Date: 9th July 2019 at 12:59pm
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Newcastle United have snubbed the chance to hire Giovanni van Bronckhorst as their next manager, according to the Chronicle.

The newspaper claims that the 44-year-old’s representatives have contacted the Magpies about the Dutchman succeeding Rafa Benitez in the St James’ Park hotseat.

However it is understood they have been told that Newcastle want to hire a manager with recent Premier League experience so that their next manager will not be learning on the job.

Van Bronckhorst is currently out of work after leaving Feyenoord at the end of last season.

OPINION

Having Premier League experience isn’t the be all and end all of a managerial appointment, but it definitely seems to be something that Newcastle want from their next manager as they aim to find a replacement for Benitez. Van Bronckhorst did a good job in the Netherlands with Feyenoord. He spent four years in charge at De Kuip, winning the 2016/17 Eredivise title and two Dutch Cups. The former Arsenal and Barcelona defender is clearly a talented manager who would normally have enough experience to convince other Premier League clubs that he is worth taking a shot on. However with Newcastle in the situation they’re in, going for someone who does have previous in the Premier League might be the best way to go. If they do go down that route, it should be someone who has recently managed in England’s top-flight, not a former player like Steven Gerrard or John Terry.