Revealed! The manager Newcastle United could have landed instead of ex-Sunderland boss Steve Bruce
The collapse of the Sheikh Khaled-led Bin Zayed Group takeover of Newcastle United blocked French coach Bruno Genesio getting the Magpies post – according to the man himself.
The Dubai group’s proposed takeover flopped in the summer, despite claims the deal was close to complete from the potential buyers.
And Genesio, now managing in China with Beijing Guoan, has claimed he was set for the role, had United been bought out.
Speaking to French publication Le Progres, he said: “Everything went really quickly, because I was meant to sign with Newcastle, but the sale then fell through. I then decided to take some time off for myself, but towards the end of July, I received a phone call from my agents with an opportunity to go manage in China at Beijing Guoan.
“It just all went quickly. Forty-eight hours later I was on a plane, and four days later I was on the touchline for my first game”.