Newcastle have been searching for a replacement for Rafael Benitez for less than 24 hours, as this is being written, but already there have been a host of names linked to take over at St James’ Park.
Former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is said to be the current favourite according to the bookmakers, while the likes of Garry Monk, Claudio Ranieri, Chris Hughton and Avram Grant are also reportedly in the running.
According to senior beIN journalist Ben Jacobs, Newcastle are also considering Anthony Hudson for the role and have approached him over the possibility of replacing Benitez this summer.
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Following the emergence of Hudson as a contender for the Newcastle job, we’ve taken a look at his career thus far and what he could offer to the Magpies in the future.
Hudson is in the early stages of his managerial career at 38-years-old, and Newcastle would be just the sixth club he has managed thus far.
Hudson spent time playing for West Ham’s youth side before being released by the Hammers. The former midfielder went on to have spells with Luton Town and NEC Nijimegen.
Managerial career (1/3)
Hudson began his managerial career with US Second Division side Real Maryland, and was nominated for the coach of the year award after guiding them to the play-offs.
The former Tottenham reserve coach took charge of Newport County in 2011, before they parted company with him after just 19 games in charge. The then 30-year-old failed to win in the 10 games prior to his departure, and left Newport in the relegation zone of the Blue Square Bet Premier division.
Managerial career (2/3)
Hudson was appointed as Bahrain’s Under-23 manager in 2012 and won the U23 Gulf Cup of Nations for the first time in the country’s history. He was then named as the manager of Bahrain’s senior side, and led them to qualification for the Asian Cup before leaving to take charge of New Zealand in 2014.
Hudson won nine, drew seven and lost 11 games in his three-year stint in charge of the All Whites, and almost guided them to qualification to the 2018 World Cup, but eventually lost out to Peru in a 2-0 defeat over two legs in the play-off.
Managerial career (3/3)
Shortly after leaving New Zealand, Hudson took charge of the Colorado Rapids, but defensive frailties and public criticism of his players resulted in his tenure in charge lasting just 17 months.
Would he be worth the risk?
Hiring a relatively inexperienced Hudson would certainly be a risk for Newcastle, especially given the shoes he would have to fill, though he has shown promise in his short managerial career thus far.
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