Next Newcastle manager: "Positive appointment" on the cards at St James' Park

Amanda Staveley in the crowd at St James' Park

Newcastle World journalist Liam Kennedy expects the club's next manager to be appointed on a mid-term basis rather than being a long-term appointment.

The club's new owners, led by Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund (PIF) opted to sack Steve Bruce two weeks ago, but they are yet to settle on his replacement.

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In recent weeks, the Magpies have been linked with a host of names, including Lucien Favre and Paulo Fonseca.

A new name was added to the mix at the start of the week, though, when it emerged that Newcastle were in talks with former Arsenal boss Unai Emery. However, it has since been reported that the Spaniard is not convinced by Newcastle's project, and he has now announced that he will be remaining at his current club, Villarreal.

Newcastle appear to have moved on from this blow quickly, and have turned their attention to Eddie Howe. 

Club director Amanda Staveley is believed to be confident that a deal can be agreed with the ex-Bournemouth manager this week.

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What has Kennedy said about what PIF might be looking for?

Some Newcastle fans may have been hoping for a bigger name than Howe, but Kennedy thinks PIF might just be looking for a mid-term solution, and they will then bring in a more high-profile figure further down the line.

Speaking about how he expects PIF to go about things, he told GIVEMESPORT: “They’re going to have to take some of the baby steps first. And I think the next managerial appointment probably won’t be a long-term appointment, it’ll probably be a more solid, medium-term appointment. And I think that’s probably the best way to go.

“I don’t think it’ll be as underwhelming as some people think it might be. I think it’ll be a positive appointment. And I think it’ll be someone who can really make a difference and build something over the next few years.”

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Would Howe be a good mid-term appointment?

Howe spent a decade at Bournemouth across two spells, so he may prefer the idea of a longer project.

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However, bringing in him could actually suit Newcastle's needs. Howe showed during his time on the South Coast that he was capable of keeping a side in the Premier League for a number of years, and that is all the Toon Army are looking for after a dismal start to the season.

If he can stave off the threat of relegation and then steady the ship for the next 2-3 years, that would be a case of job done, and then Newcastle may look to replace him with someone who can take them to the next level.

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