Poll – Vote For Next Newcastle Manager

We have launshed a poll for who should be the next Newcastle Manager at the request of some of our readers.


UPDATEWe have now put in an additional poll – so we have two separate polls. Each poll was limited to 7 candidates unfortunately.

For first time voters – choose only one manager from either poll. For those of you who already voted in the first poll, but now see another manager you would have preferred – vote for him also.

Then at least we’ll get an idea who the top choices are – thanks.

We have listed the poll to the right in the first column and have included most of the top candidates. We have not included Mark Hughes or Harry Redknapp but have tried to list world class managers who would be acceptable to the Geordie Faithful. We’ve listed Alan Shearer just to see how much support he would really have.

This will also give some hint to the Newcastle board on who the fans will be expecting as the new manager at Newcastle, and the likes of Steve McClaren will just not be good enough.

Please vote now and it should be interesting to see the choice of the fans.

111 comments so far

  • Howie

    Jan 10, 2008 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #1

    i voted hiddink instead of jose simply cos i just can see hiddink taking over more than mourinho

  • Ed Harrison

    Jan 10, 2008 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #2

    I voted for Jose – hope springs eternal – please come Jose 😀

  • Ed Harrison

    Jan 10, 2008 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #3

    The fact we are talking about Hiddink and Mourinho is good – hope Chris isn’t choosing between McClaren and Hughes 🙁

  • Chris C.

    Jan 10, 2008 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #4

    fancy Newcastle being the next most hatred team among the Premiership teams – Jose Mourinho =)

  • Pete

    Jan 10, 2008 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #5


  • Pete

    Jan 10, 2008 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #6

    Does everyone realise that Jose plays ugly football?

    Something that Sam was criticised for…

  • James

    Jan 10, 2008 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #7

    Howie – I guarantee you its not Hiddink. Roman couldn’t convince him to come to Chelsea after Jose. He will stay in charge of the Russians for the Euros.

    Its somebody that is currently available.

  • Hadrian

    Jan 10, 2008 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #8

    no keegan 😀 ?

  • Graeme

    Jan 10, 2008 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #9

    Jose would be a dream. Has Ashley got the balls to employ him though, knowing that he would expect to be challenging for the Title and then the Champions League.

    Whatever they decide, it will be a statement of their intent for the future of OUR club. They have no choice but to get it right first time.

  • Kevin Hann

    Jan 10, 2008 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #10

    You didn’t include Kevin Keegan, so I have no one to vote. You can’t check the fans’ wishes by offering them a shortlist of the managers YOU think are good enough. This way voting gets manipulated unconsciously. I will not vote, because I would have to do it for my second best choice. Oh, wait, he is not there either (Louis van Gaal, that’s not a big enough name either, I guess!)

  • Rich

    Jan 10, 2008 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #11

    errr. some of those names are very strang you have picked Ed.

    Sven? no ones even uttered his name.

    im not sure how long you have been a Toon Fan Ed, but ever since we sacked Keegan a following which has grown over 15 years has constantly called for Ottmar Hitzfeld to be appointed our manager, he is perfect. Look where Bayern Munich where before he was appointed manager (first time round) they were in the same state of play as us, perenial under-achievers with players with lots of skill but just not working together, 2 seasons later they got into the champions league, winning the Bundesliega and domestic cups.

    took Munich to the CL final where they got wooped by Man Utd, but the famous speech Hitfeld gave to the dressing room afterwards:

    ‘Dont worry lads, mark my words we will win the CL next year’

    which they did.

    OTMMAR HITZELD LEGEND, this is the SEVENTH consecutive time i have wished for him to be signed by us… maybe one day.

    and i cant believe you put Sven, Scolari & Lippi in ahead of him. madness.

    Also not sure if you know but his contract is up at the end of the season and said he wants a new challenge, we could buy him out for penuts.

    P.s. i keep on typing comments only to be told your CPU quota has been exceeded and loose everything.

    bloody annoying.

  • steve

    Jan 10, 2008 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #12

    @Pete – If Sam had won playing ugly then the doubters would stayed off his back as per the early games,
    Difference with Jose is that whilst he doesn’t play alll out attacking football ala Arsenal he does get his teams playing decent football and they rarely lose

    Saying that I voted for Hiddink although I would have actually went for Hitzfeld if given the choice

  • gaz

    Jan 10, 2008 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #13

    HOPE ITS MOURINHO but probably not hope to god its not McClaren

  • broon ale

    Jan 10, 2008 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #14

    Gerrard Houlier all the way

  • Steeley

    Jan 10, 2008 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #15

    Kevin, Rich – agreed! Ed, there’s a hell of a lot of contenders you have missed from the list! Whether you think they’ll not get the job or not, I thought the poll was to see who the fans WANT….you need to add Hughes, Redknapp, Keegan, Hitzfeld, Houllier…McDermott?? lol

    Can you amend your poll, or will you have to create another article to replace this one??

  • James

    Jan 10, 2008 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #16

    The Top 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.

    11. Hiddink – Roman couldn’t convince him to come to Chelsea after Jose despite all his millions. Will stay in charge of the national team for the Euros. Then possibly to Chelsea afterwards. No chance of coming to Newcastle.

    12. Scolari – Ashley won’t know enough about his club abilities to trust him with his £200 million pound investment. Very slim.

  • Howie

    Jan 10, 2008 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #17

    mourinho didnt play good football but has won trophies and is proven. im still fuming over sam but i suppose i better forget about that. no way to houlier. hes unbelievably boring and bought hopelessly at liverpool

  • nightfall

    Jan 10, 2008 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #18

    so..we all want mourinho..ashley if you sign him we’ll finally be UNITED 🙂

    oh as for ranieri..valencia sacked him ‘cos players said in the interview they were not prepairing for any of the opponent..they said they didn’t know what to do…

    and as for mourinho…he wouldn’t have spent so much…richest clubs must spent way more on a player than not so rich clubs…and mourinho didn’t have many stars…he made: lampard, drogba, cech, carvalho,…remember he didn’t buy starts (players form porto), he made them… abramovic made horrbile decision by bringing sheva to the club…’cos of this mourinho had to start to play with 2 strikers

    he used to play (before sheva):
    ferreira terry carvalho gallas(at the time)
    makelele essien
    cole lampard robben (duff, SWP as sub)

    but then he suddenly had to make room for sheva…wtf?! would he put drogba to the bench?! of course he had a fight with roman… that summer before sheva came mourinho signed bulahrouz (sorry for spelling) and gave him no.9…why would he do that if he “wanted” sheva?! mourinho is the best…i just hope if we get him noone will interfear with his work… i just hope ashely found a way to get him…

    cheers 😉

  • ToonKing

    Jan 10, 2008 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #19

    Lippi for me.

  • iain

    Jan 10, 2008 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #20

    lippi – hes unemplyed so sams sacking cost us less. more money for players.

    hes argubly the most sucesfull manager in the world right now having won every trophy you would deam important. italian league, champions league, world cup.

    how would players not respect the last man to win the world cup. you would have players queing to play for him.

    hes managed big clubs. hes mild mannered, good with the press, hes not mad like mourinho, hes not in trouble with the police like hiddink for not paying his taxes.

  • Bosck

    Jan 10, 2008 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #21

    from that list mourinho, or not on that list hitzfeld…. or actually come to think of it yeah lippi would be good, so any of those 3 and i’m more than happy

  • iain

    Jan 10, 2008 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #22

    lippi has won…

    With Juventus F.C.:

    5 Italian League Championships
    1994/95, 1996/97, 1997/98, 2001/02, 2002/03
    1 Coppa Italia
    Runners up: 2001/02, 2003/04
    4 Italian Supercups
    1995/96, 1997/98, 2002/03, 2003/04
    Runners up: 1998/99
    1 European Cup
    Runners up: 1996/97, 1997/98, 2002/03
    UEFA Cup
    Runners up: 1994/95
    1 European Supercup
    1 Intercontinental Cup
    With Internazionale F.C.:

    Coppa Italia
    Runners up: 1999/00
    With the Italian national team:

    1 FIFA World Cup

    not to metion getting napoli into the uefa cup. which was an acheivment in itself at the time.

  • Zx

    Jan 10, 2008 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #23

    I think Lippi and Mourinho are both eyeing the hotseat at Milan.

  • Pete

    Jan 10, 2008 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #24


  • iain

    Jan 10, 2008 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #25

    from what ive read from foriegn press, seen on sky etc. its a done deal that mourinho will manage ac milan next season.

    ancelloti will go to bayern munich as well as hitzfelds replacement.

  • Greg B

    Jan 10, 2008 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #26

    I think a few of you (not just on this thread) are being a bit harsh on Ed.
    Fair enough, there are certain things we dont all agree on (next manager, should Allardyce have got longer, etc) but this is a ‘friendly’, free, open forum. There are few written rules but one thing that has stood out over the last 24 hours is how rude and arrogant some people have come across.
    Ed has this site up and running free of charge, and of course we all agree with freedom of speech but come on, lets at least be polite about issues like the site going down, Ed’s choice of topics etc.
    Im not singling anyone out, but come on, we all want whats best for Newcastle at the end of the day.


    ps. My ideal pick would be Mourinho but in reality id be right behind any decision to bring in Shearer and/or Keegan. Not a fan of Redknapp although he has done a good job down there and would be furious if the went for McClaren or Hughes.

  • James

    Jan 10, 2008 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #27

    I’m sure if it is Lippi, Mourinho, or Hitzfield, none of us would be complaining and completely understand why Mike felt the need to secure his man now and not wait till the summer.

  • James

    Jan 10, 2008 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #28

    Greg B – good point about Ed. If it wasn’t for him we wouldn’t have this great blog to give our opinions about.

    You’re a legend Ed.

  • Obafan

    Jan 10, 2008 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #29

    I voted for Jose, just above Lippi. I hope it is one of those 2. If not then get Hiddink or Houllier.

    Like many of you said, the next manager will be a big name IMO, cause otherwise they would have kept SA till the end of the season.

    When o when will we hear something from our board 😉 ???

  • ChrisM

    Jan 10, 2008 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #30





  • Steeley

    Jan 10, 2008 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #31

    Ed – take note. The following is a commentary from nufc.com….all of the topics covered in one piece (rather than 100 different articles) and it’s also very unbiased but to the point.

    I though it made great (sobering) reading..

    “One should never be surprised by anything that happens on Barrack Road, save for the appearance of an open top bus carrying a trophy festooned in black & white ribbons.

    However we are struggling to recall when we last parted company with a manager whose name was sung in what proved to be his final game in charge. Keegan, probably.

    It’s important though to place on record the profound depression and disillusionment that had set in amongst many of our hard-core supporters – and we’re not talking about message board jockeys or serial 606 texters here.

    Fans known to us for many years were dropping by the wayside, or even contemplating packing in and/or picking their games.

    When that sort of indifference starts to become the norm, alarm bells start ringing – empty seats don’t cheer or boo.

    Many of those people were still there on Sunday though, still supporting their team – and cheering for Allardyce.

    That’s what we do. We’re not political to the same extent as the fans of some other teams – we can’t even organise a supporters club.

    The Boxing Day defeat at Wigan saw the infamous “we’re shit and we’re sick of it” chant, but for every fan joining in with that, others bit their lips or abandoned hope and refused to return while we remain a football-free zone.

    Forget all of this twaddle about pressure and expectation: no slack-jawed ex-player or self-important rag writer can tell those people travelling the length of the country to be patient in the face of what they are seeing.

    Winning at Fulham, drawing against Derby, losing at Wigan – all unwatchable, regardless of the final score.

    Allardyce hasn’t gone purely because of results, but because of the lifeless performances – in common parlance he seemed to have lost the dressing room, if he ever had it – Butt’s “United we stand” comments notwithstanding.

    The issue that vexes us is why dump him now – why not after Wigan?

    Is there a semblance of a plan? A change in circumstance with our preferred candidate in the last few hours?

    Can it really be as simple as Ashley being booked to go away on his jollies and returning to see that excuse for a performance from behind the goal on Sunday?

    Or is this an off-the-cuff decision, a whim of the type that has seen Ashley attract criticism from the stock market community for his unpredictability in business dealings?

    Those experts wittering on about the great managers being given time elsewhere that they wouldn’t get on Tyneside conveniently ignore the sheer unadulterated bloody rubbish that has been served up by his players – not to mention the holes in his squad last Sunday.

    While Milner was genuinely ill and Carr lacking match fitness, suspicions remain that others made themselves unavailable, including some of the African Nations-bound contingent. Shola of course will be gutted by Sam going.

    Opinion will remain divided on whether Allardyce would have “got it right” eventually – or we’d have sunk still further away from the business end of the table.

    But this isn’t Ebbsfleet United, someone ultimately has to the run the damn thing and take major decisions, unless we appoint Simon Cowell and turn the whole thing into a premium rate phoneline extravaganza…..

    For Mort and Ashley this is the point that they draw a line under their first seven months, having overseen much positive change off the field.

    However they have watched their initial policy of leaving the previously-appointed man in post undo some of that good work by providing sub-standard product to sell.

    Another link with the previous administration is severed then – and it’s the last major one.

    Whoever takes the job now has a fantastic opportunity to rewrite history – whilst trying to succeed where a galaxy of familiar footballing names have ultimately failed.

    It’s a sad fact that the identity of our new manager will at least partly dictate how much rope he’s given by the press – both national and local.

    On a positive note though, he’ll probably speak to the BBC, an ongoing issue which overshadowed the whole of the Allardyce administration – certainly the regular appearances of Nigel Pearson did Sam no favours.

    Another element that has to be faced is the Barton situation – that could of course be taken from the new man’s burden by being resolved before he’s appointed.

    Is this mob rule?

    If so, who in their right mind would take this club on – knowing as they do that their future rests on the whim of a volatile crowd.

    As Allardyce himself said though, it’s a results business and the performances of the Newcastle players have ultimately put Ashley and Mort in a place where they even considered a change of manager.

    Underachieving on an epic scale – that could be our motto.”

  • Edd Case

    Jan 10, 2008 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #32

    All United would hint at today was that they are looking for an experienced manager who is with a club, and this rules out the likes of Martin Jol, Jose Mourinho, Marcello Lippi and Ottmar Hitzfeld.

    Thats from Anal Olivers latest cack on the Chronicle website…

  • James

    Jan 10, 2008 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #33

    I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if it is Sven.

  • Micky Toon

    Jan 10, 2008 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #34

    Jose cannot sign for another club until the summer, it was a clause put in when he left Cheal$ki, so unless we already have an agreement in principle with him, we cannot wait in the hope that he won’t join Barca.
    Has everyone forgotten how poor Keegan did with Fulham, Man City and England? Keegan is not a good tactical manager. Keegan managed like a fan. He put out his best Championship Manager style team and hoped they were good enough. Most of the time they were. But when it went wrong you could see there was nothing he could do to change it around. Jose is a master tachtician who learned his trade from one of the best, Sir Bobby. Jose still has a lot of time for Wor Bobby, so perhaps Bobby could get on the blower and persuade Jose to managed NUFC the same way as he pursuaded him to join him at Barca.

    I’ve voted for Hiddink, although Houlier or Lippi would also be fine by me. The reson I didn’t vote for Jose, although he would be my choice is purely down to the facts I’ve outlined above.

  • Obafan

    Jan 10, 2008 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #35

    James – Why would he leave Man CIty, with a board that supports him 200%???

  • AndrewC

    Jan 10, 2008 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #36

    The only way to stir the passions and satisfy us geordies is by installing a manager who understands fully what it means to be a NEWCASTLE manager. Only Keegan and Sir Bobby had that qualification and that is the main reason they had an extended tenure at the club. I would love to see keegan as manager with shearer as his assistant/coach. If not this then Mourhino would be my second choice!!

    Bring back excitement to Newcastle because under BSA all we had was players playing out of position and under motivated due to lack of direction/tactics.

  • Brian

    Jan 10, 2008 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #37

    I would have voted for Hitzfeld

  • Edd Case

    Jan 10, 2008 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #38
  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 10, 2008 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #39

    Ed – None of them, add Hitzfeld and van Gaal, thats who most of us want!

  • Blanchy

    Jan 10, 2008 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #40

    I just hope to God its not McClaren. I have heard a nasty rumour they have had talks with him already. Please no!
    Hitzfeld for me as Capello has gone. Please toon board sort it out once and for all.


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