Fans Can Sway Ashley’s Choice of Manager

It looks like Mike Ashley has the exact same vision for the future Newcastle United side as the great Newcastle fans.


Mike Ashley – listens to what fans have to say

And since Mike has been in the same stands as the fans over these last several games it seems he is also willing to listen, to at least some extent, what the fans have to say. Not a bad position for a businessman to take because the fans are Mike’s customers, or should I say the customers of Newcastle United Football Club.

But it does seem that Mike shares the same ideas and values for Newcastle United as most fans. He wants a winning side yes, but also one that plays attacking football and will give entertainment to the vast Geordie faithful which gathers at St. James’ Park for every home game.

What seems to have happened is that Big Sam was dismissed, more for the way his Newcastle side played, than for any other single reason.

And we think the fans’ opinions on various managers that come up may well be tracked by Mike’s people to see how they would be accepted on Tyneside. Yes, it may be a fantasy to suggest this, but Mike and Chris know who their customers are, and who are really important to the Newcastle United Football – the fantastic supporters. He said that when he first bought the club back in the summer.

So please keep letting us know who you think the new manager should be, and if you haven’t voted yet in the polls in the column directly to the right – please do so. But only vote for one manager.

Comments and opinions always welcome.

93 comments so far

  • Pete

    Jan 11, 2008 at 2:27 AM

    Comment #1


  • ObaFan2

    Jan 11, 2008 at 2:29 AM

    Comment #2

    6% Want Redknapp, that’s from 2 polls so is it really 3% ?

    I can’t believe “the fans” have been crying out for him! So this advice must come from his Spurs buddies, setting him up for a laugh I think.

  • adam

    Jan 11, 2008 at 2:30 AM

    Comment #3

    SCOLARI!!! if you’re reading these posts mike, please get scolari

    hes coached brazil, portugal and knows all the top players, plus he plays a attacking style of play with flair, and hes a winner!

  • ripleyiii

    Jan 11, 2008 at 2:34 AM

    Comment #4

    No ‘Arry!!! NO!

    He’s not that good. Look at his lineup: 4-5-1.

    That isn’t what we’re about.

    Let’s get a continental manager and play some football!

  • Die hard toon

    Jan 11, 2008 at 2:35 AM

    Comment #5

    In that case Ashley get Hitzfled

  • Pete

    Jan 11, 2008 at 2:40 AM

    Comment #6

    Just noticed the question mark in the banner… very nice.

  • Ausgeordie

    Jan 11, 2008 at 2:45 AM

    Comment #7

    Guus Hiddink should be targeted. He is fantastic and would not disappoint. I dont see us being happy with someone currently in the premiership.

  • adam

    Jan 11, 2008 at 2:52 AM

    Comment #8

    i agree ausgeordie. dont want anyone thatrs currently in the prem unless its ferguson or wenger, but that wont happen

  • ObaFan2

    Jan 11, 2008 at 2:57 AM

    Comment #9

    Part of an article from The Independent.

    “aside from style of play, Redknapp for Allardyce strikes many as a like-for-like appointment that does not equate with the drama of Allardyce’s sudden dismissal. There is already a palpable unease over whether Redknapp’s particular brand of “Cockneyness” would fit at St James’.”

    It’s a good point.

  • chuck

    Jan 11, 2008 at 3:07 AM

    Comment #10

    Hard to argue with Adams choice Scolari or a Mourhino,Hiddink,even Lippi.
    Managers with track records, people who understand the modern game and hopefully would introduce a training regime which would include health requirements like diet,plus training methods with an emphasis on technique and tactics,a gradual build up of the best young talent available . After all it certainly worked for Mr. Wenger.
    But please no more re- cycling of out of work failures and no disrespect to Arry, but he allready has a job and does`nt fit the job description.

  • ObaFan2

    Jan 11, 2008 at 3:21 AM

    Comment #11

    I forgot this guy is on bail till next month, he must be getting him in as a cell mate for you know who lmao.

    Also he is the manager of a team who have not scored a league goal at home since September 29.

    The plot thickens, IMO he’s been tapped up by MA’s mate who happens to be mates (and shares ownership in a horse) with Redknapp.

    Betting, on bail should fit right in then, God help us.

  • Pete

    Jan 11, 2008 at 3:35 AM

    Comment #12

    Well his consortium seem to be raking it in on betfair… he’s not been allowed to rise above 2.2 and they have been nibbleing. Started to get twitch and gone to 1.5 – will probably get shorter when the muggs read tomorrows rags.

    1.8 mill gone on ‘arry … the layers arn’t happy

  • smc894

    Jan 11, 2008 at 3:37 AM

    Comment #13

    There is no point in swapping Allardyce for Redknapp. If Ashley wants to spend all this money then actually spend it on someone that is worth it. Go for a Hiddink, Mourinho, Lippi etc.
    I hardly think Portsmouth, atm even have a style of play that we are after. Its almost like when Ashley saw them score 3 goals against us in 17mins he went “OMG portsmouth are the best team in the league with the best manager we should get him’.
    Open your eyes and get someone that will impress the fans.

  • Pete

    Jan 11, 2008 at 3:40 AM

    Comment #14

    I am sick of the big name signings, ‘arry could be a nice change…

    Pompey play some nice football, very shrewd on the transfer market

  • smc894

    Jan 11, 2008 at 3:42 AM

    Comment #15

    Souness, Roeder and Allardyce were not big name signings anyway. It seems it could be time to go for class and not arse.

  • lee

    Jan 11, 2008 at 3:52 AM

    Comment #16

    According to sky sports news tonight, Newcastle WILL approach Portsmouth for ‘Arry on Friday morning.

    For a guy who apparently listens to the fans, Mike Ashley doesn’t seem to be hearing a lot!

  • dennis

    Jan 11, 2008 at 3:52 AM

    Comment #17

    i feel sorry for Sam as any manager needs time and we will never know what could have been achieved.
    but Hitzfeld or Jose should be given the job and time to build.
    how about getting Bobby to do the job till July then appoint Jose Mourinho. i am sure most of the fans would like that 🙂

  • Pete

    Jan 11, 2008 at 3:54 AM

    Comment #18

    Should we stop deluding ourselves that the absolute top managers would want to come to a mid table EPL side ?

  • yong

    Jan 11, 2008 at 3:54 AM

    Comment #19

    no Harry plz, we need a top manager. Dont waste this chance, it not a clever move just for sack BS then get Harry…

    come on man… TOP MANAGER plz

  • lee

    Jan 11, 2008 at 4:07 AM

    Comment #20

    I wouldn’t mind Sir Bob taking the job until the end of the season – on the condition that he takes Shearer as assistant. At the end of the season Big Al still won’t be anywhere near ready to manage the club but he would certainly pick up some invaluable experience and get the opportunity to pick the brains of the old fella – there’s no-one wiser in world football.

    In fact – i would get Bobby involved at the club in some capacity, any capacity, right now. He’s got too much knowledge – he needs to pass it on to someone..

  • Rob

    Jan 11, 2008 at 4:18 AM

    Comment #21

    Sir Bobby is too fragile nowadays, he has got and looks much older than when he left afew years back, he is also still ill.

    We need to forget about SBR, KK and Alan S.

  • Solanos Cousin Twice Removed

    Jan 11, 2008 at 4:41 AM

    Comment #22

    Please not Redknapp! Might as well giv it to O Neill if they dont want to look at all options worldwide. Look at all options worldwide!

  • fff

    Jan 11, 2008 at 4:45 AM

    Comment #23

    PLZ dont get arry….he’s always in the media for dodgy business…he’ll be another Sam…4-5-1 formation…won’t know what to do with the cash…N’castle need a manager with credentials ie played in europe, atleast…don’t get me wrong arry has done a good job at p’mouth, but thats as much as he can do, top 10 finish…he doesn’t have the class to manage or put together a team to break into the top4….my choice, if from prem defo HUGHES, he plays attacking football, utilising the fullbacks similar to aresenal and the top teams…klinsman wud be a brill choice, luk at what he did with germany…pls no arry…i feel soory for all the layers coz harry luks a cert..what a shame

  • jeremy9

    Jan 11, 2008 at 4:59 AM

    Comment #24

    Let’s be real, we can’t get the chosen one or a top flight manager. At least it would be very difficult. They will go to the big clubs, not Newcastle. The best managers in the last decade or so have been from around Newcastle, maybe that’s how it’s going to have to be. We will be playing different football now and we may not get the one you call Arry. You got to go on and you got to like or get behind somebody. Yeah lets sign JoseM and then get Drogba. ….. there is no way.

  • drumma

    Jan 11, 2008 at 5:23 AM

    Comment #25

    no no no we dont want harry he’s crap
    hitzfield is your man it will go from bad to worse if you get harry bad move very bad move

  • yo

    Jan 11, 2008 at 6:00 AM

    Comment #26

    jeremy9- It is the lack of ambition from the likes of yourself that frustrates me. Our last three managers have been British and all three have not been up to the task. If you choose to believe what the tabloids are saying about Redknapp, feel free, but you are a muppet if you do.

  • Magjp

    Jan 11, 2008 at 6:12 AM

    Comment #27


  • dennis

    Jan 11, 2008 at 6:18 AM

    Comment #28

    i think i said it before and people are doubting my words. i am from newcastle born and bread there so i dont think its impossible to get Jose. lets be honest as shown by the FA you can get any one when you offer the right money. it all boils down to do they (the board) want to pay for a decent manager or not? . pay a top manager a good salary and he will come.

  • Doctapaul

    Jan 11, 2008 at 6:37 AM

    Comment #29

    Portsmouth are probably the best side I’ve seen (along with Man City) this season. They certainly played the best and most attractive football. Better than Liverpool. So Harry Redknapp is doing a lot right.

    Harry also seems to know how spend money wisely on £3-5M players. As does Mark Hughes.

    These two factors alone would be a step in the right direction and get Newcastle in the top half of the league. It’s a step forward – a linear step and no more.

    For Newcastle to make the big step up – to take on the likes of Liverpool – it will need a manager who knows how to buy £10M+ players. And someone who has experience of winning European silverware.

    None of Newcastle’s recent £10M+ plus players have lived up to their price tag (Owen, Martins, Luque, Woodgate, Robert).

    So I personally favour going for someone like Van Gall, Hitzfield, Lippi, Hiddink, Goran Ericksson.

  • Aussie Dave

    Jan 11, 2008 at 7:10 AM

    Comment #30

    It has to be a big Continental manager, Hiddink, Jose, Scolari, lippi etc. if we are to get to the level of success and performance that we all crave.
    Surely a club that already has a decent squad, 50000 odd fans at every home game and the best travelling support in Europe, the promise of a massive salary and massive transfer kitty, would be an attractive proposition for any of the above mentioned managers.

  • Kevin Hann

    Jan 11, 2008 at 7:13 AM

    Comment #31

    I can’t see any text confirming the Harry story. Seriously, it is all the same old quotes, interpreted differently. How can the press quote something like “Portsmouth issue hands off warning” into “Redknapp signing with Newcastle”??

  • Aussie Dave

    Jan 11, 2008 at 7:19 AM

    Comment #32

    Ok lads, if there is no new manager in place before the manure game, which is probable it would be a good opportunity for the toon army to politely suggest to Mike who we want.

    Hard to do it from Sydney, so please pass on my opinion, my preferences are above.

    On the game I hope Nigel realises we will be carved to pieces on sat if Zogs if left at left back to mark Ronaldo. Get Enrique in and give the kid a chance, I dont think he has been as bad as people have said. Ronaldo has no defensive responsibilites and generally passes his man off as soon as they cross half way, great tactic as it makes you the free release player on the counter attack, he has to be marked non stop.
    i hate manure so much so hopefully we do what most new manager less teams do and win.

  • Aussie Dave

    Jan 11, 2008 at 7:28 AM

    Comment #33

    BBC rule out Harry and Shearer

  • rob

    Jan 11, 2008 at 7:41 AM

    Comment #35


  • RobNUFC

    Jan 11, 2008 at 7:58 AM

    Comment #36

    Harry wants a private jet as part of the deal to commute from the south? as if he wouldnt be bad enough as it is….he wouldnt even be arsed to move to the toon?
    Id even be a bit pissed off if we got mourinho and he decided to commute!

    jose jose jose

  • Graeme

    Jan 11, 2008 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #37

    This is Mike Ashley’s chance to show us, the supporters and the football world in general, what his intentions are for the club.

    If he wants to demonstrate that he really is serious about OUR club becoming a major team again, or proving thats its his play thing, this is his only chance to get it right.

    Ashley surely cannot be stupid enough to even contemplate taking Redknapp on as manager of the toon if he is intent on NUFC challanging for the top 4 and Europe. He must by now understand what makes the fans tick, and what they want from the club. Who would accept that as progress??

    If it really is his intention for NUFC to be up there, in the top 4, year in, year out, then he has to appoint a Coach/manager with the ability to achieve his desires – thats not Redknap. He has to be looking in europe, at the likes of Lippi, Morinho, Hitzfeld – proven pedigree of winning league titles and winning in europe.

    Mr Ashley, get this right and you will be revered on tyneside for generations; get it wrong and you will be seen in the same light as the man you replaced. Your call!!!

  • Jinal

    Jan 11, 2008 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #38
  • craig chisholm

    Jan 11, 2008 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #39

    does anyone know how to get in touch with the official rep for the newc fans so that we can tell the club in writting that we do not want arry’used car salesman’ rednapp. the bloke is far worse than sam in my eyes, i can not stand the man. if ashley really gives a monkeys about the newcastle fans why is he going to give the job to the bloke that the fans want the least – he is making a massive mistake and to be honest with you, the club seems less settled and impressive than when fat fred had it. so far, ashley and mort have done nothing and i repeat, NOTHING to impress me with their so-called big plans for newcastle utd.
    it has to make me laugh in one way though, all those fans that come on here and boo’d sam every week have got their wish , sam is gone, at who are we going to get – that tosser rednapp, well done the boo boys!!

  • Aussie Dave

    Jan 11, 2008 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #40

    Kevin, that doesnt sound good.

    Maybe Ed should email the club some of these fan blogs. Put it his way, if the fans do not approve of the manager they will not succeed, we will become impatient much quicker and the pressure than takes over


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