Report: Former Celtic boss could be put in charge of Newcastle billions
Former Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is a name Newcastle are discussing to replace Steve Bruce, The Scottish Daily Mail reports. [08/10 print edition, page 81]
The paper say that the cash-rich club, who are now under the control of the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund, are willing to pay the £8m it would take to release Bruce from his current contract.
With Bruce out of the way, it’s stated they’d prefer a manager with Premier League experience to take charge and that Rodgers’ name is one that has been mooted internally in recent days.
The final decision on who’s manager moving forward will be taken by Amanda Stavely and the board – including PIF governor Yasir Al-Rumayyan and Jamie Reuben.
It could mean that Rodgers is given access to a budget and club wealth beyond most other managers’ comprehension.
The Daily Mail have previously stated that the new Newcastle owners could spend hundreds of millions on the club over the next couple of years, without breaching FFP rules.
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The Saudi PIF is said to be worth hundreds of billions of pounds, making them the richest football owners in the world.
The Leicester boss could thrive in that environment and put standards in place at Newcastle that really shake up the English Premier League top six.
No doubt it would be of intrigue for Celtic supporters to see Rodgers make a push for an English league title again, after his extraordinary success in Scotland.
There are very interesting times ahead down south, but as we discussed yesterday, more football billions entering the market is a bad thing for Celtic.
In other news, Celtic star Tom Rogic helps Australia to crucial WCQ win.