Newcastle United target Flamengo’s Jorge Jesus as next Magpies manager
Portuguese boss reportedly closing in to replace Steve Bruce at St James' Park
Jorge Jesus is reportedly close to becoming the next Newcastle manager (Getty Images)
Newcastle are reportedly discussing the possibility of Flamengo manager Jorge Jesus replacing current boss Steve Bruce.
Current owner Mike Ashley is close to completing the sale of Newcastle to Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund, headed up by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The reported £300 million sale would see Newcastle given a significant amount of money to spend.
The club's prospective new ownership group are eyeing a number of targets to replace Bruce.
65-year-old Jesus nearly became the Magpies’ boss last year after they parted ways with Rafa Benitez. His sensational achievements last season has put him back in the frame.
Jesus led Flamengo to an historic double in 2019, winning the Brazilian league and Copa Libertadores titles. Flamengo became the first Brazilian club to win the double since Pele led Santos to victory in both competitions in 1962 and 1963.
Jesus began his managerial career in the early 1990s and has managed some of Portugal's biggest clubs including Braga, Benfica and Sporting CP. The Portuguese manager has won a total of 20 trophies is in high demand.
The 65-year-old currently has a contract until June with the Brazilian club hoping to extend the deal until December 2021. Jesus is seeking a salary increase of 50 per cent which could prove difficult for Flamengo due to the financial downturn because of the coronavirus pandemic.
A move to the English Premier League would be hard to resist, especially under new ownership with deep-pockets that could provide funds to contest for a place in the UEFA Champions League or Europa League.
Newcastle are also considering a bid for ex-Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, Luciano Spalletti, Max Allegri and Lucien Favre.