Eriksson – Newcastle Manager Is Dream Job

It is well known that Sven-Goran Eriksson loves bringing a team to St. James’ Park to experience the great passion filled atmosphere at the ground.


Sven Eriksson – Newcastle Manager is a dream job

That’s why Sven, when he was England manager, arranged some England games to be played at St. James’ Park, because he knew he would get excellent support from the Geordies, and of course he did.

And before Sam Allardyce was appointed manager, Sven made it known to everybody who would listen, that he was interested in the Newcastle manager job. We think Sven would have jumped at the chance to manage Newcastle, now just because of the fanatical support the team always receives. Sven knows Bobby Robson well, and Bobby will have no doubt told him everything he ever wanted to know about the team. 😀

Sven today has rubbished Sir Alex Ferguson’s claim that no one in their right mind would manage Newcastle United.  Eriksson – whose Manchester City side take on Newcastle at St James’ Park tonight – has rightly said it is a “dream job”.

Sven said:

“People might say ‘would anyone choose to manage Newcastle?’, but then you might say ‘would anyone choose to manage England.”

“They’re both dream jobs. You’re talking about a big club, a fantastic stadium and support – nobody would ever say no to that job.”

“Sam Allardyce has thick skin and he can stand up to what’s happening there and resolve it. Everyone knows he’s a great manager.”

The job to be true is probably the best of jobs and the worst of jobs, to paraphrase Charles Dickens. It’s a great job when you’re doing well, but it’s a pressure cooker job when you’re not. And right now we are not doing as well as we had hoped, although Sven has Manchester City flying high.

After having the England job, Sven was used to all the pressure that comes with a high profile job, and we think he could manage Newcastle United very well. Certainly his club record in football is second to none and he has won European titles with 3 different teams from 3 different countries. Maybe he still will, sometime in the future manage Newcastle, although that’s probably just wishful thinking now.

Comments welcome.

27 comments so far

  • Rich

    Jan 2, 2008 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #1

    I read this today and thought if only, its so clear he loves Newcastle and this was his number 1 choice of managers job but because we got Sam he had to settle for Man City!

  • awc88

    Jan 2, 2008 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #2

    i wanted sven at the time and now weve winded up playing rubbish football with a manager who is too stuburn to change his tatic is a dreadful league position and falling, and have made no progress since last season, whilst city who have a manager who chooses the tactics to suit his players and not himself like sam are going into europe next year

  • Tom

    Jan 2, 2008 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #3

    but hands up, who thought he would take Man city as far as he has? The majority of toon fans would have picked Allardyce originally. Anybody know anywhere i can get hold of a ticket for the Stoke game on Sunday?

  • Newcastlefan

    Jan 2, 2008 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #4

    I always new Sven was a great manager. I was disapointed with the world cup, but then the meadia had got to him. I think the meadia have too much to say, not just in footaball but politics to. I suppose you can sum up the mood of the country in much the same way. We are a quick fix it, nation !

  • Graham

    Jan 2, 2008 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #5

    I’ll happily drive Allardyce back to Lancashire and pick you up Sven if you’re still interested!

    I ‘ll even get you a BurgerKing on the way up the M6

  • Graeme

    Jan 2, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #6

    Life is full of “what ifs” though. We appointed a highly skilled and well respected Football Manager to sort out the vast problems the club had when he took over.

    Those problems were never going to be sorted in a few weeks or months. They aren’t sorted yet and it will still take many months to do so. Ashley, Mort and Sam all now realise that it was far, far worse than anyone expected and no doubt they are trying their best to sort things out, both on and off the pitch.

    All we do, as fans, is bitch and moan because a few results dont go our way. These things take time, no matter who was in charge; if we sack BSA everything goes back to square one as far as the “on the pitch” side of things go. We are much better off sticking with him for this season at the very least, probably next season as well.

  • Tom

    Jan 2, 2008 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #7

    Well said Graeme! Score predictions for tonight people??

  • LeazesEndLoyal

    Jan 2, 2008 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #8

    Graeme sorry but that arguement doesn’t wash….. Man City had more problems than us.

    Sam has had more time than Sven at this club! Brought a hell of an entourage, signed 9 players he chose!

    His tactics are inept, he constantly picks players out of position, he plays 3 dm’s every game, there’s no creation or spark!

    People forget Sam is the final legacy of the dark days of Fat Fred, we can’t move on until every last burning ember of him is extinguished!

    A loss to Stoke will seal his fate!

  • Edd Case

    Jan 2, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #9

    “Sam Allardyce has thick skin” – Sven’s got that right, for sure.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jan 2, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #10

    Rich – I think you are spot on about Sven – he would have walked to Newcastle from London to be Newcastle manager. He knows all about the Geordie Nation and he loves everything about it.
    My next door neighbor Mats is Swedish, and a huge fan of Eriksson – hey – he would have become a Newcastle fan if Sven had taken over 😀
    They seem so proud of him in Sweden.

  • mark

    Jan 2, 2008 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #11

    Sven the dirty bugger. what a legend he is though.

    1 all draw tonight I think, cant see either side winning it at the minute. Anyone know if Joey Barton has been gettin it up the poop shoot in jail?

  • Graham

    Jan 2, 2008 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #12

    Mark – not sure – but Big Winston in the next cell reckons Barton was very eager to retrieve the soap from the shower room floor the other day…

  • Stamford Toon

    Jan 2, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #13

    I agree with Graeme.

  • Leo

    Jan 2, 2008 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #14

    beggining to like sve now, wat a bitch

  • scott 9

    Jan 2, 2008 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #15

    i agree i think we were svens first choice but then sam got the job and he had to settle for man city.

  • James

    Jan 2, 2008 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #16

    Well I’d always have picked Sven over Sam. But let’s not forget Sven’s life was made easier at City by already having 2 great centre backs in Dunne and Richards. So he could build around it. Whereas Sam is having to build every area of the team.

    Added to this we all know Sven likes the money and knows Newcastle is one of the best paid jobs in Europe (like England). Sam is currently the third highest paid manager in the Premiership and fifth highest in Europe. Thanks Freddie Shephard…..

  • Ross

    Jan 2, 2008 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #17

    shame nobody had the balls to take the chance and approach him with regards to the job then isn’t it,haha.
    i always liked sven at england aswell.
    he took alot of abuse, but at the end of the day, im quite sure he didnt lose a single qualifying game in his time at england.
    he got the job done, and his club record isnt terrible either.
    missed the boat with this one so we did.

  • Tommy

    Jan 2, 2008 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #18

    I’ll gladly hold my hands up and say I was wrong about sven. We missed out there…

  • stk

    Jan 2, 2008 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #19

    ah, retrospect, what a wonderful thing.

    i originally went for allardyce coz he seemed more thorough in his approach and scandal follows sven, in his england days, and knowing our club, the two wouldve gone well actually!

    congrats to the man, he did england proud, most of the time, and he knows his stuff.

    but we shouldve gone for him! definately sheppard who’s laughing now, fat bastard!

  • stk

    Jan 2, 2008 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #20

    he can come be our manager whenever he likes!

  • Toon Al

    Jan 2, 2008 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #21

    i agree with graeme, a bit of continuety wouldnt hurt a bit, whats the point in a new manager at this point in the season anyway? i doubt anyone would rocket us into the top 6. especially the managers available at the moment who would be interested.

    with sams backroom staff it suggests a foundation, we shouldnt be so hastey

  • Hadrian

    Jan 2, 2008 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #22

    we look a right bunch of muppets now ehh? sitting in the bottom half with sam while sven sits in 5th .
    as for changing managers this early in the season , its gives the next one all the rest of this season to prepare for the next one 😀

  • Marty

    Jan 2, 2008 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #23

    Hey James,i think its funny everyone talkin about citys 2 gr8 defenders as its not very long ago that Dunne was a bit of a “titus”….being irish i and many others were sick of him being called up but in the last season he has been playin magic stuff.
    We just dont seem to be able to do the same with the defenders at NUFC.
    Sam is supposed to get defenders to play well but has the whole team defending at the moment.

  • James

    Jan 2, 2008 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #24

    Marty – the main problem with our defense is that it needs one of them to stand up and shout orders to the others. Dunne does it for city. Ferdinand for Manure, Terry for Chelsea. Nobody does it for us. So often you see our defenders either go for the same ball or leave it altogether.

    Our defense will always be all over the place until we get a leader in there that kicks everyone else into touch.

  • geordie down south

    Jan 2, 2008 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #25

    he would be awesome..

    hes just rubbing it in that fat f*cked up freddy shepard f*cked up newcastles season by apoointing..the worlds most arrogant, waste of a person as manager and not one of the worlds best managers…

    for f*cks sake wen are we going to get it right..

    ?? please shoot me now..??

  • john

    Jan 2, 2008 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #26

    the problem is simple SHIT TEAM SHIT MANAGER SHIT COACHES

  • geordie down south

    Jan 3, 2008 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #27

    ^^ got it in one..


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