The whole complexion of the Premier League has changed over the past two weeks, as Newcastle United’s new Saudi owners have come in and promised to bring success to St James’ Park. Fans are already daring to dream regarding the players that could be brought in, with supporters getting carried away thinking that Kylian Mbappe may be plying his trade in the North East next season.
However, before any plans are made about title challenges, the attention must first turn to stay in the Premier League. Steve Bruce is as short as 1/10 to be the next manager to leave his post, as the new owners look for a fresh start with a new face in the dugout.
Bruce’s Days Are Numbered, But Should Fans Be Concerned?
It’s likely that Bruce will at least get the honor of managing 1000 games, as he will join the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger, Sir Bobby Robson, and Graham Taylor to achieve that feat.
The former Premier League-winning captain has never been a popular character throughout his tenure at St James’ Park, with much of that being down to the fact that he previously managed the Toon’s arch-rivals, Sunderland. It also went against Bruce that he was the man to replace the very popular Rafael Benitez.
Despite all the abuse Bruce has been on the wrong end of, it’s hard to dispute claims that he has done a good job with the tools that he has been given. Mike Ashley never invested in the squad, which meant Bruce was forced to play defensive tactics and play to the strengths of Allan Saint-Maximum and Miguel Almiron.
Still, the club stayed in the Premier League despite struggles at points, and 13th and 12th place finish in the previous two seasons should be applauded. The Toon fans should definitely be careful what they wish for, as they could do much worse than Bruce when it comes to a relegation scrap.
Who’s In The Frame To Replace Him?
When we say Newcastle should be careful, we say so after studying the names at the top of the betting for the next permanent manager. The current favorite in the betting is Frank Lampard, who was last seen managing Chelsea. Lampard left the club in ninth following the signings of Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, and Kai Havertz.
He was certainly found out in his second season at the club, as Thomas Tuchel quickly came in and improved the Blues defensively before winning the Champions League. In the current situation that Newcastle finds themselves in, appointing a manager so tactically naïve as Lampard would be a disaster waiting to happen.
Brendan Rodgers and Graham Potter are also front-runners after doing excellent jobs with Leicester and Brighton, respectively. However, both managers have already ruled themselves out of contention.
Antonio Conte is another choice available at 7/1, but the Italian already looks reluctant to take the job with the current players at his disposal. Lucien Favre is another at the top of the betting, as the former Borussia Dortmund coach is currently second-favorite. It goes without saying that appointing Favre, who has no experience in the Premier League, let alone in a relegation scrap in England, is risky to say the very least.
There is certainly an argument that Bruce is the man that is best placed to keep this Toon side in the Premier League this season, and he can walk away with his head held high at the campaign. However, the way that talks are progressing, that looks unlikely to happen, as the new Saudi owners will throw caution to the wind and set off on a different path.