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Newcastle have been urged to go behind the back of manager Eddie Howe and find out whether Julian Nagelsmann would be willing to join them by Stan Collymore. The German was sacked by Bayern Munich earlier this week after falling out of favour with the board, despite the club still performing relatively well on the pitch.
The Bundesliga outfit decided to part ways with the 35-year-old on Friday, appointing former Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel instead – pinching him from the grasp of Tottenham. Nagelsmann’s spell with Bayern did not damage his reputation though, and clubs will certainly have been alerted by his availability.
Former Liverpool and Aston Villa star Collymore believes that Newcastle should be amongst those keen on Nagelsmann, suggesting that they should turn their back on Howe. He told Caught Offside: “Now Nagelsmann is set to become available, he could go to Newcastle United.
“If Bayern Munich can get rid of a coach like Nagelsmann, who had the club competing for the Bundesliga title and was unbeaten in Europe, then Newcastle United can definitely part ways with Eddie Howe. The Magpies’ owners should, at the very least, put the feelers out and ask Nagelsmann if he’d like to take charge.
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“They don’t even need to tell Howe that they’ve made contact with him but come on, they have to at least go and find out if he’d like to come to the northeast. That is how they will improve because they’re not going to get to the promised land with Howe in charge.
“Now before you say it – I know a lot of fans will be thinking ‘but that’s not the way Newcastle are doing it, Stan’ and that is true; it isn’t how they’ve gone about their business, so far – but if they snapped up a manager of Nagelsmann’s reputation and went on to qualify for Europe and win a trophy, then, believe me, the feeling would quickly go from ‘Eddie Howe’ to ‘Eddie who?’”
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Newcastle have improved markedly under Howe this season, with the club sitting in fifth place in the Premier League and having every chance of finishing in the top four.
The former Bournemouth boss has played a key role in recruitment and ensuring that acquisitions would enable the club to pull clear of the midtable skirmishing.
Thus, it feels unlikely that the higher powers at St James’ Park will turn their back on Howe so soon. They also may not have the chance to even sign Nagelsmann if they postpone their approach until the summer, with Tottenham eying the former RB Leipzig boss as the ideal Antonio Conte replacement.
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