Eintracht Frankfurt manager Adi Hutter turned down the chance of replacing Rafa Benitez at Newcastle United, according to Sport Bild via Sport Witness.
The German weekly magazine understands Toon chiefs approached the Austrian last summer when it became clear that Benitez would not be accepting a new contract at St. James’ Park, but the Eagles chief did not consider his future anywhere but in Germany at the time.
We ultimately moved to appoint Steve Bruce 23 days after confirmation fell that Benitez was leaving, and have since claimed 35 points from 29 Premier League games to sit 13th in the table and eight points clear of the drop zone.
Hutter chose against leaving the Commerzbank-Arena for St. James’ Park, as his commitment to the Bundesliga side was too strong to leave behind. The 50-year-old is now thought to have grown more open-minded to life away from the largest city of the German federal state of Hesse, though, as contractual discussions at Frankfurt have broadened his vision.
It is noted that Hutter’s camp expect the current 12th-placed Bundesliga side will offer the Austrian a new deal before the close of the current campaign, with his contract due to expire in 2021.
Hutter, however, would ‘carefully consider’ putting pen to paper on a deal that would keep him at the Commerzbank-Arena for any longer and could even leave Die Adler at the close of the 2019/20 season.
Who would you have preferred?
Hutter has enjoyed a rather mixed spell in charge of Eintracht Frankfurt since his arrival at the German side in 2018, having led the club into the Europa League Semi-Finals for the first time a year ago but struggled for domestic consistency this term.
Eintracht have won eight of their 24 Bundesliga fixtures to date in 19/20, including a 5-1 demolition of Bayern Munich, but have lost their last three in a row with an aggregate scoreline of 10-1.
Whether Hutter would have been a more suitable option than Bruce has proven to be is anyone’s guess, though the Austrian has one thing Bruce does not – trophies to his name.
While Bruce has never touched silverware as a manager, Hutter is a three-time league winner having lifted the 2012/13 Austrian second-tier title with SV Grodig, the 2014/15 Austrian Bundesliga with RB Salzburg and the 2017/18 Swiss Super League with BSC Young Boys.
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