Anthony Hudson is looking for his next job, and the former Colorado Rapids head coach could end up on the world's biggest stage.
Multiple reports out of England this week have connected Hudson, 38, to the manager role at Premier League giant Newcastle United.
What next for Newcastle? I'm hearing Arsene Wenger will be sounded out over a role. Also told Anthony Hudson in the mix for head coach job— Dean Jones (@DeanJonesBR) June 24, 2019
Told the Anthony Hudson has indeed had some contact with Newcastle. A very good young coach and could be a sign of Newcastle going down that route... https://t.co/p2Egf7tvMO— Graeme Bailey (@GraemeBailey) June 24, 2019
Definitely truth in #NUFC approaching Anthony #Hudson. Clearly talking to others, too. Talented coach who worked wonders with Bahrain, laid strong foundations at New Zealand and was unlucky at Colorado. Young British manager who deserves a chance. Trained under #Bielsa, too.— Ben Jacobs (@JacobsBen) June 24, 2019
Hudson racked up an 8-26-9 record in MLS regular season play between the beginning of the 2018 season and May 1 of this season, when he was dismissed by the club. After going the first nine games winless this year, Hudson described the Colorado roster as a "bottom group of players" in MLS terms in highly-publicized postgame comments.
"There are teams with a lot more quality than us. And that’s what we’re competing against. And no one talks about it,” he said, days before his firing.
Newcastle United have two players with prior MLS ties, in DeAndre Yedlin and Miguel Almiron, and finished the 2018-19 Premier League season in 13th place under Rafa Benitez, who is moving on from the club at the end of his contract on June 30. One of the biggest clubs in England in terms of support, Newcastle have been one of the more budget-conscious teams in the top flight under current owner Mike Ashley, and their showing last season was regarded as an outstanding return for a team that was considered a threat for relegation by many pundits.