There have been a few hints put out last night, about who the new manager will be at Newcastle United, but if Chris Mort and owner Mike Ashley have done their jobs well, we expect the new manager appointment to be announced today.
Chris Mort – OK we just sacked Big Sam – now what – thinks?
The first hint that was put out was that it would be British manager. That sounds a little strange, because if he was English they would have said that â€“ so we immediately thought it may be Mark Hughes of Blackburn.
But that also meant it couldn’t be two of our favorites â€“ Jose Mourinho or Sven Eriksson.
Then Alan Shearer, who’s smarter than a lot of people realize, let it be known through friends that it would not be him, because he was happy with his job at the BBC.
So then a potential nightmare appointment of Steve McClaren was put out â€“ most Geordie supporters were seen to vomit on the spot. He wasn’t successful at Middlesbrough, and was way out of his depth for England. Enough said.
If Sam lasted only last 8 months at Newcastle we’d give McClaren a couple of months at best, and that’s if he performed above his norm. This would be a nightmare appointment for the Newcastle United club, and an absolute nightmare for Newcastle fans.
Then the favorite last night became Harry Redknapp, the Portsmouth and former Soutampton and West Ham manager. But harry has done all his management in the South of England, and we didn’t think he would ever want the Newcastle job, with all it’s stress and hassle. He knows all about what it’s like at Newcastle, and surely this is not for him, at his age.
But Harry seems to be the current favorite. A decent manager, but he’ll still be a disappointment to Newcastle fans, who now expect a world class manager because they sacked Sam in the way they did. Sam was given but 8 months in the job, which will look even more absurd as time goes by.
Initially a 20/1 chance at Hills, Harry’s odds were quickly slashed to an odds-on favorite for the Newcastle manager job. Mark Hughes was the other British manager punters latched on to, and the Blackburn manager was slashed to 7/2 from 25s by bet365 before settling back at 9/2. We think Mark would jump at the Newcastle job.
Shearer’s chances of getting the job seemed to wither further when the BBC reported yesterday that sources close to the former England striker – were saying he was unlikely to succeed Allardyce at Newcastle. Shearer is currently on vacation.
And further reports on Sky Sports News that the club were looking for an â€œexperienced” manager prompted a further cut of Redknapp to just 2/7 with Hills. We think it is far more likely that Mark Hughes will be the appointment. We would have expected better but Mark Hughes would just about be acceptable. He’s certainly a football man who has proved he can manage, but he hasn’t won anything either.
But is this is true we will be very disappointed in the management and planning skills of Ashley and Mort. They should have had the manager already well lined up before taking the amazing action yesterday of sacking Sam Allardyce at this awkward time.
Sam was obviously taken by surprise by the whole thing. We thought the new management would be different than the old â€“ but Sam’s tenure in the job of less than 8 months is the shortest tenure of any new manager for decades. Seems like it’s the same ole same ole – no change at all in other words.
Right now Newcastle fans need to be pleasantly surprised by the new manager appointment, otherwise Mort and Ashley may find a lot of unhappy fans in Newcastle. This thing could even backfire on them, if they don’t show they have planned way ahead for the appointment and show they know what they are doing.
What do you think?Â Who do you think our new manager will be?
We expect for him to be announced tomorrow – so please let us know.
Comments very welcome.