Harry Redknapp finally turned down a fabulous offer from Newcastle United to manage the Tyneside club, after agonizing over the decision for a couple of days.
Jose Mourinho – Newcastle should at least approach him
Redknapp’s appointment would have been a mediocre one in most fansâ€™ viewpoint, and the new favorite Mark Hughes doesnâ€™t have the same experience as Harry and would be a much bigger risk at the club.
Some would say it would be stupid to sack Sam Allardyce and have him be replaced by Mark Hughes.
Thatâ€™s not to say Mark isnâ€™t a great up and coming manager who has done a fantastic job at Blackburn with little funds. But thatâ€™s exactly what we said about Sam at Bolton when he was appointed manager last May. But whatever the reports are saying, we don’t think Mike Ashley will attempt to bring Mark to Newcastle.
Weâ€™d like to see the club think bigger and at least have a go at getting Jose Mourinho. Heâ€™s currently out of work right now, and could at least be courted for the job. If Mike Ashley was reportedly willing to pay Harry Â£5M/year, than heaven knows what he would offer Jose. It also looks like it may be possible to settle with Chelsea for Â£1M to get Mourinho’s services as reported earlier today.
Donâ€™t forget Jose knows all about the Newcastle club from his mentor, Bobby Robson, and was even offered the job as assistant manager at Newcastle when Bobby took over as manager of the club in September, 1999.
In terms of the number of votes cast for each individual candidate, here are the results of our recent poll:
1. Jose Mourhino 512 2. Ottmar Hitzfeld 184 3. Kevin Keegan 178 4. Gus Hiiddink 146 5. Louis Van Gaal 110 6. Marco Lippi 82 7. Alan Shearer 55 8. Marco Van Baston 55 9. Felipe Scolari 46 10. Martin Jol 46 11. Harry Redknapp 43 12. Sven Eriksson 18 13. Mark Hughes 18 14. Steve McClaren 18
As we said in another report faint heart never won fair lady.
We think we should at least go after Jose, and if we cannot get him our second choice in the poll was German Ottmar Hitzfeld â€“ have a shot at him too. And then there’s always a certain Kevin Keegan, who finished 3rd in our poll.
We havenâ€™t got much to lose.