Date: 6th July 2019 at 3:00pm
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Potential managers will ask owner Mike Ashley for an update on whether the club is being sold or not, according to The Chronicle.

The newspaper claims that the likes of Mikel Arteta, , Roberto Martinez and Steven Gerrard would want to know the future of .

Even managers like Claudio Ranieri and would want to know if Ashley is coming or going, although it probably wouldn’t be a dealbreaker for them.

Managing director is conducting the search for ’s replacement, and is thought to be doing so under the assumption that Ashley will remain as owner.

OPINION

There are a few interesting nuggets to delve into, here. Charnley is the man who is looking for the next Newcastle boss. That clearly means that Ashley himself isn’t overly concerned with finding the man who will take the club forward post-Benitez. The second thing to look at is that, as expected, anyone who is considering replacing the Spaniard will want to know whether the club is likely going to be sold or not. The prospective takeover by the Bin Zayed Group has been dragging on for a month and a half or so, resulting in plenty of doubts over whether it will actually happen. If you’re an ambitious young manager, like Arteta and Gerrard, would you really want to join Ashley’s Newcastle? They are both in good spots with and Rangers respectively, so it would be a big gamble to trade that in for life under the Sports Direct tycoon. This, then, would suggest that the club could end up with a more beige appointment, a la Ranieri.