Newcastle told they avoided Arsenal mistake appointing Unai Emery in search for new boss

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Gabby Agbonlahor believes that Newcastle United have avoided making a huge mistake after a deal to appoint Unai Emery as their new boss collapsed this week.

The Magpies had highlighted the Villarreal chief as the perfect candidate to replace Steve Bruce, who was dismissed last month.

But the deal for Emery has spectacularly imploded over the past few days – seemingly clearing the path for former Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe to take charge at St James Park.

And with Howe’s arrival now imminent, talkSPORT pundit Gabby Agbonlahor believes that Newcastle have dodged a bullet after failing to lure Emery back to the Premier League.

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“Emery struggled with Arsenal, he didn’t do well at Arsenal, so I don’t think it would have been a good appointment, no,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider.

“Newcastle are absolutely miles off it. They’ve been linked with every manager walking the earth and they’ve not signed one yet. It’s like a panic signing, for me.

“Where did his name even come from? Yes, he won the Europa League with Villareal but would he have been the answer for Newcastle? I wasn’t sure.

“Whoever they do bring in has one hell of a job to do. At the moment, for me, Newcastle are the second-favourites to go down after Norwich.

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“The manager needs to get results before January, he can’t wait until January to get players in because they could be down by January and 10, 15 points off safety.

“They need to get wins now and you can’t see where their next win is coming from.”

Newcastle are still winless in the Premier League this season and look destined to be involved in another relegation battle this term despite being taken over in £305million deal last month.

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By appointing Howe, the Magpies do at least have someone with the nous of operating at that end of the table – something that Emery never experienced during his spell at Arsenal.

Howe managed to keep the Cherries in the Premier League for five years before they finally succumbed to relegation at the end of the 2019/20 season. He quit the Vitality stadium not long after, bringing an end to his eight-year spell in charge at the club.

Although Howe has been out of work for over a year, for the majority of his spell at Bournemouth, he was regarded as one of the brightest young coaches in the Premier League and one of English football’s most promising managerial prospects.

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