Danny Mills fired a stark warning at Manchester City coach Mikel Arteta over potentially becoming Newcastle United manager.
Football Insider previously reported that the 37-year-old coach was one a number of candidates the Magpies were considering during their hunt to find a successor to Rafa Benitez.
However, Mills claimed that if Arteta was to become Magpies boss then it would be a massive step down for him from Manchester City and that a move to St James Park could end up being a disaster.
“Why would you leave Manchester City to go to Newcastle, when you’re used to dealing with the sort of quality that he’s used to dealing with?” said the Sky Sports pundit in an interview with Football Insider.
“It would be a massive step down. I know he would then be the manager, the head coach, but he could take that job and it could be a disaster after two months. Might not work, no money to spend and he could be out of a job.
“You have to be very, very careful. Even the bookies don’t seem to know.”
Well Mills is certainly all doom and gloom regarding Newcastle United’s soon-to-be-vacant managerial position, and it’s easy to see why. Benitez guided the Magpies to a 13th placed finish in the 2018/19 season and guided them to an even more impressive 10th placed finish the season before, so he will be a tough act to follow. This fact shouldn’t be lost on anyone potentially considering becoming Magpies boss, as Newcastle fans will not be easy to impress given how much they loved the Spanish manager. However, Mills does seem to be barking up the wrong tree by claiming Arteta taking the Magpies’ manager job would be a massive step down, as it could be the making of him. The 37-year-old has not yet been a manager and has instead been working at Man City as a coach under Pep Guardiola since hanging up his boots after playing 284 times in the Premier League across spells at Everton and Arsenal. So if Arteta was able to excel in his first manager’s job at the Magpies, given Mills is right to suggest the transfer budget will be low, it would soon see everyone hailing him a fantastic manager.