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Harry Backs Bobby Robson – Shearer Perfect

6:24 pm, Sunday, January 13th, 2008 by Ed Harrison · 119 Comments

Harry Redknapp has today backed Bobby Robson’s belief that Shearer should be given the job of Newcastle United manager.


Alan Shearer - Harry backs Bobby – get Shearer!

Harry talked today to Sky Sports about the vacant manager position at Newcastle United:

“I’d give Alan Shearer the job. I think he’s perfect for it. Experience doesn’t matter because he understands football,”

“Roy Keane hasn’t got the experience and he knows what he’s doing. He’s different class and he’s going right to the top. There’s no reason Alan Shearer can’t do that as well.”

“He’d set the place alight and the fans would love him. You could bring a couple of experienced people in alongside him and it wouldn’t be a problem for him.”

“Because of what he means to the place and what the fans think of him and what a player he’s been, he’d be absolutely perfect. I wouldn’t want to see any further than Alan Shearer.”

It’s going to be a difficult choice for Ashley and Mort, because neither of them, by their own admission, are footballing men. Here are two of the best, Harry and Bobby and they should at least listen to them.

We hope Chris and Mike are at least using the great football wisdom of Sir Bobby Robson, who seems to be supporting the club at every game, and is a true supporter, and just wants the club to do well.

Mike should hire Bobby as some kind of mentor or adviser for himself, at least in the short term, until he learns the ropes about managing a football team.

Harry knows what he’s talking about too, and since Harry turned the job down and knows what’s required, his opinion should carry some weight.


Harry Redknapp - quite content at Portsmouth

Harry went on to better explain his decision to turn down Newcastle, reiterating that he is quite content at Fratton Park:

“It was a great opportunity for me to go and manage one of the great football clubs. I understand all that. Some people will say I made the right move and some people will say I should have taken it,”

“Everyone’s got their own opinions but we all have our own lives. Everybody’s got to do what they want to do with their own life, and I love my life.”

“I enjoy going to work every day. If I didn’t like the place, if I didn’t like the owner or if I didn’t like the players I’d have been up there like a shot, but there was no need for me to change.”

Well, it’s been an action packed 4 days for Newcastle fans, since Big Sam was sacked last Wednesday, and to say it’s not been all good , would be an understatement.

Let’s hope we can get our new manager in place soon, and at least before next Saturday’s game against Bolton at St. James’ Park. We need some points on the board, and we should be able to beat Bolton Wanderers – well we hope we can.
Comments welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News


119 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Obafan // Jan 13, 2008 at 6:30 PM

    As I’m the first one to comment on this. I will not comment on this article now (maybe later), but I’ve got a question.

    When do you think that a new manager will be announced????

    Perhaps a question for all the betting sites non the web ;-)

  • 2 milnerfan // Jan 13, 2008 at 6:30 PM

    O no, just read on sky text that souness would be happy to come and manage the magpies agen! Shearer would do ok at newcastle, cant c him winning prem thoe. Would have respect of players, but dont think the tatics etc would be good enough.

  • 3 scott9 // Jan 13, 2008 at 6:31 PM

    i agree i would giv then job to shearer peoaple would give him time cos hes a legand and i believe he will end up a great young manager plus there are not many great managersvailable at the moment that we are realisticly able to get so i would give it to shearer plus he watches newcastle alot so should now how good the players are so give him it now and he can get syraight into the transfer window.

  • 4 ObaFan2 // Jan 13, 2008 at 6:33 PM

    ha ha ha ha hahahahahaahahahaha.

    This story is crazy (not Ed’s but SJP & new manager), everyone has their own view but we’ve got to wait for MA to decide and I personally think it’s a done deal……..

    BUT WHO?

    Well we’ve got to wait n see. Hopefully very soon because we need cover (players) desperately after yesterdays shambles.

  • 5 thelongshanks // Jan 13, 2008 at 6:34 PM

    If he isnt gonna go for a top european manager and he wants someone in England then give it to shearer.He would be a cheap appointment and he know the kinda players we like to see.As MA

  • 6 Ed Harrison // Jan 13, 2008 at 6:37 PM

    Obafan – I hope we get somebody before Wednesday and if not – then before Bolton next Saturday.
    There are 17 days left right now in the transfer window and we would think Chris and Mike want the new manager to be able to get 2-3 good players in – if they are available.

  • 7 Ed Harrison // Jan 13, 2008 at 6:37 PM

    ObaFan2 – who do you think Mike wants????

  • 8 Tom_Toon // Jan 13, 2008 at 6:39 PM

    Mike wants van Gaal, it was slightly revealed today.

  • 9 Ed Harrison // Jan 13, 2008 at 6:39 PM

    Hang on – there’s word we have signed Jose Mourinho as manager – hold on a minute.

  • 10 b3v // Jan 13, 2008 at 6:43 PM

    ed!!! my god i hope your not kidding

  • 11 ObaFan2 // Jan 13, 2008 at 6:44 PM

    TBH Ed I’ve no idea but happy it isn’t HR if you hadn’t already guessed lol.

    I’ve stopped speculating and will be happy to back whoever it is now….. alsong as it isn’t ***************************************
    well that list is smaller than before lol.

  • 12 JC // Jan 13, 2008 at 6:44 PM

    That’s a very cruel windup. Where on earth did you hear that?

  • 13 Tom_Toon // Jan 13, 2008 at 6:44 PM

    ED your such a joker mate.

  • 14 Ed Harrison // Jan 13, 2008 at 6:46 PM

    Ooops sorry – wrong again.
    Yes you’re right I’m a joker – but I bet I had some of you guessing – I’d hit the ceiling if it was really true.
    :D :D

  • 15 b3v // Jan 13, 2008 at 6:47 PM


  • 16 Ed Harrison // Jan 13, 2008 at 6:47 PM

    Just trying to lighten things up a bit :D
    Hey – it might happen.

  • 17 toonoholic // Jan 13, 2008 at 6:49 PM

    i heard we signed souness again ED .

    beat that for a joke ?

  • 18 JC // Jan 13, 2008 at 6:50 PM

    I don’t think Mourinho will even be approached.

    If the plethora of Shearer endorsements are anything to go by, he’s the frontrunner. Perhaps Mourinho’s style of football doesn’t fit in with Ashley’s ‘Man U clobbering’ dream. Shame really!

    Let’s hope we make an approach for good ol’ Ottmar.

  • 19 KevinHann // Jan 13, 2008 at 6:51 PM

    It can be worse than Souness.

  • 20 chuck // Jan 13, 2008 at 6:52 PM

    Without seeming to be boastfull .I suggested exactly this in a comment recently. Shearer
    could learn from one of the best managers in the game (still dont understand why Sir Bobby was fired) could also benefit from his contacts etc.
    Hey! who knows?
    Better than Arry and the out of a job loosers like Souness, O`Leary etc.

  • 21 Ed Harrison // Jan 13, 2008 at 6:53 PM

    Yes – I just read what Graeme says – he reckons Shepherd more or less picked the players. But at least he’s being positive about the job and says he’ll take it in a heart-beat – and he’s being very positive about Newcastle and fans etc.
    Really do think we’ll have a manager in 2-3 days – hope so :D

  • 22 toonoholic // Jan 13, 2008 at 6:53 PM


  • 23 Ed Harrison // Jan 13, 2008 at 6:54 PM

    picked the players in the transfer market that is.

  • 24 b3v // Jan 13, 2008 at 6:55 PM

    i don’t think i have ever pressed the refresh button so many times on a website. you just wait ed, we’ll get you back! :)

  • 25 Halliday // Jan 13, 2008 at 6:56 PM

    Shearer for me. Don’t care what anyone says. He’s the one for the job.

  • 26 Michael // Jan 13, 2008 at 6:57 PM

    Newcastle’s problem is we do not get a world class manager,
    -Keegan is not world class;
    -Ruud Gulitt is not world class.
    -Bobby Robson was not world class
    -Souness is not world class
    -Glen Roeder is not world class
    - Sam Allerdyce is not world class.

    Yet we paid salaries to all the guys what other world class managers around the world were not even getting .

    Why pay Harry Redknapp £5Mill a year, when he has won nothing? We wanted to get Harry for that amount. Why not Gus Hiddinks, Mourinhos, Scolaris, if we can afford to pay Harry that much then please get that extravagant manager. Please, do not employ mediocrity. Employing mediocrity brings mediocre results, do not complain.

  • 27 toonoholic // Jan 13, 2008 at 6:57 PM

    however its funny he offered the job to harry redknapp. thats not as promising as it sounds does it ?

  • 28 andyc290 // Jan 13, 2008 at 6:58 PM

    Mourinho has been spotted playing on the Deal or No Deal bandit in the Bensham Jockey on Bensham Bank – PaddyPower are offering odds of 10-1 that he will stop off at the Ping On for chips and curry sauce on his way back to the B n B he’s staying at on Gateshead High St.

    Do you think we should read anything into this?

  • 29 andyc290 // Jan 13, 2008 at 7:00 PM

    And Michael I disagree with you about Bobby. He was world class – look at the clubs he managed and what he did at World Cup 1990 with England.

  • 30 andyc290 // Jan 13, 2008 at 7:01 PM

    Souness knows hes not up to the job. He just wants another big pay day.

  • 31 Hammy // Jan 13, 2008 at 7:04 PM

    Redknapp played attractive football at West Ham while on a shoe string budget, while he’s obviously dodgy you can’t fault his passion for the game. I thought he came accross well in the “why I didn’t take it” interviews….

  • 32 toonoholic // Jan 13, 2008 at 7:06 PM

    which part of world class manager does arry fit in ?

    dint sam acheive what arry did ?

  • 33 Michael // Jan 13, 2008 at 7:10 PM

    Perhaps, Bobby Robson was world class, he did do well at Newcastle which may justify this, But do you see the trend here, Poor managers, poor performances. It is simple. Sam at Bolton was not that successful. Look at the past seasons and judge for yourself. Where have they finished.

    In business you bench mark yourself on what the best are doing, right? Mort and Ashley are business men, why is this not obvious to them.

    The best teams in the league have world class managers, save Chelsea, since Mourinho left. And they Occupy the top four positions. Before Liverpool had Benitez, and Chelsea had the Italian dude, they were not in the top four, We had Robson, who I think we can debate is world class. We were in the top four / five.

    Get a world class manager, gives the board the confidence to back him, what makes him world class is he is tactically adroit, good eye for players entice players to a club, motivate them as well. Once all that happens, we will be in the top four / five – six.

  • 34 heads23552 // Jan 13, 2008 at 7:11 PM

    It must be Shearer, hes been spotted in Newcastle. Actually what experience did Mourinho have before he went to porto, he hung around Sir Bobby. There is your answer.

  • 35 toonoholic // Jan 13, 2008 at 7:12 PM

    lol @ the italian dude … ranieri is currently doing good with juve though he failed with valencia .. speaking of which, does anybody know where flores is ?

  • 36 ToonKing // Jan 13, 2008 at 7:12 PM

    that was cruel Ed, really below the belt……………. :(

  • 37 Hammy // Jan 13, 2008 at 7:14 PM

    Yeah, everyone can spot a world class manager with hind sight, why don’t we trawl the Japanese J league and see if there are any frenchmen with dodgy hairstyles available.

  • 38 ELFER // Jan 13, 2008 at 7:16 PM

    if you look at the current squad there are many good french speaking lads, so it would make sense to have a french manager too.

    there’s some one available who already managed owen at liverpool…yes, HOULLIER!

    and thats simply why he would be the best choice!!!

  • 39 Steve H // Jan 13, 2008 at 7:17 PM

    Nice one ED !!!
    just texted all my mates with the news ,they all immediately tuned in to sky sports !! hehe

  • 40 toonoholic // Jan 13, 2008 at 7:17 PM

    surely we cld search in the scottish league too then

  • 41 Hammy // Jan 13, 2008 at 7:20 PM

    Just driven down Darras Hall and there are a couple of mobile satellite tv trucks outside his house, is he doing his own tv channel or something?

  • 42 Hammy // Jan 13, 2008 at 7:21 PM

    Shearer that is…

  • 43 ELFER // Jan 13, 2008 at 7:23 PM

    shearer is legend but to manage toons alone would kill his record…he needs someone experienced beside him. My choice would be HOULLIER and shearer beside him, so that he can learn.

  • 44 toonoholic // Jan 13, 2008 at 7:25 PM

    what are the odds for the managerial position like ?

  • 45 ELFER // Jan 13, 2008 at 7:28 PM

  • 46 Obafan // Jan 13, 2008 at 7:28 PM

    Imagine this in the monday morning papers:

    MA reveils who the new manager is: GRAEME SOUNESS

  • 47 // Jan 13, 2008 at 7:29 PM

    Souness coming? Shearer got no experience… He will only get respect from other players that’s it.

  • 48 ELFER // Jan 13, 2008 at 7:30 PM

    would you trust in the 2nd coming of GRAEME SOUNESS? I’m not really convinced of him…what’s your opinion on HOULLIER?

  • 49 Hammy // Jan 13, 2008 at 7:30 PM

    Shearer in charge and he consults the day before a game and we pick the team. Big Al tells us who has been shit hot in training and who has been shit and we have a quick debate amongst ourselves and settle on a starting line up and formation.
    Shearer will be in the dugout with his laptop as we give him some “advice”.

    Jobs a good un…..

  • 50 Hadrian // Jan 13, 2008 at 7:35 PM

    Mike is either going to give it to keegan and shearer if they will take it , or will go for the best possible guy he can get .
    public opinion wont be lost on him , card’s on the table now with the notw interview , now he’s gonna start running this like a powerhouse club it should be .
    i was gutted he didnt have a replacement lined up, but think you can assume he was pretty confident about harry due to kemsley(prat) , the fact he was lining up harry is gutting , but im betting its cos of the money he was going to start throwing around he wanted it tobe someone pretty close to him and his friends who would be playing with this money .

    wish i knew the truth about all of sam’s signings , to say he got sacked as the board didnt like what he was doing with the money , then you hear stories of he wasnt allowed the cash for elano,anelka and modric , so he went with barton,smith ect.
    we will never know till sam retires and writes his book ehh .

  • 51 Obafan // Jan 13, 2008 at 7:37 PM

    Hammy – If things are not good then we can blame ourselves by picking the nwrong formation and players ;-) hehe

    I really would applause if Houllier was the man announced. He has done good work in the past and he knows lots of European players which he can go after. Perhaps Juninho (Lyon link) ;-)

  • 52 Hadrian // Jan 13, 2008 at 7:38 PM

    ohh, where the hell is keegan? you would think with all the stories the press would be chasing him like mad , every other manager the toon has ever had’s came out of the woodwork?
    where the hell is kevin?

  • 53 ELFER // Jan 13, 2008 at 7:38 PM

    pretty sure he didn’t get mouch enough money!! also he wanted to buy HUTTON I’m sure…but that’s past now…future starts with HOULLIER!

  • 54 Obafan // Jan 13, 2008 at 7:39 PM

    Hadrian – even then we won’t know??

  • 55 billy // Jan 13, 2008 at 7:39 PM

    hammy would we get paid? im not doing it otherwise.

  • 56 Tom_Toon // Jan 13, 2008 at 7:41 PM

    Keegan, Shearer, van Gaal, Houllier are definitely the front runners no matter what the bookies say.

    I’ve seen something written about MA admiring van Gaal.

    Jol is near the top but why would a spurs fan go for him, especially when he is best mates with Kemsley who wanted to sack him?

  • 57 ELFER // Jan 13, 2008 at 7:42 PM

    HOULLIER and we’re up for europe! He knows all about new coming french stars and we will get em first!

  • 58 toonoholic // Jan 13, 2008 at 7:43 PM

    you need to switch off the computer right away .. hammy

  • 59 Hammy // Jan 13, 2008 at 7:43 PM

    billy….we’d need contracts, err and agents so we don’t get fleeced…..

  • 60 nightfall // Jan 13, 2008 at 7:45 PM

    i don’t like houllier, but if we actually do get him, at least he could bring benzema, ben arfa, juninho, etc with him :D

  • 61 ELFER // Jan 13, 2008 at 7:46 PM

    yes, and not only of this he’s worth the money! ;-)

  • 62 toonoholic // Jan 13, 2008 at 7:46 PM

    toom toon… all i remember is ashley praising mark hughes …

  • 63 billy // Jan 13, 2008 at 7:47 PM

    cool ill ring eric hall 90k a week and fresh stotties home delivered……

  • 64 Tom_Toon // Jan 13, 2008 at 7:47 PM

    Na, ive defintely read something about him admiring van Gaal.

    God, i hope the manager isnt Hughes.

  • 65 Edd Case // Jan 13, 2008 at 7:48 PM

    If we dont get Mourinho in, Shearer’s the next best thing.

    Mourinho is a man of passion and has mentioned Newcastle fans and the passion in Newcastle before – he’d like it here.
    However, the only stumbling block with Mourinho would be his own ambitions. If he has his mind and heart set on Barcelona or AC Milan etc, then we will not have a chance.
    If he’s been contacted and the package put to him, he may well be mulling it over and weighing all the pros and cons.

    Shearer is the only other person available who would be more passionate about getting it right. There’s so much motivation for him too.

    So, with Mike’s backing and a sound chairman in Mort, the sky’s potentially the limit with either of those two.

    Anyone else just doesn’t do it for me, Keegan included, the old, ‘been there……etc’

  • 66 Hammy // Jan 13, 2008 at 7:49 PM

    Ed will need a piece of the action too……..
    we ganna win the league!!!!

  • 67 Hammy // Jan 13, 2008 at 7:51 PM

    Mourinho still has a point to prove, there is nothing he’d like better than putting one over Kenyon and his Russian mafia boss, that’s why I thinnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

  • 68 billy // Jan 13, 2008 at 7:53 PM

    na hammy ive changed my mind im happy where i am …

  • 69 toonoholic // Jan 13, 2008 at 7:54 PM

    if we get mclaren or hughes …

    ED do us a favour and close this blog…

  • 70 t-g-w // Jan 13, 2008 at 8:12 PM

    Houllier knows all the up and coming French players? Like Cisse and Sinama Pongle? Now those are the kind of players we want at our club. REal world beaters. Or did you mean the likes of Vladimir Smicer?

    And to be honest I think I would rather have Hughes over Houllier.

  • 71 Tom_Toon // Jan 13, 2008 at 8:19 PM

    Just appoint a decent manager and buy Chikhaoui, full proof plan, future worlds best player.

  • 72 tez131 // Jan 13, 2008 at 8:30 PM

    Tom_Toon – you make a good point we not only need a new manager but also a few new players.
    How much you think Chikhaoui would cost us? I agree, he is a special player in the makin. Just whaat we need.

    So I have heard £20 mil reported will be given to our new manager any suggestions on available talent?

  • 73 ToonKing // Jan 13, 2008 at 8:34 PM

    20 mil is nowt, he should be given 30-40 at least.

  • 74 Tom_Toon // Jan 13, 2008 at 8:34 PM

    Depends on what positions need filling, central midfield is by far our worst position.

    We just need someone good not brilliant, because our central midfield at the moment is dire and is dragging us down.

    You seen Chikhaoui then? Not many people have. Hes defintely going to be a special player, not sure he could walk the ball round 8 players or so in a harder league though, maybe 4 or 5 :)

    Chikhaoui could be a contender for attacking mid, can also play as the big striker or on the wing if needed.

    I hear Bayern Munich and Lyon are leading the chase at like 15 mil euros, so thats 12 mil or so.

    Id take Chikhaoui over Diego any day.

  • 75 Tom_Toon // Jan 13, 2008 at 8:38 PM

    20 mil is ok + we will have more if we sell player. Its only really good if we get a world class manager who looks in untapped places for talent, not discovered talent that will cost a bomb.

  • 76 tez131 // Jan 13, 2008 at 8:48 PM

    I must admitt the guy looks talented – could be our Ibrahimovic.
    He is 6ft 2.5″ and got great feet.
    I would welcome him to our att mid.
    We still after Diarra? He would be a good DM for us. This would transform our midfield and greatly improve team and proformances!!

  • 77 Ashton // Jan 13, 2008 at 9:00 PM

    McDonald Mariga will solve our problems in CM position we can get him for 1 million !
    and i want to see Mamadou Sakho in the toon he is the lefty Micha Richards

    Chikhaoui is great but we can’t afford him imo

  • 78 tommyy // Jan 13, 2008 at 9:06 PM

    We need a manager first lads!, who is on the same wavelength as us supporters and will bring in these special players.


  • 79 ELFER // Jan 13, 2008 at 9:06 PM

    woah god I really must have over readen myself…do you REALLY talk about THE Chikhaoui who is playing in switzerland currently?? seriously?? I’m swiss and he’s not even worth one million £!!!! so you must be joking

    we are all mad about this club! we are special! so there’s only one true solution: the special one

  • 80 Tom_Toon // Jan 13, 2008 at 9:08 PM

    Did you read the McDonald Mariga ting from skysports rumours page, they said he still plays for Helsingborgs, shows how much they know, he plays for Parma.

    We defintely need to sort our centre midfield then we will be doing a hell of alot better.

  • 81 Tom_Toon // Jan 13, 2008 at 9:09 PM

    Take it your not a FCZ fan. Probably a grasshopper.

  • 82 dylan2k7 // Jan 13, 2008 at 9:12 PM

    go to my site
    and sign for the forum plz

  • 83 tez131 // Jan 13, 2008 at 9:15 PM

    I have told my boss, that if the toon come knocking on my door I will have to hand in my notice. :)

    I promise to play4-4-2 with wingers and buy a top creative att mid.
    I’ll play players in the correct position.
    And give my all to the club and our amazing fans.
    I will even accept £1000 per/week :)

  • 84 tommyy // Jan 13, 2008 at 9:15 PM

    dylan… thats like a worse version of this site? and has the same name :S and do you have permission to take those transfer sheets from Why not just use this site? its better.

  • 85 alan olivier // Jan 13, 2008 at 9:32 PM

    THE CHRONICLE understands newcastle utd will make a move for osama bin laden and his 35 brothers

  • 86 Ashton // Jan 13, 2008 at 9:36 PM

    i know he plays for parma you F%&k
    he was linked with us before” fat sam wanted him ” and he is decent player i’v seen him before in seria A and he is better than geremi smith butt

    so shut up and f&%k off

  • 87 UTD111 // Jan 13, 2008 at 9:36 PM

    “Thats what these fans want – and you have to give these fans what they want, theyve supported the club for so long and they deserve it” – Kevin Keegan 1996 on the day Sir Alan signed for United.
    Come On!!!!

  • 88 James // Jan 13, 2008 at 9:39 PM

    If Mike wants a new era at Newcastle and a man of the people that will build the team over a number of years, and have the fans in his corner at all times, then Shearer is the man.

    It is a huge gamble. But let’s roll the dice and let the prodical son lead us to the promised land.

  • 89 ToonKing // Jan 13, 2008 at 9:40 PM

    okay lads i have some breakin’ news!!!!!

    As probably most of u guys i’m stuck on the net for the last few days. I have a Newcastle thread on the Fifa Manager forums,

    and on of the blokes there wrote this there :

    ” It could be unrelated to Newcastle United but there was a private jet flying into Newcastle this afternoon about 3pm, the last two times I’ve seen private jets we had signed Duff and Allardyce within a few days”

    “I live on (or indeed under) the main flightpath into Newcastle Aiport”

    what do you think ???? i’m hoping were in for an “official statement” tomorrow!!!

  • 90 Hadrian // Jan 13, 2008 at 9:42 PM

    fifa manager? whats that like then ?
    tried to get stuck back into football manager again , but it just doesnt offer enough ingame tactics . its more of a player trading game .

  • 91 dylan2k7 // Jan 13, 2008 at 9:42 PM

    tommyy dose this site have a forum

  • 92 geordiejayne13 // Jan 13, 2008 at 9:43 PM

    I just read on the top of these comments the bit about Bobby. I had to come straight to the bottom and comment.

    Bobby was and is world class. Look at the clubs he managed, Barca to name but one. Jeeeeeeeeez if you manage them and win a trophy, YOU ARE WORLD CLASS.

    What he did at Newcastle in the Champs league was amazing and should have had another couple of years to boot.

    Please check your facts about Bobby Michael

  • 93 Tom_Toon // Jan 13, 2008 at 9:45 PM

    Wow Ashton calm it mate, it was a question not a statement.

    You cant have seen too much of him for Parma, he hasnt played many games to date, ive only seen him for Helsingborgs, looked pretty good.

    He has never been linked with us anyway.

  • 94 Hammy // Jan 13, 2008 at 9:45 PM

    sorry mate that was me on the private jet, me mrs prefers to shop at Kingston Park, ya kna what these women are like…….

  • 95 James // Jan 13, 2008 at 9:48 PM

    It was most likely Ashley who will have come back early to kick some ass

  • 96 UTD111 // Jan 13, 2008 at 9:48 PM

    Was it not Mikey Ashton coming back from Hong Kong? (into London – private jet to the Toon?)

  • 97 UTD111 // Jan 13, 2008 at 9:49 PM

    Sorry that was meant to say Mikey Ashtoon lol

  • 98 ToonKing // Jan 13, 2008 at 9:49 PM

    @Hadrian, great game mate Fifa Manager is. much more fun than Football Manager. Great advantage that it has 3D games and it’s highly customizable. By now there are patches for every league and country in the world and many patches for the 3D game which make it really realistic and fun.
    I find Football manager really boring tbh, i much rather watch a 3d game with where you can see your tactics work and players work their magic than watch some sliding buttons.

  • 99 Hammy // Jan 13, 2008 at 9:50 PM

    Who’s Mikey Ashton?

  • 100 Tom_Toon // Jan 13, 2008 at 9:50 PM

    its was into newcastle and would he take a private jet to hong kong? I dont think so.

  • 101 Tom_Toon // Jan 13, 2008 at 9:51 PM

    Only play fifa 08 with my mates, never played fm or fifa manager.

  • 102 James // Jan 13, 2008 at 9:58 PM

    I still believe if you met Ashley on the street and asked him if he thought Shearer should be manager he would laugh. I don’t think he sees that option as a serious one at all.

    We’ve even heard Mort saying he knows what Shearer means to the fans but they need a man of experience. If that doesn’t tell you that Shearer isn’t being considered I don’t know what will.

  • 103 alan olivier // Jan 13, 2008 at 10:12 PM

    the fans will show patience if big al becomes toon manager

  • 104 alan olivier // Jan 13, 2008 at 10:16 PM

    sadly sir bobby is past his time. see him before every match and he looks ill. there is only one man for the job SHEARER

  • 105 Leo* // Jan 13, 2008 at 10:18 PM

    either mourinho is not even considering the offer(or prospective) offer from us realistic, or it interests him because he has rejected the rumours about liverpool but not newcastle,19528,11661_3044705,00.html

  • 106 Jack // Jan 13, 2008 at 10:36 PM

    “The statement insisted that neither Mourinho nor his agent Jorge Mendes had had contact with any club regarding a possible return to management.”

    That may also be to avoid attention though…

  • 107 Shearer's the man // Jan 13, 2008 at 10:51 PM

    James, you take Mort & Ashley too literally. These are the same guys who told us the week before Allardyce was sacked that it was all tedious nonsense and they had no intention of sacking him. They will spin the press for their own ends and I for one don’t blame them for keeping that lot at arms length. They certainly wouldn’t laugh at the suggestion.

    The only thing if anything, I think might hold them back is because Shearer wouldn’t be Ashley’s man he would be ours!

  • 108 nightfall // Jan 13, 2008 at 10:58 PM

    Shearer’s the man – “…Shearer wouldn’t be Ashley’s man he would be ours!” not even 10% of fans voted for him, so speak only for them!

  • 109 Number 9 // Jan 13, 2008 at 10:58 PM

    Time to get real. We are not going to get mourinho he’s only in the betting coz he’s out of work till the summer when he will take Real or some other job.
    What do we all think of Sparky, no one mentions him and he’s fav.
    Why have the odds on Gordon Strachan been cut so much.
    Lets get real who do you fancy if that’s the choice.
    Has to be Al or KK ?
    All the reports are that Hughes is waiting for Man U. If the experts reckon he’s that good, why shouldn’t we give him a shot. What could he achieve on a bigger stage with a bigger budget ?

  • 110 Shearer's the man // Jan 13, 2008 at 11:04 PM

    I think you missed the point nightfall…too subtle!

  • 111 Tom_Toon // Jan 13, 2008 at 11:08 PM

    van Gaal please, if not then get the ‘dream ticket’.

  • 112 Obafan // Jan 13, 2008 at 11:21 PM

    Number 9 – What has Strachan proved that you mention his name here? Okay with Celtic he had good results, but let’s be honnes the only 2 teams in Scotland that are from a good level are the 2 Glasgow clubs, so NO for Strachan…

    Hughes, no I just think that it can recreate a Souness period; I don’t want that to happen.

  • 113 Bailey // Jan 13, 2008 at 11:42 PM

    Would everyone spouting his bloody name PLEASE PLEASE shut up about Shearer

  • 114 Astidores Sanchez Blanco // Jan 13, 2008 at 11:53 PM

    Newcastle have got a lot to prove. They must try to ensure that over the next five to ten years continuity prevails. That starts with the managerial appointment because they need to employ a man to whom the fans are going to take.

    Souness and Roeder were doomed from day one simply because the fans did not want them. So you have to draw up a list of candidates and canvass the opinions of the fans, who do you want in charge?

    Then you have to be bold and brave enough to say at the press conference, be it Mort or Ashley, that this is our man and we are sticking with him over the long term.

    The fans and the players have got to be united with the manager or you are going to have big problems.

    I think, personally, that the next manager needs the end of this season and the whole of next season before any judgement can be made. There is a lot of work to be done.

    The problem is how many successful managers have there been at Newcastle in the last 20 years? 2.

    That shows the problem which a new man must face.

    You need a man who has won things.

    I would take Jose Mourinho because he is a world class manager. He has won trophies, most notably winning the European Cup with Porto, a team outside the top three leagues in Europe of Italy, Spain and England.

    The fans would back Jose. If he doesn’t bring all out attacking football then he will at least turn us into winners and then you can bring in the flair and excitement.

    We will see.

  • 115 Clouded // Jan 14, 2008 at 12:13 AM

    How about Chris Coleman? He seemed pretty good at Fulham with limited funds. I also seem to remember him having attack minded tactics

  • 116 ObaFan2 // Jan 14, 2008 at 12:50 AM

    What is a greater challenge?

    Keep a top club at the top like Real,Barca,Man U , Arsenal,Milan etc


    Take a club with a tremendous history and fan base who haven’t achieved the very top for 50 years?

    If Jose really wanted to test himself I would say the later is a bigger test. Now I’m not saying it would neccesarily be Newcastle but there are clubs around Europe like Newcastle say in Italy for eg. Maybe Jose would take a team to the top in the Italian league instead of continuing to keep a succesful club succesful.

    but u never know, football is a stange game nowadays with surprises around every corner.

    As for previous managers:

    Dalglish winner as a footballer and manager.

    Bobby Robson respected as top manager throughout Europe and WINNER.

    Graeme Souness winner as a footballer and manager.

  • 117 m. // Jan 14, 2008 at 4:01 AM

    Scolari would be fantastic!

  • 118 Hadji // Jan 14, 2008 at 6:12 AM

    Whoever our next manager is,he would definetly need to make a comlete reconstruction of the team.
    Start with at least 60 mill transfer funds,then sell:
    Owen-12 mill
    Cacapa-1 mill
    Smith-5 mill
    Carr-1 mill
    Butt-1 mill
    Geremi-3 mill
    Barton-4 mill
    Then we have 87 mill for transfers
    Quaresma-15 mill
    Kallstrom-9 mill
    Pandev-14 mill
    Van Der Vaart-17 mill
    Mexes-14 mill
    Maniche-4 mill
    Deco-9 mill
    Dede-5 mill
    …………Van Der Vaart……….
    Top 4 at any given day.

  • 119 scott9 // Jan 14, 2008 at 1:42 PM

    hadji dream on and dont mean to be picky but maniche has gone to inter milan van der vart is going to juva quaresma wake up and mexes no chance kallstrom possibly if the manager that came in wanted him he would be a great signing

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