wouldn’t like people to speculate about my job, so I certainly won’t be getting involved in speculation towards his.” Gerrard, who has been advised to ‘swerve’ the Newcastle job by ex-team-mate Peter Crouch, is also understood to have ambitions of taking over as Liverpool boss in the near future.

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Frank Lampard 

Lampard has been out of work since being dismissed by Chelsea in January. The former Three Lions star had a mixed spell at Stamford Bridge but did well enough to find himself being considered for other big jobs, including Crystal Palace back in the summer.

He had to deal with plenty of issues with the Blues upon his appointment in the summer of 2019. The West Londoners had a transfer ban and had just sold star player Eden Hazard to Real Madrid.  

But Lampard built an exciting team based on the club’s young players. That might make him favourable to Newcastle director Staveley, who has promised that the Magpies’ academy players will be given a chance in the first team.  

Chelsea spent over £200m in Lampard’s second summer but performances and results dipped, which might concern the Newcastle hierarchy if they want to spend eye-watering amounts of money. 

However, Lampard remains a solid candidate who would likely be interested in the prospect of managing the club.

Eddie Howe 

Former Bournemouth boss Howe has been without work since his departure from the Cherries following the 2019-20 campaign.  

It is slightly surprising that the 43-year-old did not appear to be strongly considered when jobs at Tottenham, Everton and Crystal Palace became available in the summer. 

Howe incredibly led Bournemouth from the base of League Two to the Premier League in just seven years – with a brief spell as Burnley head coach sandwiched between.  

Like with Rodgers, that evidence of following a long-term project might make Howe favourable with the Newcastle owners.
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