Last Chance To Vote For Newcastle Manager

We’ve heard so much in the papers and reports about various managers being the Newcastle fans’ favorite, which don’t to us seem accurate.

Since we messed up our initial poll by having two separate polls – we want to quickly run it again – and we have 7 candidates.

We have taken the top 5 managers from our last joint poll, and then included Mark Hughes, since he is apparently now Mike Ashley’s choice to get the job. We’ve also included Alan Shearer who finished 7th last time, since recent news says he may be in the frame. Anybody else who isn’t included just didn’t get enough votes to qualify – sorry.

The poll is on the right – please register your vote ASAP and try to do it before we beat Manchester United this afternoon – thanks. 😀


29 comments so far

  • LiamBirchy8

    Jan 12, 2008 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #1

    martin jol should be in the poll

  • Ross

    Jan 12, 2008 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #2

    You are joking liam.

  • adam

    Jan 12, 2008 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #3

    scolari should be in the poll

  • StevieA

    Jan 12, 2008 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #4

    I would be on a plane to Portugal right now and get Jose. I just think it’s setup perfectly for him.

    Give Chelsea 2 or 3 million if we have to so he can start now. From the rumours I have heard his contract can be bought out. 🙂

    Jol & Scolari should be on the poll I agree.

  • Dan of the Toon

    Jan 12, 2008 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #5

    Mourinho, it’s just gotta be Mourinho!

  • Clouded

    Jan 12, 2008 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #6

    You sir have missed out Martin Jol for some strange reason 😉

  • LiamBirchy8

    Jan 12, 2008 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #7


    Kevin Keegan – highly unlikely as he is finished with football

    Ottmar Hitzfeld – definitely not, he is leaving bayern at the end of the season

    Jose Mourinho – possible bu cant see it myself and anyway he doesn’t play the flowing football we crave

    Alan Shearer – basically not good enough for a team aiming high with no experience

    Louis Van Gaal – most likely of these would love to see him or jol(my 1st choice)

    Gus Hiddink – rejected chelsea for russia so wont accept us

    Mark Hughes – why sack sam for him?

    therefore Jol is a good choice as he plays the attacking football Mort, Ashley and us fans want.

  • Jim

    Jan 12, 2008 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #8

    So… Noone in the media has even uttered the words ‘Jose Mohrinio’. It would certainly add to the circus, but is it even a realistic dream? I’m ever hopeful, but don’t think so. This, of course, means we’re going to be disappointed with the next appointment.

    Who in their right mind, by the way, would expect Shearer to be successful as a rookie manager in the biggest business league on the planet? There’s no sane reason why he should even be in the frame at this time in his life. In 10 years, perhaps.

    So who else would excite us and prove a more astute appointment than Alerdyce? I think we’ve been far too hasty and can’t think of anyone who could deliver long term success better than him and, for one, am very dissappointed to see him being handed his P45.

    …and thank God that shifty ferret of a Rednapp didn’t go for it. So… again, who’se realistically going to deliver long term success where Sam wouldn’t? (and none of your ‘long ball’ boring football shite. Winning breads confidence and flair follows.)

  • dchristi

    Jan 12, 2008 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #9

    yes…get Jose on board pls…we need him so bad

  • Dan of the Toon

    Jan 12, 2008 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #10

    Nah i would still would go with Mourinho!

  • drumma

    Jan 12, 2008 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #11

    lippi is your man look what he’s done lots of silverware and good atacking football

  • Craig

    Jan 12, 2008 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #12

    Marcello Lippi?


    Jan 12, 2008 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #13


  • Ian H

    Jan 12, 2008 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #14

    I agree with Drumma

    Juventus under Lippi were awesome

    The fact is all the best managers are foreigners
    at the moment>
    If that was not the case an italian would not be managing England

  • rg

    Jan 12, 2008 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #15

    I’m not a fan of these pick a single person poll. I’d be thrilled with some candidates, happy with others, cautious about some, and unhappy with others. But to ask me to pick a single person from that list isn’t realistic.
    I think you should have a poll for each candidate with options for Great, Good, OK, and Bad.

  • toonfan1

    Jan 12, 2008 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #16

    the team 2day at manutd
    Given, Carr, Taylor, Cacapa, Enrique, Milner, Butt, N’Zogbia, Duff, Smith (up front!!!) and Owen.

    Subs: Harper, lua lua, emre, viduka, roz,

  • tommyy

    Jan 12, 2008 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #17

    Zog in cm?

  • Obafan

    Jan 12, 2008 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #18

    Lippi deserves also to be in your poll, Ed…

    I choose Mourinho, but will this ever happen???

    Hitzfeld; stays in Bayern and then goes to the Swiss mountains.

    Hiddink; loves to coach national teams and in a coulpe of months he has his EC with Russia. Hold an eye on the Russians then with him as the boss…

    Shearer; a legend, but too early for him now.

    Keegan: did great in the past, but I don’t think he will be able to reproduce his fabulous work here..

    Hughes; why sack SA then???

    Van Gaal; arrogant and he would also take such a chance to prove he can lead this club to glory. Don’t think he want to leave AZ now, a club he tries to build up.


  • Steve

    Jan 12, 2008 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #19

    1st match i have been looking forward to in a long time,even though its Man Utd very difficult game and no one expects us to win ,so looking forward not to see that useless arrogant fat faced idiot sticking bits of chewing gum into his gob HOWAY THE LADS !!!!!!!! SHEARER,SHEARER,SHEARER

  • Greg B

    Jan 12, 2008 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #20

    Mourinho heading the poll (by a long way) but I honestly believe there is more chance of a Boy George Junior than Jose taking over!
    However Keegan in 2nd place, now that would do for me. Who said he is finished with football? I think he would be a good fix and maybe have Shearer in there aswell to take over the reigns in the long run.

    Keegan/Shearer has got some stick on here over the last day or so but its not a bad option when all things (compensation etc) are considered.

  • drumma

    Jan 12, 2008 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #21

    houllier yes look what he’s done for liverpool lots of silverware but i still think lippi or shearer and keegen as his no 2

  • broontoon

    Jan 12, 2008 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #22

    Steve Coppell is a hugely underrated manager & exactly the type of person who will do well at Newcastle. No nonsense, good tactician and a great dry sense of humour. Remember how he brought Reading to the premiership – reminds me of the toon coming up with Keegan.

  • adb

    Jan 12, 2008 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #23

    don’t be blinkered but why would jose want the job,surely he should be looking for a champions league team or a league championship chasing team somewhere in europe because his cv is worthy of that and unfortunately newcastle are neither.

  • Gareth Coffey

    Jan 12, 2008 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #24

    this is a response to andy gray’s article at,19528,11678_3038871,00.html

    Andy I’m sorry your wrong to say all the Newcastle fans want is Shearer as boss. Where did this assessment come from? A few people on the streets? If your going to make such an assumption why not get a broad sample of opinion like available at

    Mourinho is the clear fans choice with nearly 2,000 votes cast in total, followed by Hitzfeld who leaves Munich in the summer, and Keegan polled third, Shearer came 7th with only 55 votes, about 3% hardly a clamour for him to be boss is it?
    I was surprised as anyone to see Sam sacked and would have accepted him until the end of the season, however we have played rubbish all season (Arsenal at home apart), tactics were to negative home and away, I’m not saying we are good enough to break into the top 4 but when your squad contains players such as Given, Beye, Cacapa, Enrique, Emre, Duff, Butt, Martins, Viduka, and Owen (all players who have performed admirably in the champions league) is it to much for the fans to expect Newcastle to go to Derby with a bit more ambition than to simply nullify and contain them? This was Sam’s attitude and mentality, which resulted in talented players having no confidence in their ability. His signings haven’t been that bad and I think the squad is stronger than when he took over in the summer. Beye for example was starting to show a bit of form, Enrique at left back was courted by Madrid and Barcelona and was quite a coup when we managed to sign him, but Sam would not play him, although he performed probably better than some of the other players (Geremi, Barton, Rozenhal, Smith). When Evra and Vidic 1st came to Man UTD they struggled but Fergie knew what they were capable of and stuck with them and instilled confidence in them, now they are regarded as two of the best in the league in their respective positions, if Sam showed confidence in Enrique I’m sure the same would happen with him.
    The Toon fans will be patient if the manager learns from his mistakes, shows passion and appears to be moving the team forward, Bobby took 3seasons to qualify for Europe but the fans weren’t baying for his blood because he looked to be making progress. The Liverpool game at home was a disgrace and we should have got beat by 5 or 6. All season we have served up terrible performance one after another is it any wonder Ashley sacked him? Behind the scenes I think Sam did a decent job but on the pitch we have went backwards (despite arguably a better squad)
    Who would I like as manager?
    I would probably agree with the top 3 of the above poll, Mourinho doesn’t play Wenger type football, but he would understand the fans better, and instil passion and BE GIVEN TIME without doubt (we will accept an average style of play as long as the results are above average). Hitzfeld plays attacking football has a great pedigree, commands respect, will be free agent in the summer and has said in the past he would like to manage in the Premiership. Keegan might not want the hassle or to risk his hero status, but he might just see Newcastle as unfinished business and he was talking recently about the passion of toon fans and that you have to buy into their mentality, so why not? Other than these 3 why not Van Gaal? He’s at AZ (hardly a big club) and he will only be able to achieve so much as they are a selling club, sale of Koovermans to PSV in the summer illustrates this, and he did say last yr when Roeder was in charge that with the players we have we should be doing better he obviously thinks he could do better, so why not let him try. The new boss has to be a sign of intent, ambition and someone who will excite the fans, Redknapp a nice bloke but he wouldn’t of done this, but no matter who it is he will be supported, if he performs, so Andy before you churn out chants of Shearer, Shearer, do some research and try to gain some understanding of the issue, background, and facts. Is this not what effective journalism is about? I hope you read this and post a response but I doubt you will.

  • Edd Case

    Jan 12, 2008 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #25


  • far east

    Jan 12, 2008 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #26

    nigel pearson!!

  • Edd Case

    Jan 12, 2008 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #27

    Forget Mourinho, Hiddink, Van Gaal or anyone else for that matter, we need God.

  • Momo

    Jan 12, 2008 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #28

    To me, Lippi is my clear choice, he shocked everyone by winning the world cup with Italy and has managed successful clubs in his career. If anyone thinks Mark Hughes is the man to replace him then they are not in the right frame of mind and need their head sorting. Jol does bore me but he did bring in some brilliant players to Spurs and did qualify for two years running, Mourinho has no chance as theres some deal he has done with Chelsea about not being allowed to manage another Premiership club until next season, Shearer is pointless as he knows very little about management and to come in at this stage when we are struggling is a very bad idea, Keegan had his days and i just dont think they’ll come back, Hitzfeld will never join, Van Gaal is a good choice but i dont know if he would want to manage us, Hiddink would probably want to manage Russia till the next World Cup and probably longer so my clear choice is Lippi as he is currently unemployed and a world class manager

  • Andy1

    Jan 12, 2008 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #29

    I think Mourinho might be tempted. Harry Redknapp and other british managers aren’t up to the pressure and the stress and prefer their comfortable lives at teams with fans who don’t give a shit win or lose.

    Mourinho could deal with the pressure of expectation and I think he would thrive on it. His ego could only truly be cared for here. If he went to a team that is used to winning things he would be just another manager. If he could win something here he would become a hero and would be loved by our fans in a way no other team could.

    If it didn’t work out. He would still be ‘the special one’ and we could see that we aren’t a big club.


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