According to Dan Cancian of the Daily Mail, Newcastle United is reportedly considering Girona manager Michel Sanchez as a potential replacement for current head coach Eddie Howe in the event of a firing.
This news comes off the ongoing struggles endured by Newcastle, as the club is in absolute disarray having lost four of their last five Premier League games as well as seven of their last eight matches across all competitions this season.
Michel Sanchez, 48, has earned quite the respect across the continent by leading Girona, to LaLiga after getting promoted from the Spanish second-flight division in his first season at the helm last year before going on to secure a 10th-place finish in LaLiga last season.
This campaign, Girona’s impressive run of results under Sanchez has them tied with Real Madrid at the top of LaLiga. Girona defeated Atletico Madrid 4-3 on Wednesday, sitting in second place with 48 points in 19 games tied with Real and 10 points clear of Atletico Madrid and Barcelona, both with 38 points.
Sanchez’s success at Girona, a club owned by the same holding company as Manchester City, has put him on the radar of several top European clubs, according to the Daily Mail. The report mentions clubs such as Barcelona and Manchester City as potential landing spots for the Spaniard.
According to sources from Spain quoted in said report, Newcastle’s owners are “taking a serious interest in Sanchez” as a strong candidate to take over from Howe, should the need arise. That could happen soon, considering Newcastle is playing an FA Cup win-or-go-home matchup next Saturday that could put an end to Howe’s tenure with the Magpies.
Howe, who led Newcastle to a Carabao Cup final and a fourth-place finish in the Premier League last season, has been under pressure due to the team’s recent downturn in form, which has been going on for months on end.
Newcastle currently stands ninth in the Premier League, 11 points behind fourth-placed Arsenal, and looking at a steep climb if they want to clinch a Champions League berth for the second consecutive season.
With upcoming games against Manchester City and Aston Villa in the Premier League and a critical FA Cup tie against derby rivals Sunderland, there are serious chances Howe gets axed first thing on Sunday morning.
Michel Sanchez, you better keep that smartphone charged and close to you next Monday.