Ruud Gullit questions ‘strange choice’ from Newcastle owners with transfer warning

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Newcastle’s proposed appointment of Unai Emery has been questioned by former boss Ruud Gullit, who has labelled the Spaniard a “strange choice”. It has been widely reported that the Magpies’ new oil-rich owners will hire the former Arsenal boss to lead their new era. 

The Premier League side have been searching for a new manager since mutually agreeing to part ways with Steve Bruce two weeks ago. 

A new consortium, fronted by Amanda Staveley and 80 per cent backed by the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia, had taken control of the club a fortnight prior. It was widely expected that Bruce would depart imminently but he was handed his 1,000th game in management.  

That was the 3-2 defeat against Tottenham when supporter unrest reached a boiling point. 

Graeme Jones was soon placed in caretaker charge and oversaw a 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace followed by a 3-0 defeat by Chelsea last time out. 

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On Monday, The Athletic reported that Emery was ahead of Eddie Howe in a narrowed down two-man shortlist for the job. Newcastle are apparently willing to pay the rumoured £5.1million fee to buy him out of his Villarreal contract. 

However, former boss Gullit has questioned why Emery is in demand given his unconvincing previous spell in the Premier League with Arsenal.  

The 50-year-old failed to qualify for the Champions League with the Gunners, which is something that might worry director Staveley given her public European ambitions. Gullit wonders if Emery can attract top players. 

“I don’t know. I don’t get why you would take a coach that didn’t do well with Arsenal, why would you take him at Newcastle?” the Dutchman, who took charge of 52 games at Newcastle, questioned on beIN Sport. 

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“From Newcastle’s point of view, I don’t get it. I think he’s a good coach, but he didn’t do well in England. 

“He knows the Premier League, but not in the best fashion. Therefore, I find it a very strange choice.  

“He’s got a huge task to get the players if they want to go there because the good players that they want, want to play in the Champions League.

“Do you want to offer yourself for one or two years in order to play in that? That’s the big question, and that’s going to be hard for Newcastle. 

I hope they will get it because I liked it there, the crowd is fantastic.” 

Emery revealed on Tuesday that he had been in contact with Newcastle but that no offer had been made. He refused to rule out that he will take the job.  

“We play against Getafe on Sunday and this victory will help us,” the Spaniard said. 

“There has been an interest from Newcastle, that is all. No offer yet, which will have to be to me and to the club. There is nothing else. Before saying yes or not, I will talk to club. 

“I have not said ‘no’ to Newcastle… If this gets confirmed I will talk to Villarreal directors about it… I can’t add anything else… 

“I am thankful to Villarreal. I have spoken to Fernando Roig (chairman) and told him that there is interest, but no offer yet.”
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