Why Newcastle Fans Must Support New Manager


There’s one thing we just have to put out sooner rather than later and now is a good time, and it’s very important because it’s a message to all the tremendous Newcastle fans out there.

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Mike Ashley – determined to make Newcastle great again

And it’s even before a new manager is appointed at our club, which is perfect timing.

We need to give the new manager our full support, whoever he turns out to be.

We all presumably want Newcastle United to become a force in the English Premier League and eventually a football force in Europe. The next manager at the club will be the 7th new manager since Kevin Keegan left the club in January, 1997. So it will be 7 managers in a short 11 years with absolute no success whatsoever to show for it.

The managers in order have been Kenny Dalgish, Ruud Gullit, Bobby Robson, Graeme Souness, Glenn Roeder and Sam Allardyce. Everyone of those managers excited us (we’re talking about us on this web-site – we’re certainly not speaking for all Newcastle fans) when they were appointed – apart from Souness (to be brutally honest about Graeme). 😀

Dalglish had a wonderful track record, Gullit would bring sexy football to the club and had already been successful at Chelsea, Bobby Robson was born to manage the club, Roeder had a great start dragging Newcastle up to 7th place in the league in 2006, and Sam had a great record of getting the very best out of his players and could surely get the best out of the decent Newcastle squad.

It does look like our new manager will be Harry Redknapp, and we’re already seeing the cries of NO from some of our fans.

The question we have for those Newcastle fans is the following:

Is it more important for you to be right about how Harry will do at Newcastle – or do you want Newcastle to be successful – which is the more important?

We don’t care less if we are wrong about a Newcastle manager, as long as they are successful and we’ve had precious little success or stability at the club since Kevin left 11 years ago.

We would have been very happy if Souness had brought success to the club and it even looked like it when he put together an unbeaten streak of 12 games with 9 wins in 2005. That was just before the Dyer Bowyer punch-up on April 2nd, 2005, when Aston Villa beat us 3-0 at St. James’ Park to end the streak.

Bobby Robson was the sole manager of those 6 who had any kind of success, and he had us in 4th, 3rd and 5th place in successive seasons, but not even that was good enough to keep his job and he was sacked by Freddy Shepherd in late August, 2004.

We think Bobby Robson was a dream manager and we just loved it when he was at our club. It was a real privilege to have the great man as our manager for 5 years.

We don’t particularly care who the next manager is – but obviously we’d like him to be good and with a good previous record. But our point is that we’ll support him 100% for the good of our club.

Why is that? Because having Newcastle United successful means more to us than our opinions on any new manager.

We’d like our fans to get behind the new manager, from the very start, whoever he turns out to be.

Let’s start to take this club where it belongs – to the very top. Let’s all start pulling in the same direction and put an end to the name of Newcastle United becoming a laughing stock in the press.

Howay the Lads!


240 comments so far

  • Jack

    Jan 11, 2008 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #1

    We’ve always backed the manager at the start, but when we can see that it’s not working out and the club are not moving forward, much like Big Sam’s reign, then we want rid.

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  • Beardsley's Love Child

    Jan 11, 2008 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #2

    Define Successful….

    Europe right away?

    Attacking football?

    Loadsagoals?

    High W to L ratio?

    Rolling in Cash/ Making a profit?

    Attracting big names…

    Before we start setting expectations we need to identify what our expectations are

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  • James

    Jan 11, 2008 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #3

    When Managers come to clubs where the fans are so against them from the start, there is only one way it ends regardless of the Manager’s ability. He got 3% of the poll vote for a reason. He doesn’t understand or care about the Newcastle ethos. He just wants a fat pay day before retirement back down south.

    Ed – I do agree with your sentiments and will reluctantly watch the games and hope he does well. But I see a Sam repeat here.

    Mike Ashley has every right to pick whoever he wants. They do say failure in your decision making makes you stronger. So I hope he learns from it and appoints a better man next time.

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  • nightfall

    Jan 11, 2008 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #4

    mourinho needs a challenge and newcastle, one of the biggest clubs haven’t won anything for a looooong time…plus we have money now and an amitious man with a plan… and there’s also jose – bobby connection…and i’m also sure jose wants to settle the score with roman 🙂

    forget harry

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  • KevinHann

    Jan 11, 2008 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #5

    Because they are sheep.

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  • KevinHann

    Jan 11, 2008 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #6

    B-eeeeeeeeee-ehh
    😀 😀 😀

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  • carl

    Jan 11, 2008 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #7

    jose would love to payback abramovich, and the toon would be his weapon,
    im dreaming of course

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  • Ausgeordie

    Jan 11, 2008 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #8

    I want us playing attacking football, scoring goals, keeping clean sheets occasionally, finishing in a spot for Uefa, playing our boys in their natural positions and making smart transfers. We all scoffed at Sibierski but we all stopped when he put away some good goals. Big names will not come but we can find good players to help improve the team and if we improve obviously we become more attractive.
    I for one hope it is not harry. Ive been cheering for Hiddink but either way I hope its sorted soon.

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  • thelongshanks

    Jan 11, 2008 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #9

    I agree we definately have to back the manager.But i really cant wait to see newcastle attacking again.Milner and nzogbia on the wings emre in the centre and owen and martins will thrive on that.i think our defence is solid enough but when you are not attacking you are defending and it was constant pressure from the start.

    Hope mort stills igning the youngsters even though we are managerless.That kadar chap is suppose to be the s*it!!!!

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  • cooldj

    Jan 11, 2008 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #10

    ………….unless it’s harry in which case boo him.

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  • UTD111

    Jan 11, 2008 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #11

    Good article Ed. Basically the way I see it is……Mike Ashley owns NUFC, lock stock and barrell. Mike Ashley is an extremely successful and ruthless businessman. You can’t be extremeley successful in business without making the right decisions – including knowing how to find and appoint the right managers for your business. Mike Ashley is a winner and will find and appoint the right manager and give him the funds to take us to the top. Is it too much to expect the fans to support both Mike and his chosen Manager ???

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  • James

    Jan 11, 2008 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #12

    Yes, Redknapp is the man to bring attacking football to SJP….I mean Portsmouth haven’t scored a home goal for 3 months. Can’t wait for that. Really excited. Thanks Mike.

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  • kagthemag

    Jan 11, 2008 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #13

    On talk sport earlier that shearer has stated that he would accept the job if offered. I think that’s a win – win for everyone! Money spinner for ashley & mort, and the fans would hopefully enjoy the dream team of kk & Super al!

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  • Michael

    Jan 11, 2008 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #14

    I strongly disagree that every manager that’s been appointed excited us. Almost everyone I know could see that Roeder wasn’t capable, everybody in the world except Freddy could see that souness was wrong, and I would say at least half of the fans predicted Sam’s negative style.

    The appointment of Redknapp will disappoint me greatly, because he doesn’t seem like much of a step up from our last few managers. That’s not to say I won’t back him. But I think it’s really time that we went all out for a big name attacking manager along the lines of Scolari or Van Gaal.

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  • carl

    Jan 11, 2008 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #15

    and now milan mandoric is saying he expects harry to go. FU****G BRILLIANT.!

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  • aaron

    Jan 11, 2008 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #16

    first!

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jan 11, 2008 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #17

    Michael – us was meant to be us – here on this web site – not all the Newcastle fans.

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  • James

    Jan 11, 2008 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #18

    What they should do at Old Trafford is read out possible manager names and we cheer for the ones we want and boo the ones we dont. Then Mike will hopefully listen.

    Utd111 – I agree with you. As much as I’m against Redknapp, I completely believe that Ashley is determined to bring success to Newcastle, and even if we disagree with his decision, we should support it. Afterall, we don’t want to piss him off otherwise he’ll go and sell us to a bunch of Chinese businessmen that will strip the club apart.

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  • toon sooth

    Jan 11, 2008 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #19

    well said Edd, I agree that we should all get behind the club because together we can look forward to a fresh start after all the turmoil over the past few years. bring on the new manager,whoever he is.

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  • billygee

    Jan 11, 2008 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #20

    This is Mr Ashley’s first choice in a manager and the guy isn’t stupid. I think he has picked a good manager in Harry (if he comes) and Harry won’t be coming for the money. He has a good football brain and will do well here.

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  • jhholda

    Jan 11, 2008 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #21

    What defines success? How about we win the games that we are supposed to win and are competitive in the others. How about not embarrassing ourselves. I would be happy with that for a start.

    I don’t get hiring Redknapp. It seems like no one is for his signing. I realize that Jose may be a dream but shouldn’t we be looking to better ourselves as a team? I keep reading how when this is all said and done, we will be excited. Harry does not excite me. Harry with a lot of money to get more players does not excite me. It seems like we are just looking to get by instead of looking to move forward.

    I’m not sold that come next week with the hiring of Harry we will start wining the games that we are supposed to win, be competitive in the rest and stop embarrassing ourselves.

    No matter what happens, I’ll still support the team, I’ll still get up at dawn to watch the games (I’m in the US), and I’ll still be defending Newcastle from/against all my Man U friends.

    Howay the Lads!!

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  • Jack

    Jan 11, 2008 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #22

    According to the great Sky Sports News sources, Shearer will accept the job if offered. Probably the same sources that said Redknapp was flying in a private jet to Newcastle.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jan 11, 2008 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #23

    To all of the people with the negative comments above on Harry Redknapp – and suppose he is indeed appointed manager – what would you like us all to do?
    Boo Harry next Wed night against Stoke City and drive him out of the club immediately?
    We just did that to Big Sam.
    Please try to be constructive, even if you’re not happy at the choice.

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  • nightfall

    Jan 11, 2008 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #24

    it’s gotta be mourinho!

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  • Lazy

    Jan 11, 2008 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #25

    I won’t support Redknapp, I refuse to believe we have sacked Allardyce to get Redknapp.

    I really don’t want Shearer at the moment, but I’d much rather gamble on him than have Redpap. 😛

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  • James

    Jan 11, 2008 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #26

    Jack – We’d all accept the job if offered. I don’t see why Shearer or Redknapp would be any different.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jan 11, 2008 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #27

    James 😀

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  • cooldj

    Jan 11, 2008 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #28

    in all honesty here. i would rather we rehired sam than got harry back and i was calling for sam’s head.

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  • micepie

    Jan 11, 2008 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #29

    You see….you put out a positive message and still the fans moan! If we are amongst the best fans in the world – or THE best – that means in good times and rough.

    This is a great site, with a balanced attitude and is always excellent, in-depth reading but one of my resolutions must be never to read any of the posts on the forums.

    By the way, I hope we still sign Kadar and Diarra…the potentially exciting younger players at the Toon are starting to grow, and I hope that continues whoever takes over.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 11, 2008 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #30

    100% agree with Lazy

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  • Adrian Swall

    Jan 11, 2008 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #31

    Ed. You are asking us to put up with something just for the sake of being united. Harry is a lovely bloke, but he’s not right for us and we aren’t right for him. One of the factors we have to consider is that our manager has to have a huge personality and be media savvy. The manager of Newcastle United is more than just the gaffer of a football team. he has to be someone who gains total respect from day one, in the football club, in the workplace and in the schoolyard. The longer we leave it the bigger the name has to be. Never mind us being a laughing stock to the outside world. We need someone to bring back some humour and fun to our club, and I don’t mean Crusty the Clown.

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  • cooldj

    Jan 11, 2008 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #32

    i will boo harry all the way down the motorway and onto the bloody isle of wight

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  • Jack

    Jan 11, 2008 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #33

    James – Steve Bruce didn’t lol

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  • steve

    Jan 11, 2008 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #34

    Neither Roeder or Allardyce excited many people I know, the last three managers have been pretty much useless and Fergie can spout off all he wants How many of our managers went on to be successful anywhere else after we allegedly didn’t give them long enough in the job, lets face it they weren’t good enough in the first place and nor is “Arry”

    From reading this website it seems that all the fans who don’t goto games and therefore do not contribute to the NUFC coffers are happy enough to support whoever is put in charge, I tell you guys it’s a lot harder to support them when you’re handing over your cash every week (home & away) and the thought of Redknapp is almost to much to bear. I won’t slag him off but I doubt we’ll ever sing his name.
    At the end of the day if the crook comes in and wins FA & Carling Cup along with the premiership I’ll give everyone who posts to this website 100 quid

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  • Wroom

    Jan 11, 2008 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #35

    Trond Sollied is my choice! Give him a chance!

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  • James

    Jan 11, 2008 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #36

    If and it is still a big IF in my books, that Harry has got the job, I hope the Police investigate all the bets that were placed yesterday on him. They will find they were connected to him with friends and family members and tied to his Cayman Accounts and finally put the crook in jail.

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  • cooldj

    Jan 11, 2008 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #37

    we need motivator and a uniter. someone with the respect of the team and someone who boosts morale.

    to sum up we need mourinho. he’s perfect for us and if he wants to come (the only potential stumbling block) he has to be given the job.

    It’s he and not shearer who the mob want.

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  • lee

    Jan 11, 2008 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #38

    1 steady the ship

    2 uefacup run (few seasons maybe)

    3 attacking football

    4 champions league spot

    5 eventual cup (hopefully champions league thhough doubt it )

    the fans must play thier part support him through thick n thin not just for results but 2 regain our status as best supporters in the land

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  • James

    Jan 11, 2008 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #39

    Okay let’s all be honest here. Newcastle United means the world to us. It defines our weekend and can make or break our mood. As fans we are basically over protective parents and nobody is ever going to be good enough to date our daughter… 🙂

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  • cooldj

    Jan 11, 2008 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #40

    Gracchus: Fear and wonder, a powerful combination.

    Falco: You really think people are going to be seduced by that?

    Gracchus: I think he knows what NEWCASTLE is. NEWCASTLE is the mob. Conjure magic for them and they’ll be distracted. Take away their freedom and still they’ll roar. The beating heart of NEWCASTLE is not the CONCRETE of the senate, it’s the GRASS of ST JAMES’. He’ll bring them SUCCESS – and they will love him for it.

    Roman senators talking about Jose Mourinho.

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