Lucien Favre touted as the new favorite for vacant Newcastle post

Lucien Favre touted as the new favorite for vacant Newcastle post

Favre in the lead for Newcastle job

Former Borussia Dortmund, OGC Nice, and Borussia Mönchengladbach boss″ target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>Lucien Favre

is rumored to have emerged as the new leading candidate for the vacant managerial posting at Newcastle.

Per SportBILD’s head of football Christian Falk, Favre is now the favorite target for the Public Investment Fund-led consortium ownership group at St. James’ Park.

Falk also claimed that a potential marriage between the Swiss headmaster and current Ajax Amsterdam director of football Marc Overmars – one of a few potential candidates for the same role at Newcastle – would be a strong match as the club looks to build solid foundations in the aftermath of their successful purchase from former owner Mike Ashley.

Favre is one of many potential names being linked to the now financially flush Newcastle after the club acquired new ownership, and the native of Saint-Barthélemy can add his name to the list along side the likes of Erik ten Hag, Frank Lampard, Eddie Howe, Antonio Conte, Paulo Fonseca, Steven Gerrard, and others.

A managerial track record that could fit the club

Though Lucien Favre has not managed to preside over a successful title winning campaign in the top level of European football after leaving his native Switzerland for Germany and capital outfit Hertha BSC back in 2007, the 63-year-old former international has a wealth of experience and a managerial pedigree that would signal intent by Newcastle to put themselves on an upward trajectory.

During his ten years taking posts in the Bundesliga and Ligue 1, Favre has been lauded as a solid tactician who champions attacking football, while also making it a priority to put faith in youngsters that meet his required standard.

Lucien Favre touted as the favorite to take over the managerial vacancy at Newcastle

Dortmund’s Swiss coach Lucien Favre gives an interview prior to the German first division Bundesliga football match BVB Borussia Dortmund v VfB Stuttgart at the Signal Iduna Park Stadium in Dortmund, western Germany, on December 12, 2020. (Photo by FOCKE STRANGMANN / various sources / AFP) / DFL REGULATIONS PROHIBIT ANY USE OF PHOTOGRAPHS AS IMAGE SEQUENCES AND/OR QUASI-VIDEO (Photo by FOCKE STRANGMANN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Unlike someone like Antonio Conte who very much relies on highly-established stars and veterans to push for honors, the buzz around Newcastle is that the club intends to build for the long haul rather than looking to buy silverware immediately.

But managing a club of the size of Dortmund is certainly a feather in his cap given the comparisons between both clubs, while players the likes of Marco Reus and Granit Xhaka flourished under his guidance.

He may not be the man to lead Newcastle to ultimate glory, but for a handful of seasons he certainly could play a vital role in getting the club on the right trajectory for further progression under a more long-term appointment in his wake.

Aminat Aigbe

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