EXCLUSIVE: Newcastle’s manager Steve Bruce as well as the club’s board are all under fire following the 3-2 home defeat to Tottenham on Sunday
Eddie Howe has emerged as a shock name in discussions for the Newcastle job.
The former Bournemouth boss, 43, is among several out of work that are being considered by the Magpies new owners to replace Steve Bruce.
The others include the bookies’ favourite Paolo Fonseca, Frank Lampard and former Dortmund boss Lucian Favre. Steven Gerrard is highly rated by the Newcastle hierarchy but they are keen not to make enemies by poaching managers in work from rival clubs.
Newcastle are set to decide on Bruce’s future along with the club’s board following the club’s 3-2 home defeat to Spurs on Sunday. There are differing opinions, however, on just who the new man should be.
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Either way, the Magpies are expected to finally wield the axe to give the new man the chance to prepare properly for Saturday’s trip to Crystal Palace.
The club are winless, 19th in the table and have conceded 19 goals – more than any other club in the Premier League – after eight games.
Howe has not worked since leaving Bournemouth by mutual consent in August last year, following their relegation from the Premier League.
Lampard led Chelsea back into the Champions League and laid the foundations for Thomas Tuchel’s success in the competition last season before being sacked in January.
Dortmund sacked Favre after they were smashed 5-1 by Stuttgart last December.
Fonseca agreed a two-year deal with Spurs to take over from Jose Mourinho during the summer with the north Londoners excited by his attacking style of play.
As Shakhtar boss he lifted three league and cup Ukrainian doubles and led his side to a shock win over Manchester City during the 2017/18 Champions League season.
As Roma boss he led the side to fifth in the table and the last four of the Europa League.
Spurs Technical Director Fabio Paratici, however, blocked Fonseca’s move to north London, insisting he wanted a more conservative coach and persuading chairman Daniel Levy to hire Nuno Espirito Santo.