Newcastle Board Under Pressure To Deliver


The Newcastle board, and Chairman Chris Mort in particular, will now be under tremendous pressure, following their surprise dismissal of manager Sam Allardyce yesterday afternoon.

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Chairman Chris Mort – under pressure to bring in top manager

We think the board has made a huge mistake but it’s water under the bridge now and nothing can be done about it, it’s happened, it’s over.

But Mort and Ashley had better bring in a world class replacement for Big Sam because a large contingent of Newcastle fans were willing to give him time as he tried to work his magic at Newcastle.

We had hoped the new board at Newcastle would have given Sam some time, unlike Freddy Shepherd who hired and fired a number of managers during his reign as Chairman. He hired and fired five managers (Freddy fired Dalglish. Gullit, Robson, Souness, Roeder and hired Big Sam). Now Sam has been fired. Not a very good record and we can hardly have been successful over that time – which we haven’t been apart form when Bobby was in the job for 6 years.

The names of some of the managers being mentioned as possible contenders and we should be talking about the likes of Jose Mourinho, Sven Eriksson and Gus Hiddink as potential managers.

Otherwise surely we wouldn’t have fired Big Sam yesterday.

We also are hoping that the announcement of the new manager will come shortly and that will show this was all planned out and it wasn’t a seat of the pants reaction that Chris has talked about so often. If indeed we are now looking for a manager in the January transfer window, that would be completely unacceptable.

We may already have missed out on one of our targets, Lassana Diarra from Arsenal, so the sooner the club announces a new top class manager the better for all concerned. We’re still hoping it’s today, because the longer we go without a new manager the more stories (like this one) will be written, questioning what’s really happening at the club.

We also want to take the time and wish the very best of luck to Sam Allardyce. We’re sure once he gets over this shock to his system (and to his ego) he’ll do just fine with some other club. He will not be short of offers, and at least he’ll not have any money problems after his time at Newcastle.

Comments welcome.


48 comments so far

  • indian toon

    Jan 10, 2008 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #1

    harry redknapp—- denied
    shearer————- denied
    then who is our manager?
    f**k they are killing us with their suspense.

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  • ObaFan2

    Jan 10, 2008 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #2

    If a new manager wasn’t lined up as replacement BSA should still be manager.
    I’m optimistic that Ashley n Mort have someone lined up, the bookies don’t seem to know. Lets hope there is a pleasant surprise for us.

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  • indian toon

    Jan 10, 2008 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #3

    sheaRER— denied
    redknapp— denied. then who?

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  • true

    Jan 10, 2008 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #4

    Two options
    Ottmar Hitzfeld
    or Guus

    then the fans would be happy, but this time the fans must give time

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  • indian toon

    Jan 10, 2008 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #5

    why dont u geordie boys watch the airport and some near the stadium , to keep a watch on the new manager? would love the breaking news!!!

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  • James

    Jan 10, 2008 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #6

    The Top Ten List :

    1 . Mourinho – would take the job and is allowed to, but would demand £6-7 million a year. He often remarked he wished Stamford Bridge was as noisy as SJP. Through SBR he knows all about Newcastle. A better bet than the media think.

    2 . Keegan – Still 10 years younger than Sir Alex and would take it if offered a large transfer kitty to finally land the title.

    3. Shearer – Won’t be offered the job at all, but probably knows who the new man is.

    4. Lippi – Has always wanted to manage in the Premiership and seeing his rival Capello take over the England job will have got his goat up. High salary.

    5. Hitzfield – Claims to have been in the running when SBR was sacked years ago. Only a few months before he is unemployed at Bayern. A good outside bet.

    6. Louis Van Gal – Ashley won’t know enough about him. No chance.

    7. Jol – Ashley likes Spurs and doesn’t like that Jol nearly relegated them. Very slim.

    8. Sven – Ashley is said to have admired Sven for ages and has been impressed with the attacking football of Man City. Sven would jump at the chance and described it as the dream job last month. The only Premiership Manager Ashley would turn to right now. A good bet.

    9. Martin O Neil – Won’t leave Villa for anyone except Man Utd.

    10. Mark Hughes – Is labelled with the same tag as Fat Sam with playing boring football. No chance.

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  • indian toon

    Jan 10, 2008 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #7

    i know who the manager is guys . and it is none other than our own TERRY MAC DERMOTT. HIS TIME HAS COME AT NEWCASTLE.

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  • Steeley

    Jan 10, 2008 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #8

    Allardyce will not be short of offers?? Correct….from Championship sides!! The man is tosh and he showed that with us….he didnt have a fricking clue! I doubt any Prem club will touch him with a sh!tty stick!!

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  • ObaFan2

    Jan 10, 2008 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #9

    What about Coppell or is he lined up as Fergy’s replacement?

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  • Howie

    Jan 10, 2008 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #10

    just seen steve mcclown and el tel arrive in gateshead…….
    in all seriousness though it must be a top manager lined up to have sacked sam out of the blue like that. maybe they made enquiries for someone after wigan debacle and they only accepted it yesterday.

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  • Howie

    Jan 10, 2008 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #11

    james why on earth would sven leave man city. indian toon i agree terry mac is the man

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  • arctoa

    Jan 10, 2008 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #12

    I think the simple fact of the matter is that none of us have a clue and it’s driving us bonkers.

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  • true

    Jan 10, 2008 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #13

    James excellent summary
    I dont know who i want now but i do know who i dont want
    Shearer or Hughes or Jol or sven or O Neil

    any of the rest i would be happy with.

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  • Howie

    Jan 10, 2008 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #14

    sam allardyce will prove he is a good manager again. maybe this club was too big for him but imo at the moment until we know who the new boss is i think sacking him was the worst mistake we have made since robson days. im irish and wud love sam to get irish job.

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  • Hobs

    Jan 10, 2008 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #15

    Obama for manager, Hillary as assistant! 😀

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  • Rob Kirton

    Jan 10, 2008 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #16

    Howie: The only time Sam ever won anything was when he was manager of Limerick – so you never know.

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  • Howie

    Jan 10, 2008 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #17

    hobs knowing us we would get george bush

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  • Hadrian

    Jan 10, 2008 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #18

    there both bankrolled by the same shady buggers that own bush !
    ron paul or bust 😉
    p.s im not a yank 🙂

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  • steve

    Jan 10, 2008 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #19

    How about Tony Blair – he’s even a geordie and is used to dealing with arrogant people.
    Downside is that he might bring Peter Mandelson along with him

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  • Ant

    Jan 10, 2008 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #20

    Ha ha, indian toon. I’d LOVE to see Terry Mcdermott step in. I don’t know a single fan who doesn’t love him and as for not having any official experience, as the assistant to Kevin Keegan, and the man who saved Grahan Souness’ job by coming in, surely should have something up his sleeve. Imagine rekindling the Keegan fire…But, oh how I dream.

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  • Olly

    Jan 10, 2008 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #21

    Please please please let it not be harry or hughes.

    JOSE FOR THE TOON

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  • Dragoner

    Jan 10, 2008 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #22

    Our board are idiots

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  • Edd Case

    Jan 10, 2008 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #23

    Jose is a Geordie, Jose is a Geordie, la, la, la, la…

    Sounds good to me.

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  • steve

    Jan 10, 2008 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #24

    @Dragoner – lets wait until they name a successor, it’s the media who are idiots, they’re pulling names out of a hat because our board are going through proper channels to recruit our new manager rather than spouting off to the press.

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  • Hadrian

    Jan 10, 2008 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #25

    reports from the club say we will not be announcing anything today .
    this is a shambles really , the longer the silence the longer us fan’s have to read the slander about us in the press.

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  • lee

    Jan 10, 2008 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #26

    why the day b4 the stoke game would you come out and give him ur backing then sign 2 players(baheng n tozer) then sack him. i think the only real choices should be out of vangaal scolari hoddink hitzfeld klinnsman n if he would come though he probably wouldnt marcello lippi though lets be honest it will be mark hughes as he is the only realistic name left in the hat as muke ashley has said it will be british
    oh and hobs is a dikk head

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  • ObaFan2

    Jan 10, 2008 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #27

    Blair ain’t a geordie, as far as I know he was born in Edinburgh.

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  • Graham

    Jan 10, 2008 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #28

    Ed – you have gone from – “new manager to be announced today” to being worried to it being a huge mistake! Calm down man – ive a feeling its gonna be a good few days for us!

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  • steve

    Jan 10, 2008 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #29

    lee – I don’t think Sam had much say in youngsters signing, prob more Morts and backroom staff decision as they are never going to be featuring for the first team for a while yet.

    Most Sam probably did was to agree that getting a load of talented kids in that he could have a look at over the next year was a good idea

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  • steve

    Jan 10, 2008 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #30

    @Graham – I agree, reckon it’ll be Monday at the earliest when he’s installed, though he might be at the Man Utd game on Sat

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  • shearyadi

    Jan 10, 2008 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #31

    Without Allardyce around, the “pressure” is now at Newcastle’s boards?

    It seems the word “pressure” would be chosen as the “word of the year” at Tyneside.

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  • Steeley

    Jan 10, 2008 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #32

    I think the club will be preparing at least a statement at the moment – they cant leave us all hanging on like this….we’ll all go crackers!

    Anyone like the look of Thomas Schaaf from Werder Bremen – he’s never played for or managed anyone other that Bremen, but he’s doing bloody well at the minute (level with Bayern at the top of the Bundeslige) and in recent years he’s won it before with them (and has won cups). He’s consistenly (3 years at least) got the club into the Champ League as well!

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  • Callum

    Jan 10, 2008 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #33

    I dont think it’ll be Sven as much as i’d like it to be him, I also dont think Mourinho would join us but I await a shock hopefully 😉

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  • ObaFan2

    Jan 10, 2008 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #34

    The longer it takes to put someone in position the more of this transfer window we lose.

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  • James

    Jan 10, 2008 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #35

    Guys what you have got to remember it is someone who Ashley knows about and trusts. Hence the decision yesterday. It is a big name in football.

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  • geordie taipei

    Jan 10, 2008 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #36

    Whoever said not knowing what they up to driving us bonkers is right ! And as for George bush as manager……if the oppotion team doesnt turn up cos they in Guantanamo…do we still get 3 points ! L. In all seriousness, i am totally clueless to who they could want or who they even think they can get at the minute ????? i mean really who is out there that has the skills that we need??????

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  • Magpie Neil

    Jan 10, 2008 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #37

    If the FA couldnt find a good british manager then we should start looking abroad ourselves. Remember the FA spoke to all the big names for advice and then decided on Capello.

    Lippi would be my choice!

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  • Magjp

    Jan 10, 2008 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #38

    scolari, deschamps, jol,

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  • mark

    Jan 10, 2008 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #39

    Mourinho, Lippi, Hiddink, Scolari…but they said British

    so come on down Arry you legend with his twitch. hes another one though who sends out people to talk to the beeb.

    wrong move to sack sam now like, whats the new boss going to do? we need a world class boss and ashleys billions if were gonna get up ‘top now.

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  • Hadrian

    Jan 10, 2008 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #40

    chron is saying the club are implying the target is already in a job .

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