What Every Newcastle Fan Should Know


Here’s some good information the Newcastle Evening Chronicle have got from a source close to the Newcastle Board of Directors, and every Newcastle United fan, who wants to be cheered up should read it. 😀

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Chris Mort – Thinks – how do we get entertaining football at the club?

Why? Because the board wants Newcastle United to be trying to win every single game with attacking and entertaining football. What a concept.

That source told the Chronicle today:

“The current board lost patience with Sam due to his unwillingness to play a more attractive brand of football.” The manager only seemed to want to win ugly.”

“While nobody minds the team winning ugly now and again, nobody at club wanted that every week.” “However, at the minute they felt they were losing ugly.”

“They had tried to keep the pressure off Sam by being supportive and coming out in public to back him, but felt enough is enough.”

“The board was willing to find new players, but it was always a doubt whether they would be signed under Sam.” “They speak to players here a lot of the time and they are not happy with the style of play.”

Meanwhile, the talk coming from the dressing room was presumably one of discontent. But we’ve heard this before, and that’s certainly not what the players had been telling the press, during Sam’s short reign. The same was said about the dressing room when Glenn Roeder left, but we’re a bit skeptical about this always being the case when our managers get sacked.

Speaking on what the players thought, the insider added:

“It is not what they are used to.” While it is probably successful at other clubs, it is not working there.”

“The players want to play a more attacking style of football.” “They are perfectly entitled to feel that way because many of them have played in the Champions League.”

“It is not about losing to teams like Manchester United.” “Newcastle United should be trying to win every game.”

“The problem has been they have been losing to Wigan Athletic, Portsmouth and Derby. Newcastle will be making additions to the squad during the January transfer window.”

That’s almost exactly what the fans’ complaint has been, about Big Sam. So it looks to us like the Newcastle Board know what they want – and that’s exactly what the fans want. Hey – good times may really be ahead after all. Hope so. 😀

The other thing that should cheer us all up is that Mike Ashley is a very successful businessman and he usually gets what he wants.

That’s great, because he wants his team, Newcastle United to be very successful.

Comments welcome.


110 comments so far

  • TER

    Jan 10, 2008 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #1

    I hope this is very true and they bring in someone who can get the flare rolling at St. James again. That cuts the list of potential managers down a bit doesn’t it?

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  • Pete

    Jan 10, 2008 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #2

    No news on the manager then, or is it Mike Ashely as the manager, Mort as the Assistant……

    Abramovich interfered too much, hope we are not going the same route

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  • Graham

    Jan 10, 2008 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #3

    The first thing our new manager needs to do is to get “the source” by the short and curlies and hang him by them from the Tyne Bridge!

    No wonder the media have a go at us – someone cant help from opening their mouth. This has gone on for years and has got to stop.

    Even so – if they know what we’re after they’ll be on the phone to a unemployed Portugese bloke at the minute…

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jan 10, 2008 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #4

    Pete – all the reports are saying it’s either Redknapp or Hughes – a little disappointing – but I’d take Hughes given the choice.
    At last he seems to know what he’s doing – but he would still need time at Newcastle – just like Sam – but he plays more attacking and good football.

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  • Midjew

    Jan 10, 2008 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #5

    Sky Sports News JUST said Blackburn say there has been NO approach for Mark Hughes.

    Hmmmm..

    …you presume that a manager has already been sorted so maybe no Mark or Harry.

    well i guess someone could be lying!

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jan 10, 2008 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #6

    TER – same here 😀

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  • Beardsley's Love Child

    Jan 10, 2008 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #7

    Let’s play a game:

    Which league is known for the most passionate, fickle, opinionated fans who are born with ridiculous expectations, demand for attractive football and overly grandiose sense of selves and clubs?

    Which league breeds autocratic managers with short term success timeframes, thick skins, immense egos and who can handle the expectations of fans, owners and a hyper critical media that examines them like mono cellular organisms and who bays for their heads when they fail?

    Which league embraces ruthless owners who control nearly every aspect of life their clubs, making decisions and dumping money like they are playing FIFA Manager 2008 and Grand Theft Auto at the same time while balancing the financial success of their “vision” in the face of a rabid fan base and fickle, critical media?

    Why Italian Serie “A” of course.

    NUFC is more Italian than English. Hence an Italian Gaffer, or one that has put up with the chaotic insanity of Serie A with success, would fit wonderfully.

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  • Pete

    Jan 10, 2008 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #8

    Dear lord, I need some news on the new manager. Give me anything… I just cannot believe we haven’t got someone lined up

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  • Leo

    Jan 10, 2008 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #9

    suaulyy is that a real word? or a typo ed?

    the newspaper obviously cut and paste alot of them quotes to make it look and read they way they wanted it…. read it again and see for youself. at the end of some of the sentences it makes no sence, as though something has been cut off…. anyone agree?

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  • Graham

    Jan 10, 2008 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #10

    Ed – I simply refuse to believe that we had got rid of Allardyce for the Redknapps and Hughes’s of this world – it just doesn’t make sense.

    It happend so quickly someone must have become available who was too good to turn down.

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  • Toon Al

    Jan 10, 2008 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #11

    i miss the chronicle… its hardly ever tht good, but i dont get many papers here which cover toon everyday, nd its a nice break from the pc screen haha

    i need to find out something soon, or im gonna go mental

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  • Pete

    Jan 10, 2008 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #12

    Ed, Hughs too much like SA imo

    Redknapp would be my first choice. A fantastic manager.

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  • simon

    Jan 10, 2008 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #13

    I totally agree with you Graham, my first thoughts are whoever they had targeted had thought about it and come back with a yes I’ll take the job response yesterday which meant they could call time on Sam. I am hoping the name on the managers door will be a world class one, fingers crossed we’ve had enough dross, let the good times role again.

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  • Pete

    Jan 10, 2008 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #14

    Why is everyone so anti ‘Arry, he is absoulutly amazing as a manager.

    Tactical genius
    Motivator
    Shrewd on the transfer

    He ticks all the boxes…

    The only problem is that it will probably be bad PR that he won’t talk to the BBC

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  • Edd Case

    Jan 10, 2008 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #15

    Ashleys best mate, forget his name, that Spurs person, said that Ashley “will give the fans what they want” or very similar words.

    Well, seemingly, the majority of fans want Jose Mourinho, Mike…

    Over to you.

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  • Graham

    Jan 10, 2008 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #16

    Pete – please no! yes he’s done great at Portsmouth – possibly taken them as far as they can go. Just like Allardyce done with Bolton, but this is a massive step up.

    Yes Portmouth are better than us this (and last) season, but in order for the fans to show patience we need a big a manager as we can get.

    Dont like the look of this though – Keegans odds are getting shorter by the hour…

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  • Dragoner

    Jan 10, 2008 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #17

    Graham your post has given me hope 🙂

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  • Chris F

    Jan 10, 2008 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #18

    this ‘source’ wasn’t quoted in an Alan Oliver article by any chance, was it?

    if it was, then the ‘source’ will most likely be his own backside, as that’s where he gets most of his stories.

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  • ToonKing

    Jan 10, 2008 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #19

    this really cuts the list…….. who remain ??

    Van Gaal, Pellegrini, Hiddink , Riijkard come to think of it they are pretty few and far between these attacking managers in the modern footballing world.

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  • Bryan

    Jan 10, 2008 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #20

    Can anyone tell what this CPU thing is that keeps popping into this site? and why its happening?

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  • Ian B

    Jan 10, 2008 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #21

    Graham – I wouldn’t scoff at the “Redknapps of this world”.

    Apart from the fact that Portsmouth roundly trounced us playing good attacking football with resources far smaller than ours; Redknapp has a great track record.

    Even before he took over Portsmouth, I saw a report from someone where they did a statistical analysis of what happends when clubs change manager mid-season. What they found was that it makes no difference. The new manager does no better than the old manager – with one exception – Harry Redknapp. He was th eonly manager who managed to make an instant major difference – and he’s done it at multiple clubs.

    Ian

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  • Pete

    Jan 10, 2008 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #22

    Keegans odds are coming in, ‘Arrys are starting to drift (1.9 now)…

    ‘Arry is a top manager… Mourinho wins ugly… exactly the same as Sam.

    Keegan/Shearer are already gods, wouldn’t want to sabotage that

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 10, 2008 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #23

    Trappottoni – He would be immense, but hes too old.

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  • Obafan

    Jan 10, 2008 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #24

    Midjew – Where is the link for the article that Rovers / Hughes is not been contacted? I like it though, cause Hughes is a SA type..

    I also believe that the manager will be a big name, as MA is a businessman who wants the job been done properly and he will have a yes by now from his man.

    Just don’t understand why everything takes so long???

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  • Edd Case

    Jan 10, 2008 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #25

    Pete – It IS NOT GOING TO BE ‘ARRY ‘BUNG’ REDKNAPP.

    Ashley has been in with the fans for months, he knows what we want and if he has any pride in himself being the best etc etc – he’ll only want a WORLD CLASS manager who really shows the world that he means business.

    Mort and others said we might get a signing (player) in the summer to show the world that Mike meant business but clearly, Mike didn’t trust Fat Sam – now he’s gone, someone else who is Ashley’s appointment, can come in and we may well start seeing BIG, BIG signings at this club…

    It has to be Jose Mourinho as he is the best who’s available.

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  • Pete

    Jan 10, 2008 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #26

    sports rumours sweeping north east that harry redknapp has arrived at newcastle airport

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  • Midjew

    Jan 10, 2008 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #27

    Obafan – Was announced about 10 Mins ago on skysports news on TV.

    Havent talked about that since, but they have mentioned it a couple of times.

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  • ObaFan2

    Jan 10, 2008 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #28

    I’m not a Redknapp fan cos I remember him slagging the Toon off a few years ago and he’s implicated in the bung row and he’s just dodgy IMO.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 10, 2008 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #29

    pete your starting to fk me off, your probably one of the very small minoirty that want redknapp.

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  • Tom Cairns

    Jan 10, 2008 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #30

    Harry has not done anything, he has kept a couple of clubs in the prem, is famous for being ‘shrewd’ in the transfer market when in actual fact just buys loads and occasionally a few of them actually turn out okay. does he not remind anyone else of just a dodgy car salesman. no where near the level of manager we need here. thank god he’s staying on the south coast.

    hughes looks like he could mature into a good manager but yet again has not proven anything and we cant take anymore gambles with this club.

    the only problem comes if the actual level of manager we need for us to be successful wont come.

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  • Midjew

    Jan 10, 2008 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #31

    Not sure whats gonna happen and that is SO annoying, just wanna know who they have lined up and when is he gonna take over?

    I Bet we wont hear till AFTER the Man Utd game.

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  • Graham

    Jan 10, 2008 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #32

    Im on my way to Newcastle Airport now to sabotage that wrinkly cockney barrow boy!

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  • STEWY

    Jan 10, 2008 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #33

    can we not have keagen and shearer as his number two learning the ropes

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  • Midjew

    Jan 10, 2008 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #34

    I JUST dont see the point in gettin harry redknapp or mark hughes cos if we do WHY get rid of Big Sam.

    There basically the same and it just seems stupid cos we will have to fork out 5m and we will end up with same kind of manager. SO this leaves me to believe that AS THEY ARE GOOD BUSINESS MEN they have sorted out a BRILL manager thus they dont mind paying off big sam.

    Come on MA and CM, lets get a world class manager.

    On Goal.com there is lots of news that bayern are tryin to replace Hitzfeld with Murinho, rickard or hiidick.

    IF this is true then we could get Hitzfeld.

    What do u think??????

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  • BrettToon

    Jan 10, 2008 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #35

    Pete is obsessed with ‘Arry

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  • Graham

    Jan 10, 2008 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #36

    Midjew – I couldn’t take it if we didnt here anything till next week – I work from home in Newcastle and ive done bot all today! same tomorrow if nothing happens

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  • Richard

    Jan 10, 2008 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #37

    How about Thomas Schaaf of Werder Bremen? One of the most attacking teams in Europe.. Maybe he could bring Diego with him as well and give us some much needed creativity..

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  • Big Gaz

    Jan 10, 2008 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #38

    Redknapp NNNOOOOOOOOOOOO ! !
    Huges NNNOOOOOOOOOOOO ! !

    My mate’s mother who knows a bloke at the casino who looks after the coats said they heard Sir Bobby on his mobile to a bloke who sounded like he was from Portugal. Bobby was saying that The Pig and Whistle in the Bigg market had had new lino put down and new duct tape on the chairs and it was always full of lasses. The bloke from Portugal sounded impressed. You just never know ; – )

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  • Michael Awin

    Jan 10, 2008 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #39

    We must get Hitzfeld or Mourinho, they are world class PROVEN winners, a true statement to the rest of the country and the only two names i would be happy with.

    Anything else is a step sideways and total waste of time.

    Keegan is no miracle worker please people stop being fickle and having pipe dreams about making us decent again, for Shearer its too early and would ruin his heroic status if things went wrong.

    end of story.

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  • Leo

    Jan 10, 2008 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #40

    i see what you mean, redknapp does look like a dodgy car dealer. as did sam look like a painter and decorator

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