Michel Sanchez Emerges as Top Contender for Newcastle United Amidst Struggling Form

Girona's coach Michel Sanchez emerges as a serious contender for Newcastle United's managerial position.

In a surprising turn of events, Michel Sanchez, the current coach of La Liga’s table-toppers Girona, is being considered as a potential successor to Eddie Howe at Newcastle United. The 48-year-old Spaniard has garnered attention for his remarkable achievements, guiding Girona to promotion in his first season in charge and securing a commendable 10th place in the subsequent La Liga campaign.

Girona’s impressive performances this season, currently sharing the top spot with Real Madrid, have not gone unnoticed by top European teams. With ties to Manchester City through ownership, Michel has become a candidate of interest for both Pep Guardiola’s team and Barcelona, eyeing him as a possible replacement for Xavi.

Reports from Spain suggest that Newcastle United’s owners are seriously considering handing Michel full control amid their current struggles. Despite finishing fourth in the Premier League last season and reaching the Carabao Cup final, the Magpies’ fortunes have taken a downturn, facing seven losses in their last eight games across all competitions. Their European dreams were dashed by Chelsea in the Carabao Cup quarterfinals, and they currently sit in ninth place in the Premier League, 11 points adrift of the coveted fourth spot.

Eddie Howe, the current manager, remains optimistic about Newcastle’s chances of a top-four finish, dismissing injuries as an excuse for the recent decline in form. Despite being out of the European spots for the first time since August, Howe is determined to lead the team back on track.

As Newcastle faces crucial FA Cup third-round matches against Sunderland and tough Premier League fixtures against Manchester City and Aston Villa, the spotlight is on whether Michel Sanchez could be the catalyst for a revival in the Magpies’ fortunes. With speculation growing, the coming weeks could see a significant shakeup in the managerial landscape at St James’ Park.

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