Ashley Readying Huge Package for Redknapp


It’s getting hard to believe, with all the reports flying around, that Harry Redknapp will not be offered the manager job at Newcastle United.

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Mike Ashley – almost certain Harry Redknapp is his first choice

Harry will get a fabulous offer from new owner Mike Ashley who is reported to be willing to offer a top package that will lure Redknapp away from Portsmouth. The reports say the offer will contain a £5M/year wage packet.

Ashley certainly has the money, but already the Newcastle venture has cost the Billionaire a lot more than he had bargained for. However, that doesn’t seem to have quelled the appetite of Ashley to make Newcastle great again. You can’t help but think the passion of Newcastle around football has already taken hold on the successful businessman.

And of course Mike prefers to watch the game from the stands with the supporters, so he’s a real fellow with real passion for the club. That’s some of the good news for the Newcastle faithful.

If Harry Redknapp gets the job there are reports that seem to be jumping the gun, but say he will make a move immediately for Pascal Chimbonda from Spurs. Not sure we need him with Habib Beye looking so good, and of course Newcastle already have a bid of around £5.5M lodged for Arsenal’s 22 year-old Lassana Diarra. And Diarra may be willing to hold off on a decision until he sees who takes over at Newcastle.

Don’t be surprised if we still end of with Lassana at Newcastle since Chris Mort is still negotiating with both Arsenal and the player.

What do you think about all this?

Comments very welcome.


74 comments so far

  • carl

    Jan 11, 2008 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #1

    please not harry, he surely cant be first choice, this kind of money could land us much better, successfull managers

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  • Graeme

    Jan 11, 2008 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #3

    I just hope its completely wrong.

    If this is the extent of MA’s ambition for the club, it sucks. There are so many truely great managers available at the moment so why are we playing in the bargain basement for a non achiever, mid table, used car salesman, whos on bail ffs.

    MA, please tell us this is not true and that you actually have ambitions for the club to match ours!!!!!!

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  • Hadrian

    Jan 11, 2008 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #4

    im sorry , but ashley can shove his redknapps up his arse .
    no way in hell i want anything todo with him.
    this is our show of ambition?
    i think our new owner just likes wheeler dealers and has no intention of ploughing any real money in this club that he cant get a return on.
    redknapp , pfft , this is what we have become?
    u sure its not a smokescreen to let alan finish his holiday in peace?

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  • ToonKing

    Jan 11, 2008 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #5

    terrible terrible….this has turned into a nightmare……amateur night at the St James.

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  • finngeordie

    Jan 11, 2008 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #6

    why replace allardcye with somebody who has achieved the same as if not less than him?
    when will we learn that a foreign coach is needed as there arent any world class british managers?

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  • goalcentre.com

    Jan 11, 2008 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #7

    no other candidates? Only Arry? Boring…

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  • mark

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #8

    Here we go already!! Do you fu…cking morons never learn? You hounded Allardyce out the club, and now your all “oh no we shouldnt have sacked him” Your on Arry’s back already!! Yeah, there is much better managers out in the world at the minute, but who said they want to come??? Get real, and get off his back you planks.

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  • UTD111

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #9

    Harry will do for me – he’s produced results at smaller clubs like West Ham and Portsmouth – lets see what he can do at a big club

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  • Kevin Hann

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #10

    Ok, let’s try to play this game. Imagine you are Mike Ashley. What would your reasons be to turn to Harry Redknapp and offer him this fairy deal? Try to give me as many as possible, not reasons why you shouldn’t, but why he would. I think we could explain to ourselves how much truth there is in these reports through some brainstorming, fellas, so let’s work together!

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  • Bucks1985

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #11

    OK THEN…

    Reasons for:
    – Experienced manager in the Premiership
    – Very good at acquiring players with Premiership experience and players from abroad who have the physical attributes to cope with the Premier League.
    – Has an array of close contacts, legible or otherwise, that will enable him to buy players quickly and efficiently in the current transfer window and in the summer.
    – Sound tactician who is inclined to play with an attacking ethos…

    Your thoughts?

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  • ToonKing

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #12

    I don’t like ‘Harry but this is some funny shit…:

    http://timesonline.typepad.com/thegame/2008/01/watch-harry-hav.html

    “No wonder he’s in the fookin’ reserves” loool uber-funny.

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  • steve

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #13

    This is pretty pathetic, I was really hoping for a world class manager with a proven track record of winning and we get Harry on a reported 5 million a year – gutted
    I really can’t see how Ashley expects this to lift the fans we may have well stuck with Sam and saved the cash.

    I read Diarra was asking for over 90k a week to come to toon and talks had broken off over his demands

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  • Graeme

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #14

    read it Carl!! Doesnt say much, but does show what a joke we are becoming.

    Ashley surely has higher ambitions than that???

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  • Obafan

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #15

    UTD – That is exactly the same people said of SA, good results with smaller club Bolton, let’s give him a big club, well I’m afraid this could turn out in the same way as under SA; The only thing that can change is that we will play more attacking, but that is that. Can’t see Harry convince the world class players (which are necessary for MA his ambition) to join NUFC… 🙁

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  • Pete

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #16

    Redknapp’s biggest achievement in football management is qualifying for the UEFA cup with West Ham once through Intertoto am I right?
    The rest is just Premier League mediocricy and a brief spell in CCC with Southampton…. You can argue he’s had reasonable success at Portsmouth, but again it’s no better than what Big Sam did at Bolton..
    We obviously haven’t learned our lesson, and now we’re prepared to splash a f***** fortune on a new one that will bring us absolutely nowhere… Not to mention the fact he’s out on bail?!?
    The kind of money mentioned must surely be enough to get a top class foreign manager.. Like Spurs with Ramos

    Gutted

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  • Ausgeordie

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #17

    I think its all rubbish and where people have got these rumours from is anyones guess. All it took was someone saying he was english and bang its ole harry. Apart from the fact he makes me laugh whenever I see him talk it strikes me with the amount of players he has bought recently there can not be a lot of quality left out there that he wants….they are all at pompey. I want guus Hiddink!!!

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  • Graeme

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #18

    Sorry kevin, cant think of a single reason why I would offer that sort of package to HR when there are so many great managers available who would jump at the chance, for that sort of offer.

    Would I get a better return on my investment by employing HR instead of Morhino????? err NO

    Would I get a better return employing him insttead of Lippi??? err NO. Hitzfeld, again NO

    So why the effing hell would I want him at all???

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  • Midjew

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #19

    ATTENTION:

    At Midday there is going to be a Press Conference with Harry Redknapp on Skysports News TV!

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  • Midjew

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #20
  • Kevin Hann

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #21

    Graeme – a simple example – I just saw how he hammered my team on my ground 4-1.

    Not the best reason, vulnerable to criticism, but I asked for reasons why he would do it not why he shouldn’t!

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  • Kash2

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #22

    Right, first of all lets have a look at what he’s done at Portsmouth. He got them up into the EPL and then made them mid-table finishers. They got taken over, he was given money, not loads and loads and he has made them European challengers. He has bought very well, and has not wasted money on very expensive players and let go of them cheaply. His tactics always seem to be spot on, and he has assembled a very very good staff structure underneath him. Not to mention he is the most experienced English manager around and only has about 5 years left of shelf life.

    IMO it’s a shrewd move by MA, calculated as Redknapp will bring the structure BSA was implementing but with more tactical flexibilty and flair.

    HOWEVER, he needs more than £20m to spend. He needs at least £30m with pretty much a whole new midfield and 2 full backs required!

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  • Hadrian

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #23

    ashley and mort think this is a good way to get season ticket holders to renew ? there walking into a PR disaster lining up dirty arry.
    a bloody cockney incharge of the toon? what a mess that would be ,
    my grandad will rip his season ticket up , an he and his croonies have been the backbone of this club for decades .
    honest a cockney or a german and you will lose 90% of our oap’s

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  • Rob Kirton

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #24

    Midjew: Funny no mention of a press conference on Sky sports site and BBC have not said a peep.

    Go figure as they say…..

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  • Kash2

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #25

    So concluding, Harry sorts out structure, eventually brings on Shearer as assistant as he did with Tony Adams. Grooms Shearer in the art of dealing with agents and other stuff. And after 5 years Shearer becomes manager!

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  • Kash2

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #26

    Hadrian, if your so called back bone are going to think like that then they can fook off back to the pits. Newcastle isn’t as backward as it used to be, and there’s plenty of other people open mided enough to still go to St James regardless of who or what is manager! Prick

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  • Kash2

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #27

    Next you’re going to complain about all the coloured people you see in the town or on the quayside. Well i’m coloured, so come and complain to me and you’ll be picking up your teeth you biggot c**t!

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  • toonsteve

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #28

    You lot are tedious. When will you all get it into your thick heads that, much as we want it to be, Newcastle is NOT a big club and it is not an attractive proposition for 1st class managers. It is a mediocre club which is why it will always only attract mediocre managers.

    Why do you all keep mentioning the likes of Lippi, Hitzfeld and Mourinho. Fact…that will NEVER happen. Fact…the best continental managers are NOT interested in managing Newcastle no matter how much money is on offer. They want to manage teams with a realistic prospect of challenging for domestic honours in the country they manage in and that CANNOT happen at Newcastle until a manager is given years, rather than months, to build the right infrastructure.; the top four are simply too far ahead of Newcastle at the miniute.

    Keep in mind, while you keep blithering on about Newcastle being a big club, that Bolton were well above us in the league when Allardyce joined and Portsmouth are streets ahead of us today.

    Until toon fans have a reality check and understand the immediate limitations the club has, any new mamnager will be under too much pressure to make a success of the job.

    I’m getting tired of supporting the toon and it is not because of managers, it is because of the idiot fans.

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  • Kash2

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #29

    Next you’re going to complain about all the coloured people you see in the town or on the quayside. Well i’m coloured, so come and complain to me and you’ll be picking up your teeth you biggot idiot!

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  • Dragoner

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #30

    Hadrian im sure it wont be that bad mate. There are loads of foreign players etc so i am sure a cockney manager aint that bad. Anyway, why would they hate a cockney, but support a foreign manager, which everyone on here is calling for?

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  • Hadrian

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #31

    lol kash , typical mentality .
    my grandad would go nuts about that aswell yeah , he fought world wars for this country and im not about to call him up on his political correctness .
    im a child of a different generation , the only thing that gets on my tits is anyone of color playing on the whole racist nonsense , half my friends are black , so go wind your neck in .

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  • Midjew

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #32

    Rob Kirton – Well watch skysports at noon and you will see it cos they keep saying on Skysports news TV

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  • Black Caesar

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #33

    And where exactly is Chris Mort in all of this? Has he been sidelined by Ashley’s pal from Totenham? The situation we find ourselves in now is an absolute disgrace!!!

    But then again its Ashley’s own money and if he is in such a stupid mood to waste his money god luck to him. Redknapp will be run out of the toon by the fans the same way Allardyce was – He will be gone within 10 games of next season.

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  • Dragoner

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #34

    kash2 lets not turn it into a race war, by the way, if you are of ethnic origin then dont you feel it’s a little bit degrading to refer to yourself as “coloured”. I only say this because i am Afro-Caribbean and i would never refer to myself as ‘”coloured”

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  • Graeme

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #35

    Kevin, he will do it for the money, simple as that.

    However for that sort of money, is he the best manager available??? The answer has to be a resounding NO, he isnt.

    So, if we have ambitions beyond the mediocre, why employ him??

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  • adamjd2

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #36

    LOL….NUFC is officiailly a laughing stock. Point proven…..owners need to stay the hell out of coaching and give managers time. Rednapp is a mistake. I gurantee Ashely & Mort sell Newcastle within a year and the cycle starts all over again. The article by Martin Oneil in soccerNet is perfect. LOL…Rednapp is the BEST Ashley & Mort can come up with!!!! Unbelievable!!! They just want a puppet….those power hungry F’in (you fill in th blank)

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  • Dragoner

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #37

    Lets…..just…..give……him…..a…..chance

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  • adamjd2

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #38

    SA should have been given a chance.

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  • Jimmie

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #39

    The headlines are getting more and more scary, Redknapp in for talks?? Really hope that Ashley stays in the directors box and not in the stands if them are true cause I dont think he will be popular with the fans for much longer..

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  • RobNUFC

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #40

    oh dear oh dear….what is happening.
    we are spending mega mega money on the absolute bog standard average manager.

    this is more of a sh*t choice than when fat sam took over

    i do not understand it…aaarrrrghhhhhh

    £5 mill a year….you could have any coach in the world for that…

    its like paying 100,000 pounds for a ford fiesta

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