Newcastle Should Go After Mourinho

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 fans’ viewpoint, and the new favorite Mark Hughes doesn’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.

That’s not to say Mark isn’t a great up and coming manager who has done a fantastic job at Blackburn with little funds. But that’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.

We’d like to see the club think bigger and at least have a go at getting Jose Mourinho. He’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 £5M/year, than heaven knows what he would offer Jose. It also looks like it may be possible to settle with Chelsea for £1M to get Mourinho’s services as reported earlier today.

Don’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 – have a shot at him too. And then there’s always a certain Kevin Keegan, who finished 3rd in our poll.

We haven’t got much to lose.

Comments welcome.

60 comments so far

  • sean

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #1

    morninho is deffo the man 2 take the club and it would prove that MA has got a good ambition for the club rather that just appointion ‘Arry were we would be stitting at the mis of the table or even relagated

  • carl

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #2

    please lets go for mourinho, not shearer just yet. or mourinho with shearer as assistant

  • Graeme

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #3

    Ed, agree with you 10o% – we should be going for the best man available for the job; the obvious starting point in all of this. If he is not available, or unwilling to take it, move on to the next best.

    Fingers crossed that they will be able to convince JM to take the job. He would become bigger than KK and SBR in time – a geordie legend in the making.

  • Nev

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #4

    put Mike Ashleys billions to good use!!
    the only problem is time atm
    transfer window getting shorter and shorter for the new manager to do his thing

  • Zx

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #5

    Sadly, the “BEST” managers on their list is probably

    1. Harry Redknapp
    2. Mark Hughes
    3. Alan Shearer
    4. Steve McClaren
    5. David O’Leary

    Crossing out Harry, move on to the next, well Mark Hughes, if he rejects…move on again….

  • Marguerite

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #6

    Well Mourinho has an ego big enough to manage Newcastle and lets be honest that is the type of manager we need if we are ever to have a modicum of success.

    Please Mike approach Jose, he can only say no.

    If that be the case then Hiddinck or Hitzfeld could cope with the goldfish bowl too.

  • Ross

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #7

    “alright jose. We understand a crooked cockney who hasnt won a thing in 20 years was above you on list..but, ehh…he’s ehh..sorta, turned us down?
    soooo…we then kinda realised that, y’’re quite a good manager, you’ve won stuff n all that jazz. so ehh…fancy come and managing the toon?”

    sound tempting?

  • Graham

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #8

    Nev – forget this transfer window, forget this season….. our main priority must be to get a new manager in (yes i would love Jose too) let him sort his backroom staff out over the next few months and weigh up whos worth keeping and whos not, and when the summer window opens – go hell for leather!

    The right manager will get the current squad playing as a team for the remainder of the season and will give a good indication of the real potential of the squad before splashing the cash in the summer.

  • Greg B

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #9

    If it true that ‘Arry turned us down then Mort and Ashley will surely be left looking a little red faced.
    Many expected with the abrupt sacking of Allardyce a new manager would be imminent, possibly lined up before the decision to axe Allardyce was made, however that now seems very unlikley.
    It would appear that the chairman and owner were so sure their first choice, almost certainly Redknapp, would be tempted by the green stuff, looks like it may have backfired.
    However I am hoping the old Redknapp story was a smoke screen, maybe partly made by the Redknapp camp to help ‘Arry get some extra transfer budget etc and partly by our boys to put the press off the trail till a deal was done and dusted.
    If I was a gambling man I would keep my money in my pocket on the Mourinho, Hiddink, Hitzfeld front, I would be impressed if one of those 3 took over however I think its highly unlikley (as do the bookies).
    However if I had a few quid to splash out it would be on Shearer. It wouldnt surprise me if he was first choice all along and Asley/ Mort were keeping tabs on the press for a fans reaction – they may be surprised that the percentage of fans who want Sharer as boss was not as high as they expected.
    I reckon they thought Shearer would be the fans choice, however due to him not having managed before and managers such as Mourinho and Lippi seemingly ‘available’ (I know about the Mourinho clause but Im sure that its negotiable) many fans do not see big Al as the ideal candidate.
    However they may also have been surprised how many fans want a return of Keegan – ideal oportunity and everyones a winner in my opinion:

    Keegan would want to be remember for what he did and may not want to spoil his ‘hero’ status up here, Shearer lacks experience but the two together could work.
    Shearer as manager, Keegan director of football (or whatever they want to call it), things going bad, Shearer takes the flak.
    Keegans experience combined with Shearers God like status up here I think would please most fane.
    This is the main problem, whoever comes in will not please everyone, too arrogant, not experienced enough, no better than Allardyce, not won anything are all comments that have been made about different names put forward on here. I think we have to accept whoever it is will not be everyones ‘choice’ but its up to whoever comes in to prove the doubters wrong and thats why they will be on a huge wage and given plenty to spend.
    So for me its has to be a Shearer/Keegan combo.

  • indian toon

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #10

    ed after all the pages of articles u,ve had of harry redknapp, now he’s rejected us. so its about time u put some speculation to an end. how about puttin one article on a particular story rather than hav hundreds on the same topic/!!!!!!!!?

  • Ross

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #11

    sorry nev, but you might aswell forget the transfer window.
    its gone to pot. no one is coming to the club in january. thats what happens when you sack your manager a week into the window’s opening.

  • Normag

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #12

    I think its a disgrace that Harry probably was MA first choice! And I dont like that it looks like CM & MA sacked BSA with noe one lined up to replace him! I hope we are all wrong, that the board have everything under control and that a new manager is beeing introduced too us early next week… I would love the likes of Mourinho, Hitzfeld, Van Gaal, Hiddink etc.

  • Matt

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #13

    exactly, we’d be stupid not to at least approach him. worst case scenario he says no (which he almost certainly will) and we’re no worse off. we might as well try for the best (Hiddnk, Hitzfeld etc.) only problem with Hitzfeld is he wont be here to end of season even on the odd chance he accepted but were not going to get relegated this season unless something truly remarkable happens so we can afford to take a little time and put the feelers out. at least

  • Nev

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #14

    graham – believe me i gave up on this a while ago haha
    if we do get the “rite” manager he prob will get the best out of our current squad but ill also be more reassured with some of his own signings
    and you never know the inter-toto may be our european saviour once again 😛

  • Graeme

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #15

    well said Graham. Write this season off as a bad dream, get the new man in place and work towards building the teams confidence.

    Come the summer window opening, he can then buy and SELL to get the players the club decide they need to take us into Europe.

    This could be the start of a new era at the club, lets hope it comes off!!!!!

  • Jack

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #16

    I think Mike Ashley has been taking too much advice from Freddy Shepherd. Sacking a manager without anyone lined up, then trying to sign a mediorce English manager to replace him. And I thought this was a new era.

  • alex

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #17

    jose is not coming as he knows he is not the 1st choice of the owner, who has a “VISION”!!!!

  • carl

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #18

    i think harrys done us a big favour, as ashley will be well aware we know he has turned us down and must surely know which direction to go in,he wants to please us and the only way he can do that is to go for a top coach.NON BRITISH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Punk Skunk

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #19

    Thank F**k igor has turned us down!..& Ball off with the Shearer or backward step of Keegan calls-STUPID!..Lippi or similar i.e. someone who nars what they’re doin’-PLEASE!.. Howay the Lads!..

  • alex

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #20

    Wake up. Mourhino !! We can’t even attract Harry!!

  • carl

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #21


  • Hammy

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #22

    Keegan? Shearer? Beardsley? Ferdinand? Albert? all tremendous ex players.

    But managers?

    History shows that great players don’t make great managers, Keegan showed that when the going got tough he got going, Shearer’s god like status could come crumbling down with a dismal run of results and it didn’t take long for the crowd to turn on ex Captain Roeder.

    Unfortunatey for the next manager, the average Newcastle supporters expectations have been blown up out of all proportion by the vast amounts of money squandered on the squad over the last 10 years, this of course was largely Sheperds fault.

    Fingers crossed for the next guy, but don’t hold your breath.

  • KevinHann

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #23

    rofl guys so Harry refused a 5mil/year contract being currently paid 750,000 per annum, and we believe we can lure Jose with money? How much do we have to offer him? 50mil/year? The guy just got 20 mil at once, he can afford going to a different country now (which is what HE HAS SAID IS HIS AMBITION – to succeed in different countries!) without bothering for the stupid big-money offers from desperate mediocre clubs. He laughs these off. And the media laugh them off with him. Go to Jose, get a second no, then go to which big name specialist and tell him “well Jose turned us down, and so did Harry Redknapp… no, not Reid Nap, Redknapp, he is a big name in England… hey, where are you going?”
    Break your illusions, blind fans! We have no superplan. Nor a big name candidate. We are struggling to bring in a good reputation manager, not world class one. So sit down on your bottoms, cross fingers and pray we get at least that soon enough so that he can at least make some moves in the market (no, not Ronaldinho, but probably some 1-2 mil jerk to fill the gap Barton left)
    Sorry to be so brutal but I am getting massively nervous watching all the pink elephants flying around in this blog.
    A song for some mood:
    Guano Apes – Open Your Eyes

  • Ed Harrison

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #24

    alex – I did say I was probably in a dream about Mourinho. 😀

  • Punk Skunk

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #25

    Thank Phuk Igor has not come in, he knew he wasn’t wanted- nowt to do with loyalty!.. Please don’t give us Shearer…Let’s not go backwards with Keegan, he let us down last time-DER!..
    …LIPPI or similar i.e. someone proper, that knows what they’re doin!..Howay the Lads!..

  • PK

    Jan 12, 2008 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #26

    Ashley want the best? then it should be mourinho as easily as that.Honostly i dont think that the Porto team wich won Champions League with mourinho is better than Newcastle.It would be a challenge for mourinho..and if we can pay him we should get him.And Shearer as assistant manager would be great.Well it sounds kind of “that will never happen”..but if Ashly try it could.

  • Ben

    Jan 12, 2008 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #27

    Anyone that thinks we have a chance of attracting a manager like Mourinho is deluding themselves.

    He is waiting for a job at one of the Milan clubs, Barca or Real, any of which could conceivably be available in the summer.

    He is not going to come to a struggling mid table Premieship team which sacks its managers about once a season.

  • Steeley

    Jan 12, 2008 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #28

    Thank God for that! The only worrying thing is that the club were offering the job to him in the first place….he obviously was their choice! Oh dear, is that their idea of a “great” manager was….I fear they will turn to Hughes now which would be disastrous…

  • AdamCF

    Jan 12, 2008 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #29

    Surely, we can prise Avram Grant away from Chelski.

  • Punk Skunk

    Jan 12, 2008 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #30

    Well said Steeley…Sad init?..PLEASE NO ONE BRITISH!..

  • Steeley

    Jan 12, 2008 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #31

    Its very naive of the owner/chairman to think that we MUST have an English manager (has this rumour been confirmed btw)….becuase if Arry has indeed turned us down, one of the current managers in English football to not have already said they dont want it is Mark Hughes…..which isnt good. I have a feeling that Hughes will turn into a Souness type figure. He might b a step up from Sam, but certainly nowhere near where we should be heading…

  • obafemimartins

    Jan 12, 2008 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #32

    We could always go for Sir Alex Ferguson. British, Experienced and sucessful

  • tgeordie

    Jan 12, 2008 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #33

    yeah fair enough we can go for him but he cant until the summer, when he left chelsea there was a clause to say he cant manage in the prem again this season. so wot would we do until then.

  • pip

    Jan 12, 2008 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #34

    I`ll be honest, I`m a Chelsea supporter with a brother living in Gosforth…..near the golf course actually……and yes Mourinho would be an ideal choice…as would certain others, like Lippi for example. The reason why is that their are too many players living well within their comfort zone at Newcastle, and this is the most urgent point that needs addressing. I`m afraid that for young guys with a lot of cash, Newcastle can provide too many easy distractions on the cheap.

  • Realist

    Jan 12, 2008 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #35

    Punk skunk, get real, ball off with Shearer/ Keegan – and go for who?
    We arent going to get Lippi, Mourinho, Hiddink – no chance, if Harry Redknapp dosent want the job do you think any of those would?
    Get real, its a choice of Hughes, McClaren or Shearer and inexperience or not I know who id prefer – DER!

  • valle

    Jan 12, 2008 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #36

    Imo its all about getting a manager with TOP CLUB experience now. Sam was to long to adjust to being at a bigger club and unfortunatly it cost him… As i have said many times before, Hiddink would be the best choice, tho he wont come. Leaving Mourinho as far the best choice… We wont play offensive, but we will play passing and holding football and that can be a beauty in itself.

  • valle

    Jan 12, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #37

    obafemimartins… Thats dreaming and u know it… He has slated us alrdy for being such a circus and he would never leave Manure for ANYONE, that being Barca, Milan or us.

  • Frankieboy

    Jan 12, 2008 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #38

    Mourinho is destined for bigger elsewhere in Europe.
    Hitzfeld or Hiddink. Am sure the money and transfer kitty Mike Ashley was offering Harry would tempt either of them.
    Houllier is still the dark horse.

  • Realist

    Jan 12, 2008 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #39

    Its no wonder we get labelled ‘fickle’ and are told we have ‘unrealistic’ ideas when we are discussing wether it should be Mourinho or Hiddink!
    The choices are plain for all to see now Redknapp has pulled out, its either Hughes, McClaren, Shearer or maybe at best Jol, thats yer lot.
    You can dream on about a world class, won it all manager because we will not get one, so take your pick from the 4 ‘realistic’ targets – delusion will lead to dissapointment. Aim low and maybe the appointment of Shearer will surprise you.

  • Frankieboy

    Jan 12, 2008 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #40

    Money talks in all walks of life and that also applies to any job.


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