Report details reason for Newcastle link to 52y/o, makes UAE takeover claim

Bruno Genesio was Peter Kenyon’s preferred candidate for the vacant Newcastle United job, according to L’Equipe

The former Lyon manager was unexpectedly linked with the hot seat at St. James’ Park on Tuesday, as reported by French outlet Le Progres.

But L’Equipe have claimed that the 52-year-old would only every have been brought in had Kenyon completed a deal for the Toon Army.

The report also suggests that Kenyon was working with an unnamed party from the UAE to get a deal over the line.

OPINION

This is getting ridiculous now. Or rather, it was getting ridiculous a month and a half ago, and this latest report just pours fuel on the towering in inferno of daftness. Lord only knows why Genesio’s named has sprung up today, but it’s clear that he has not been anywhere near the vacancy at St. James’ Park for quite some time. Kenyon’s name hasn’t really been mentioned in any kind of serious sense since the start of the year, and so his sudden inclusion either means that he has revived takeover bid, or that the whole thing is nonsense. If it is the former – and that seems unlikely at this stage – then it means that there is a lot more going on behind the scenes than is being let on. To be fair, that is probably still the case, but does it mean that a takeover is imminent? Of course not. It’s a shame as well, because Genesio did wonders at Lyon, pickign up a points per game of 1.84 [Transfermarkt], but it looks like the Toon Army are still getting Steve Bruce.

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