Bleacher Report journalist Dean Jones has said he’s heard that former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is set to be “sounded out” over the Newcastle job.
This comes after it was confirmed by Newcastle that Rafa Benitez would be leaving when his contract expires on June 30.
Jones added that 38-year-old Anthony Hudson was also a name being considered. Hudson, the former New Zealand manager, is currently out of work after being sacked by MLS side Colorado Rapids in May.
Jones made the claims on his personal Twitter page on Monday.
What next for Newcastle? I'm hearing Arsene Wenger will be sounded out over a role. Also told Anthony Hudson in the mix for head coach job
— Dean Jones (@DeanJonesBR) June 24, 2019
Wenger might get “sounded out” but we can’t imagine that he would be interested in the job. At Arsenal, Wenger had a huge amount of power but his final years were marked by fans protesting and the two eventually parted ways in 2018. We can’t see him agreeing to a role at a Premier League club where the previous manager has left because he couldn’t get the control he wanted over transfers. We actually think his appointment would split the fanbase too. As for Hudson, his name will get Newcastle fans Googling – and that’s never a good sign. Hudson has had no experience at the top at all and was sacked from his position at MLS side Colorado Rapids. That means he’s available, which is about the only thing we can see in his favour at the moment. Hudson wouldn’t go down well with the Newcastle fans, although Ashley has proved that’s never his first consideration. Plenty of other names will be linked with the Newcastle job in the coming days and we can’t see either of these coming to anything.