Why Lucien Favre turned down Crystal Palace as Newcastle next manager links intensify

By Danny Bloomer

Lucien Favre is one of several names to have been linked with the managerial role at Newcastle United following the completion of the takeover last week.

A Saudi Arabian-led consortium consisting of Amanda Staveley, the Reuben brothers and the Public Investment Fund agreed a deal to end Mike Ashley’s controversial 14-year reign in charge on Tyneside and are set to make the club’s manager position their first priority.

Steve Bruce 's future is in doubt but Chronicle Live understands the new owners are taking their time to decide what will be done regarding his position ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash with Tottenham at St James’ Park.

Favre, along with the likes of Antonio Conte, Steven Gerrard, and Frank Lampard, have all been touted as possible replacements as the new Newcastle owners get to work on rebuilding the club.

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The 63-year-old has been out of work since December 2020 when he was sacked by Borussia Dortmund following two-and-a-half-years in charge of the German giants.

He enjoyed a decent spell at Signal Iduna Park, winning 68 of his 110 matches at the helm, while also securing the 2019 German Super Cup.

Favre also had managerial stints at both Borussia Monchengladbach and Nice, where he was in charge of current Magpies star man Allan Saint-Maximin.

The Swiss man has been linked with several clubs since his departure from Dortmund last year and was on the brink of being appointed as Crystal Palace manager in the summer.

Instead, though at the 11th hour, Favre opted against taking the job at Palace as he wanted a longer break from football.

With another four months of recharging his batteries under his belt, he could be ready to undergo his next challenge in football management.

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