Leonardo Jardim emerges as a frontrunner for Newcastle United job amid talk claims

The next Newcastle manager market continues to fluctuate and now there is a new name in the mix, with Leonardo Jardim reported to be in talks with the north-east club.

Former Roma boss Paulo Fonseca has been leading the way at the top of the 'next Newcastle manager' market for some time and everyone thought that was it, done and dusted.

Fonseca reportedly impressed Amanda Staveley in an interview, but then Bild claimed Lucien Favre had jumped to the front of the queue to fill the vacancy.

It saw him installed as joint favourite in a market which has also seen the odds of Steven Gerrard, Zinedine Zidane, Eddie Howe and Chris Wilder rise and fall on the whispers of a man who knows a man whose second cousin is Staveley's yoga instructor.

Now former Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim, currently managing Al Hilal in Saudi Arabia, is reported to be a serious candidate to replace Steve Bruce.

It is taking time, but with money in the bank, Newcastle are an attractive proposition despite their precarious league position. Planet Sport takes a look at the leading contenders to take over and there are some big names in there.

Lucien Favre

Lucien Favre, 12 December 2020

Joint favourite, Favre has been out of work for almost a year after being sacked by Borussia Dortmund last December.

The Swiss manager endured a poor start to his third season at the club, with a 5-1 defeat to then newly-promoted VfB Stuttgart ultimately leading to his dismissal.

Favre previously worked at Nice and Borussia Monchengladbach. He also has Hertha Berlin and Zurich on his CV.

Despite being in the managerial game since 1993, Favre hasn't won a lot of silverware, with the DFL-Supercup being arguably his biggest triumph.

Nevertheless, this is a manager with a track record of stability and steady progress - something Newcastle could certainly do with following years of stagnation.

Paulo Fonseca

Paulo Fonseca Roma May21

Former AS Roma manager Paulo Fonesca was leading the race until the German Press started talking about the Favre rumours.

The 48-year-old helped the Italian outfit to a fifth-place finish in his first season in Serie A. He also led them to a Europa League semi-final a year later, a tie in which Roma suffered an 8-5 aggregate defeat to Manchester United.

The Portuguese manager also worked in his homeland with the likes of Braga, FC Porto, Pacos Ferreira and Aves.

During his time in Portugal, Fonseca claimed two cup honours, one with FC Porto in 2013 and the other with Braga in 2016.

His most successful managerial tenure was in Ukraine where he led Shakhtar Donetsk to three league titles, three domestic cups and one Super Cup.

During his time there he also qualified for the Champions League group stages on two occasions and even enjoyed wins over Manchester City, Napoli, Feyenoord and Roma.

Despite his age, Fonesca has a lot of experience under his belt. What's more, he is currently out of work and seeking a fresh challenge. With that in mind, it's no surprise to see him priced so short.

Leonardo Jardim

Leonardo Jardim Monaco Oct19

Currently coaching Al Hilal in Saudi Arabia, Leonardo Jardim has emerged as a late contender for the Magpies role.

The 47-year-old has enjoyed successful stints at Sporting Lisbon, Olympiacos and, most notably, Monaco who he guided to an unlikely Ligue 1 title in 2017.

He has also twice been sacked by the French club.

Known for bringing through young players - William Carvalho at Sporting, Fabinho, Kylian Mbappe and Rony Lopes all emerged under his tutelage - Jardim only joined Al Hilal in June.

However, his leaving to join Newcastle may not be a problem thanks to shared connections with the Saudi government.

Eddie Howe

Celtic may have to wait for Eddie Howe despite Dominic McKay’s early arrival

It's been over a year since Eddie Howe was in management and according to Planet Sport Bet, he may have to wait a while longer to make a return.

The 43-year-old was last in charge of Bournemouth where he enjoyed major success, taking the club from the lows of League Two to the highs of the Premier League.

Relegation in 2020 marked the end of Howe's time at the Cherries but is he the right man to take charge of Newcastle?

Howe thrived at the Vitality Stadium, enjoying a decade-long journey which made him almost untouchable.

That certainly wouldn't be the case in the north-east. The new ownership group are unlikely to put much store in his past achievements and probably aren't aware there is a League Two. What's more, the expectations from Newcastle supporters will be at an all-time high now the takeover has been given the green light.

Nevertheless, Howe is an ambitious young manager and many fans would be intrigued to see what he's capable of with significant financial backing.

Steven Gerrard

Steven Gerrard Rangers Europa League Sep21

Since taking over at Rangers, Steven Gerrard has led the club back to the forefront of Scottish soccer.

The Scottish Premiership may be a two-team division but guiding the Gers to title success is no easy feat.

Despite being under pressure to deliver success from an expectant fanbase (sound familiar?), Gerrard thrived and did just that.

Question is, does the 41-year-old dare to leave Glasgow for Newcastle? More importantly, is this the right time for him to take on the challenge of this magnitude?

The bookmakers aren't entirely convinced.

Frank Lampard

Frank Lampard Chelsea manager Jan21

Is Frank Lampard's time in the managerial wilderness about to end? The latest odds from Planet Sport Bet would suggest the answer is no.

At around 10/1, the former Chelsea boss is unlikely to take his place in the dugout at St James' Park.

Nevertheless, the 43-year-old would certainly make for an intriguing appointment.

In his short stint at Stamford Bridge, Lampard won 44 of his 84 games in charge and most notably, helped to promote a lot of young players during a transfer embargo.

While Chelsea proved a step too far for Lampard, Newcastle may be the perfect fit. Question is, are the new owners willing to take a chance on this managerial newbie?


One man who has been constantly linked with jobs is Brendan Rodgers. From Barcelona to Newcastle, the Northern Irish manager is certainly popular among bookmakers.

However, with the current Leicester City boss priced at 33/1, Foxes fans can rest easy with Rodgers likely to remain at the King Power for the foreseeable future.

In the early days of the Saudi-led takeover, Antonio Conte was the early frontrunner for the managerial post at St James' Park.

Inter Milan manager, Antonio Conte

Since then, the bookmakers have clearly woken up from their daydream and priced the former Inter Milan and Chelsea boss at the more realistic price of 33/1.

Newcastle might have a few coins in the bank but they're still in their early stages of development. Conte may perhaps be an option further down the line.

The same goes for two other longshots. Jose Mourinho and Zinedine Zidane are both priced around 25/1. Both would also make for a good fit, just not at this moment in time.

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