If Lucien Favre beats Antonio Conte to the job, Newcastle will field a new-look XI next season.


If Lucien Favre beats Antonio Conte to the job, Newcastle will field a new-look XI next season.

Following their takeover, Newcastle is expected to fire Steve Bruce.

Newcastle United’s manager, Steve Bruce, could be replaced after the club was purchased by a Saudi-backed consortium last week. Following the takeover, the Magpies became the richest club in the world of football.

Newcastle has had a poor start to the season, finishing second bottom of the Premier League table after winning just one of their first seven games.

A number of high-profile managers have been connected with the post at St James’ Park, with Lucien Favre and Antonio Conte among those mentioned.

If Bruce is fired and Favre replaces Conte, Express Sport looks at how Newcastle may line up under the former Borussia Dortmund manager.

Newcastle have been without Slovakia international Martin Dubravka for the first two months of the season as he recovers from a foot injury.

Newcastle’s finest goalkeeper is Dubravka, and Favre would surely make the 32-year-old his first option.

If Newcastle are to fight at the top of the table, the keeper’s experience and consistency will be crucial.

Favre will want to make sure his Newcastle team is capable of competing with the elite.

But, as things stand, their defense isn’t up to the task, so the new boss will have to call in reinforcements.

He may also attempt to encourage players with whom he has previously collaborated to join him in the north east.

Newcastle are in need of a new right-back, and Thomas Meunier of Dortmund could be the ideal candidate.

Favre was the guy who lured the 30-year-old to Germany, and he may do so again with a lucrative deal and promises of future glory.

Manuel Akanji is another player who could be on his way to the Premier League. The centre-back would partner captain Jamaal Lascelles at the heart of the defence, with Matt Ritchie slipping in at left-back to provide a set-piece threat.

Favre will most likely use the 4-2-3-1 formation he used at Dortmund, with two defensive midfielders to provide strong protection for his backline.

Jonjo Shelvey is an enigmatic talent who has underachieved throughout his career, but playing for a team with aspirations to compete at the top of the table could provide the 29-year-old with the motivation he requires to keep going.

Favre may want to sign Dortmund’s Axel Witsel to play alongside Shelvey. “Brinkwire Summary News,” by Witsel.


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