New Newcastle owners ‘want Mauricio Pochettino to replace Steve Bruce’

Newcastle United's prospective new owners are reportedly pursuing Mauricio Pochettino as their prime target to take over as the club's next manager.

PCP Capital Partners, a Saudi-backed consortium, are set to buy the Magpies from Mike Ashley after a deal was struck on Monday.

And the new owners in charge at St James' Park are wasting little time in establishing their priority manager and transfer targets.

Reports had indicated that current boss Steve Bruce would be given time to prove himself once the new owners took over, but ESPN claim that a new, high-profile appointment will be made.

And Pochettino is among the leading contenders, alongside former Magpies manager Rafael Benitez, ex-Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri and Borussia Dortmund boss Lucien Favre.

Benitez managed the Newcastle between 2016 and 2019 but is now at Chinese Super League side Dalian Pro, while Favre took over at Dortmund in 2018.

As such, Pochettino and Allegri – both out of work at the moment – may prove easier targets to land, with the prospective owners believing they can pull off a marquee deal similar to Everton's surprise swoop to bring Carlo Ancelotti to Goodison Park last year.

The consortium also expects that they can land a high-profile manager by showing their ambition to recruit quality players who are out of contract this summer.

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