Jim Smith – Newcastle Biggest Job in Europe


Redknapp has been urged to take the Newcastle job by his old pal Jim Smith.

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Jim SmithQPR manager against Oxford at Wembley – Milk Cup Final 1986.

Smith – who has managed both Portsmouth and Newcastle – had a spell alongside Redknapp at Portsmouth in the 2004-05 season. Jim managed Newcastle United from December, 1988 to March, 1991

Jim has not yet talked to Harry, who is 60 years old, about taking the job. The 67-year-old Smith said:

“Age isn’t a problem. Harry’s a spring chicken!” “Sir Alex has got seven years on him and he’s still going strong, so there’s no danger on that front.”“I haven’t spoke to him yet, and it is a fantastic opportunity, but it’s a big ask.”

“Going backwards and forwards isn’t a problem. If Newcastle gave him the job, he’d be able to buy his own plane and fly up from Bournemouth or Southampton!

“Newcastle is a big club too. It’s one of the biggest jobs in English football. In fact, it’s one of the biggest jobs in European football. It’ll be interesting to see what happens.”

The odds on Harry taking over at Newcastle is still even money, and we expect Newcastle to make an official approach today. We’ll know more about the whole situation later today, hopefully.

We do have a very tough game tomorrow at Manchester United with assistant coach Nigel Pearson in charge. We hope that the team comes out and plays some good stuff. Certainly, when Nigel managed the England Under-21 side in the very first game at the rebuilt Wembley last year. Pearson had England playing a very attacking game in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Italy.

Comments welcome.


39 comments so far

  • Midjew

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #1
  • Midjew

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #2

    ATTENTION:

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

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  • obafemimartins

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #3

    it is unlikely that redknapp will come for 2 reasons:
    1. his family are settled on the south coast
    2. he has a good team there and a underperforming team here.

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  • goalcentre.com

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #4

    So it is confirmed that Arry is going to Newcastle? Oh my God! Anyway, he wont last long! i give him one season and he’s out as wellz… 🙂

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  • Graeme

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #5

    Ed, please stop these unfounded rumours, its not helping anyone.

    There is enough doom and gloom over the thought of Redknap taking over as it is.

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  • obafemimartins

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #6

    are you graeme souness?

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  • Graeme

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #8

    Hopefully Midjew, its to tell us all that he is staying at his club, honouring his contract. He thanks NUFC for their interest and wishes them well for the future.

    Then we can get on with the job of finding a real manager to take the toon forward.

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  • Hadrian

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #9

    honest Ed i hope you have egg on your face after all these bloody harry posts , there winding me up .:(

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  • Bosck

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #10

    Midjew, that means nothing. Redknapp always does a noon press conference the day before a match.

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  • Hadrian

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #11

    dont belive the daily mail , they are one of the major papers with a adgenda against the club

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  • obafemimartins

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #12

    it is a load of rubbish. i dont like him. buys to many africans.

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  • Graeme

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #13

    @ obafemimartins; no mate, I was a supporter long before that pratt took over.

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  • obafemimartins

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #14

    nice one with the banner Ed.

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  • obafemimartins

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #15

    good

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  • nightfall

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #16

    graeme – find a new manager? you really think ashley would sack sam if he hadn’t had a back-up already? i’m sure the deal is already made…so we’ll see who it is tommorow at the match (new manager will probably sit with ashley) or we’ll find out on monday….that the new manager is mourinho 😀

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  • anon

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #17

    I dont get all the anti-Harry comments, the man is class. He plays good attacking football at a high tempo, buys players that will excite the fans has the best man-mnagement skills in the prem! He is nothing like Allardyce his philosphy on football is totally different! Give the guy a chance if he gets the job!

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  • Ausgeordie

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #18

    Guuuuuus Hiddink!!!

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  • GM

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #19

    we’re doomed…its gona be him, its obvious, we might have been able to save some face if we had appointed a good manager, big name manager but we will just be a laughing stock again, like we were when we took souness from b’burn.

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  • Graeme

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #20

    Nightfall, I sure hope you’re right. I will pay for my season ticket, even though I wont be able to use it for 2 or 3 years, if Jose is the man.

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  • Obafan

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #21

    If someone was already lined up immediately after they sacked SA, why on earth have they not mentionned it yet??? There is nothing wrong with telling the name of the new manager of your club, isn’t it????

    I start to think MA and CM handled too quick and that they now have to rush things to find us a new manager, able to still do a few transfers in January.

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  • Edd Case

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #22

    People are getting way too carried away with this Redknapp cr@p.

    He will not be our next manager.

    It will be someone who’s not said anything to the press, by either declaring their interest or denying it.

    How stupid and unprofessional would that make Ashley and Mort look if they sacked BS and then had to go to Pompey, hand in cap and beg them to release a near 61 year old, who’s nothing more than an average English manager and who’s also on bail on Fraud charges!!!

    Get a grip you lot.

    Ashley thinks BIG – we will get a WORLD CLASS manager.

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  • valle

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #23

    Well even tho allot of us wanted a world class manager after the stunt MA pulled, we will ofc all get behing Harry… That being said, this decision will put allot of preassure on MA, cause if things dont go right, he will be to blame.

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  • nightfall

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #24

    you can’t win billions with irrational decisions…

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  • Obafan

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #25

    Klinsmann is out of the race 😉 he will be the next BAyern Munich manager (starting next season), so that means Hittzfeld stays till May, so he is also ruled out 🙁 .

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  • Pete

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #26

    We’ll see Edd Case.. It’s looking more and more like there was no replacement lined up. I guess we’ll see in 10-15 min

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  • havanaclue

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #27

    i hear there are a couple of nearly new plasma tvs for sale at St James !!!

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  • Edd Case

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #28

    Im actually staggered by the amount of you that have fallen for the Sky Sports rumour mill.

    Redknapp will not be our next manager – and the press conference held today will prove that.

    Stop panicking.

    I think that Mort and Ashley have Mourinho in place but will not announce this until next Monday as they’ll want the players completely focussed on the Man Utd game.

    Come Monday morning, they’ll call a press conference for around 10:00am and proudly announce to the world the new manager to take us leaping forward….

    Jose Mourinho

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  • Kevin Hann

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #29

    ROFL @ Edd Case
    You say they are falling for the rumour mill… and then jump straight into the abyss!

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  • Graeme

    Jan 11, 2008 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #30

    Edd Case, I so hope you are right. Morinho has been my choice from day one. He would be immense at NUFC.

    It would also clearly show MA’s intentions towards the club.

    Fingers crossed lol.

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  • Edd Case

    Jan 11, 2008 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #31

    ANELKA HAS SIGNING FOR CHELSEA…

    Maybe that’ll keep Skysports busy…

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  • Edd Case

    Jan 11, 2008 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #32

    Kevin Hann // Jan 11, 2008 at 11:59

    ROFL @ Edd Case
    You say they are falling for the rumour mill… and then jump straight into the abyss!

    Not at all Kevin.

    I was merely referring to the constant Redknapp story.
    I’ve jumped into no abyss.

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  • Edd Case

    Jan 11, 2008 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #33

    HAHAHAHAHA@ SKYSPORTS

    Now they’re backtracking and saying that they’re not even sure that there is going to be a Redknapp press conference!!!!!

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  • Pete

    Jan 11, 2008 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #34

    Is that a good sign Edd Case? This was a usual pre match press conference after all. If it’s suddenly cancelled I’d say we’re pretty much f*****

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  • Edd Case

    Jan 11, 2008 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #35

    It shows that Sky Sports talk bolloxxxx

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  • Kevin Hann

    Jan 11, 2008 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #36

    well? what are they saying?

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  • Graeme

    Jan 11, 2008 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #37

    Sky n ews 1300 (UK time)

    Harry has met Ashley (whos supposed to be in HK or something). Harry has cancelled his pre-match news conference. Thats it. No facts at all.

    Everything is attributed to “sky sources” which is meaningless other than they haven a clue and are making it up as they go along!!!!!!

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  • Leo*

    Jan 11, 2008 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #38

    he isnt in hong kong, how far away is portsmouth from hong kong by plane journey??? he wouldnt be there yet if he had left this morning, not by a long shot

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  • lezb

    Jan 11, 2008 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #39

    On a diffrent tack this is the thoughts of Sir Alex on the Toon situation Quote ” But I’m sure that the likes of Jack Charlton, Ossie Ardiles, Kenny Dalglish, Ruud Gullit and Graeme Souness would all have won something had they been given the time.
    Would love to ask him”How well all or any of the above did as managers after their time at the toon .Time most of them should have done time for fraue ie.perporting to be football managers.Where are they now more like?????

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