4 candidates still in frame for Newcastle job after Emery snub and Howe interest

Newcastle came up short in their pursuit of Unai Emery after pinpointing the Villarreal boss as their top managerial target – but there are still four other contenders in the frame to replace Steve Bruce.

Emery dealt the Magpies a major setback when he pledged his immediate future to Villarreal on Wednesday, releasing a statement to confirm he will not be leaving for St James' Park.

Toon chiefs therefore need to turn their attention elsewhere if they want to appoint Bruce's successor sooner rather than later.

So who could take the reins now? Daily Star Sport has taken a look at the four frontrunners to become Newcastle manager now that Emery is out of the picture.

Eddie Howe

Reports suggest the former Bournemouth manager is the leading contender to replace Bruce at St James' Park, although The Sun claim Newcastle officials have slight reservations due to his final season with the Cherries.

After guiding them from League One to the Premier League and spending five years in the top flight, Howe, 43, suffered relegation with Bournemouth in the 2019/20 campaign and subsequently left by mutual consent.

The Toon hierarchy are therefore sceptical about appointing him, but his significant Premier League experience could land him the job.

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  • Unai Emery confirms he has rejected Newcastle job and will not leave Villarreal

Paulo Fonseca

Before Emery emerged as their preferred target, Fonseca was very much in the running to take over at Newcastle after reportedly holding talks with the club.

According to Sky Sports, the former Roma manager would be keen to reignite discussions with Magpies chiefs should they be interested in doing so.

Fonseca, who is also being linked with Aston Villa, turned down a move to Tottenham over the summer out of fear he would be prevented from installing an attacking style of play.

Lucien Favre

Another contender to join Newcastle is Favre, 63, who has been out of work since being sacked by Borussia Dortmund in December of last year.

German publication Bild reports that the Swiss coach is admired by Newcastle's new Saudi owners and opened discussions with them over the vacant post last month.

While he may not have Premier League experience, Favre has spent 28 years as a manager and guided Dortmund to the German Super Cup before his departure.

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Roberto Martinez

Despite holding discussions with several other targets, the Northern Echo claim Newcastle co-owner Amanda Staveley wants to open talks with the Belgium manager over potentially replacing Bruce.

And Martinez, best known in England for his time in charge of Wigan and Everton, is said to be interested in leaving his current job for the financial allure of St James' Park.

Having enjoyed close to a decade in English football, and inspiring Wigan's shock FA Cup triumph in 2013, he would certainly tick plenty of boxes for the Magpies.

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