Newcastle’s new owners embarrassingly scrapped all final interviews with other managerial candidates before Unai Emery’s snub.
The Magpies looked set to finally land a replacement in the former Arsenal manager having sacked Steve Bruce following the club’s takeover last month.
However, the Spanish boss then rejected Newcastle’s new Saudi ownership, who have included a controversial termination clause in the terms of any deal should the Premier League club currently second-from-bottom get relegated.
After the embarrassment of Emery’s snub on Wednesday, the club has now endured further humiliation in their shambolic search for a new manager.
With Newcastle’s owners certain they had landed their man in Emery, the club called off all the final interviews they had lined up with other managerial candidates – according to The Mirror.
Having turned away all other hopefuls, the Magpies will now need to grovel in order to resume talks with those remaining on their all-but exhausted list of managerial targets.
After missing out on Emery, former Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has now emerged as the frontrunner for the vacant position.
The termination clause which is subject to relegation means that should the new manager fail to keep Newcastle in the Premier League they wouldn’t get the chance to make amends and bounce straight back – a feat Howe achieved during his Bournemouth days.
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Emery, who guided Villarreal to a Champions League triumph over Young Boys on Tuesday night, was reportedly furious that Newcastle’s approach had been leaked.
The Spanish boss is also believed to have been concerned by the club’s chaotic strategy as he publicly committed his future to Villarreal less than 24 hours after guiding The Yellow Submarine to victory.
“No matter how much noise there was yesterday in another country, within the club there was transparency and loyalty with the Roig family and with my squad, and for me it is the most important thing,” Emery declared as he addressed the Newcastle links while expressing his thanks to Villarreal club president Fernando Roig.
“Villarreal is my home and I am 100% committed.”
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