There are a lot of names being mentioned as Newcastle try to replace Rafa Benitez…
THE SUN: Local journalist David Coverdale claims that Newcastle ‘were yesterday drawing up a shortlist to replace Benitez, with Manchester City No2 Mikel Arteta under consideration’. They say that ‘Charnley has so far made no approaches but SunSport understands Arteta is one name in the frame’. Also mentioned is Burnley boss Sean Dyche, though they claim he will be ‘expensive to prise away from Turf Moor’.
Elsewhere, the agent of ex-Feyenoord boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst has declared his interest in the job, while old quotes from Jose Mourinho have been used to suggest that he would never take the Newcastle job, even though he was not talking about the Newcastle job.
DAILY MIRROR: That c*** Simon Bird writes that ‘Newcastle are confident they will have no problem luring a top manager to St James’ Park’. He claims that Laurent Blanc and Claudio Ranieri have declared their interest along with Van Bronckhorst. The names of Arteta and Dyche are also mentioned by Bird.
DAILY STAR: ‘Newcastle have been inundated with enquiries from managers both at home and abroad,’ is the line being fed to Ian Murtagh by the club. Apparently there is ‘no obvious frontrunner’, but the story mentions four names: Blanc, Ranieri, Van Bronckhorst and David Moyes, who is ‘another out of work manager, keen to return to frontline management’.
DAILY MAIL: Their north-east man Craig Hope leads on interest in Arteta and Dyche. The former would ‘fit the bill should Newcastle opt for a head coach as opposed to manager, as was Benitez’s title’.
DAILY TELEGRAPH: ‘Both Jose Mourinho and Arsène Wenger distanced themselves from an interest in the vacancy,’ according to Luke Edwards, who writes that Steve Bruce is ‘seen as a safe pair of hands by those close to owner Mike Ashley’. The idea that they want a ‘younger, more dynamic coach’ means that ‘Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is someone who could well come under consideration’.
NEWCASTLE EVENING CHRONICLE: The local newspaper claim ‘a shortlist is still being compiled and is only likely to be completed in the next few days by managing director Lee Charnley’. They say that ‘representatives of Laurent Blanc, Gennaro Gattuso, David Moyes, Patrick Vieira, Claudio Ranieri and Giovanni van Bronckhorst are among those to have already recommended their clients’. They say the ‘the spurious claims that Avram Grant, Anthony Hudson and Garry Monk are in the running have been dismissed by club sources’.