Under fire Newcastle Manager Steve McClaren is said to be safe in his role, but for how long? The Magpies have only won one game so far this season, and are finding it impossible to get themselves out of the bottom three. Chairman Mike Ashley has said that he wants to create some stability at United which is why McClaren’s job is not on the line, however if their form does not improve he may be left with no choice but to look elsewhere. The following are 4 managers that I feel would be more than capable to manage Newcastle in what could be the not too distant future.
Stuart Pearce is currently without a club to manage since being sacked from Nottingham Forest in February, following a run of defeats. He could be a potential manager for the Magpies though as his past credentials are admirable, especially when manager of the England Under 21 team where he was there from 2007 until 2013 and led them to do well in various competitions. When he was a player himself, he spent a couple of years at Newcastle, making 37 appearances for them. Since becoming a manager he has returned to two of the former clubs he played for (Manchester City and Nottingham Forest) so a potential move back to Newcastle could be something he would consider.
Currently manager at Stoke City, Mark Hughes is another highly experienced Manager that Mike Ashley and the Newcastle board would be bound to show an interest in. However, he is currently quite successful in his role at Stoke so may not be interested in a move away, but he would definitely be one to not rule out.
At Hull City since 2012, Bruce is often rumoured to be joining clubs without managers and I’m sure if McClaren was to lose his job then he would be linked to them. As a lifelong Newcastle supporter himself, he is bound to relish the opportunity to rejoin the Premier League with a club he loves. He is another manager in my list to have extensive managerial and playing experience, and his knowledge of the Premier League and English football as a whole would be imperative at the Toon. His love of the club would mean he would be even more passionate about leading them to a win, which can only result in having a more positive impact on the players, and with morale so low currently, a boost is surely what is needed.
Moyes has been manager at Spanish side Real Sociedad since last November on an 18-month deal. As this is yet to be renewed, it is possible that if the position at Newcastle came up within the next 6 months it may tempt him to a move back to England and the Premier League. Even though his last stint in English football when he managed Manchester United after Alex Ferguson retired was not the dream move it was meant to be, his experience at Everton previous to this was excellent, and his 11 years there proves he is happy to stay with the same club for a long time which is the kind of stability needed at Newcastle.It does look like Steve McClaren will be given longer to work with the team and try to find a way to end the terrible form they have shown so far. The Newcastle supporters and players have had to endure many changes in the way the club is managed over the last several years, so it is vital that a manager is given a chance to turn things around, and McClaren hasn’t been there long enough yet to do this. It does however remain to be seen how long it is before the Newcastle board are frustrated with McClaren, and may be left with no choice but to look for a suitable replacement.