John Hall Backs Houllier As Newcastle Manager

The Newcastle United search for the first new manager in the Mike Ashley era goes on, after Harry Redknapp dramatically turned down the Newcastle terrific offer, just before noon yesterday.


Sir John Hall – welcoming £15M Alan Shearer in summer, 1996

And of course Mike is getting an awful lot of help from various people about who the new Newcastle manager should be, not too surprisingly.

Life President and former chairman Sir John Hall has spoken to BBC5 Live’s Sportsweek, about three potential new managers at Newcastle United, starting with Alan Shearer – but surprisingly thinks neither one of the three, Shearer, Keegan or Houllier would accept the job, for different reasons.

Sir John Hall said today:

“Alan is the most dedicated professional I have ever met and a great man. But he would want to come in at the right time, and now is probably too early,”

“Kevin has had his time and I don’t think he and his family would want to return.”

Hall is a long-time admirer of former Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier, who just finished a successful spell managing Lyon, and now works for the French Football Federation as technical director.

Sir John continued:

“Gerard did a fine job at Lyon and I feel he could do it at Newcastle, but I don’t think he would leave his new role,”

But Hall has firmly backed new Newcastle owner Mike Ashley to turn things around at Newcastle. Hall thinks Ashley will then reward the St James’ Park faithful with a team that will attack, entertain and win. Sounds like heaven doesn’t it?

Hall continued:

“Mike Ashley is dedicated to the club, he has just come in and he is learning the game and it takes time.”

“But he is a good businessman and I think he will do well at Newcastle.”

“We want attractive football, the fans deserve success, but we need continuity to succeed.”

What do you think – we think Houllier could do a good job at Newcastle United, as could Keegan and Shearer. And always remember it may be very difficult for either one of the three to turn down the kind of offer that was made to Harry Redknapp.

Let us know what you think – comments very welcome.

30 comments so far

  • Tom from Aus

    Jan 13, 2008 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #1

    i think houllier could do a great job at newcastle. i hope he does come and gets us back to winning ways and hopefully could win us something

  • Edd Case

    Jan 13, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #2

    Ah, SJH – I miss that man.

    Whoever it is needs to be appointed very, very soon, so that they can sell some of our rubbish and bring in some new faces.

    I’d still love Mourinho, but my hopes of that happening feel slimer by the day.
    Still, I’ve got a sneeky feeling something very nice and big is in the pipeline for tomorrow or Tuesday.

  • dis_S_pramod

    Jan 13, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #3

    i hav complete faith in mike ashley. he’s a business man and would expect some kinda response from him. i hav no doubt he will do a fine job. keegan as manager. i love it.!!

  • valle

    Jan 13, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #4

    Anyone other than Hughes and McClaren would be welcome now…

  • valle

    Jan 13, 2008 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #5

    Hall was one of the reasons Keegan left in the first place, he has had allot to do with our troubles behind the scenes… Dont miss the guy at all

  • sparetheman

    Jan 13, 2008 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #6

    I don’t want to see Houllier in charge. I hated listening to him when he was Liverpool manager – he has such a monotonous voice. Possibly the most boring manager I’ve ever seen. He didn’t do a terrific job there either.

  • antz

    Jan 13, 2008 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #7

    not houllier for me, his liverpool team was awful, he wom titles with lyon, yes, but its the french league! slightly better than the scottish premier, only 2 or 3 big teams there

  • Dragoner

    Jan 13, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #8

    Not this guy, i want ENTERTAINING football

  • sean

    Jan 13, 2008 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #9

    i dont want houlier i would like to see any of the following(in best to worst order) :

    1. mourinho
    2. lippi
    3. van gal
    4. hiddink
    5. martin jol
    6. keegan
    7. houlier
    8. shearer

  • Dingo

    Jan 13, 2008 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #10

    Id like to see Jose and Alan, as per the favoured England set up before Fabio took over.

  • craig chisholm

    Jan 13, 2008 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #11

    houliier won five trophies in five seasons at liverwank lads – how can anyone question his success rate. i agree with one point though, anyone other than hughes or mclaren would be ok. we do need it resolved sooner rather than later though as we are like a headless chicken at the minute and also a laughing stock.. i was pissed off with rednapp coming out and gobbing off about how he turned us down……….why did he not keep his mouth shut, he has made us look like twats now and also any other manager we go after will now know he was not the top choice. that was clearly why mort released a press statement yesterday naming rednapp in it. mort was trying to do some damage limitations – and failed i think really. i dunno lads, i am sure of ashley but i am not so sure of this mort bloke. yesterday was his first major thing to do in terms of looking for a new manager and it was a balls up. i hope he learns quickly.
    i think houlier or keegan with shearer as number 2 would be great and wou;d work for sure. even if we got the occasional drubbing like yesterday, at least we would know that it would always be not through lack of trying. i can not imagine anyone not pulling thier weight if shearer was on the touchline can you.

  • scotty

    Jan 13, 2008 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #12

    No way – please no!!!

  • paddyq

    Jan 13, 2008 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #13

    If Shearer isnt offered or wont take the job, then the manager has to be somebody foreign! Otherwise whats the point hiring somebody like Harry Redknapp who is only mediocre? There would be every chance he would have succeeded if given time, but again he isnt the big name that everybody dreams of, so therefore again straight from the start failure would be inevitable. Either a top notch foreign coach, such as mourinho, houllier, hitzfield etc. or else big AL, who might just be the only one in love with newcastle enough to take the risk after our woefully pathetic performance against man yoo yesterday!!! on that topic, i just wish somebody had enough balls to take a bloody gamble and TRY TO ATTACK for once! We were useless yesterday, the way the game was going we were so lucky to be 0-0 at half time so whilst still level why didnt we at least show that we wanted to win by putting on emre, viduka and lua lua, and take that useless bugger smith off??? Pearson has clearly shown he hasnt got what it takes even in the future in my opinion. he had nothing to lose and was still to afraid to give it a go. Smith should NEVER be our captain, he is a good bloke who gives his all but clearly doesnt even warrant a position as a starter let alone captain. if you play him ,put him up front, no where else.

  • valle

    Jan 13, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #14

    Antz…Thats not true, u dont know what u talk about, the french league is much more open than many of the other euro leagues… They have dominated the last 5 years, but the 10 years before that 6 different teams have won the title. And this year a team such as AS Nancy Lorraine is currently on second place with Valenciennes in 4th spot… Now thats an open league.

    1991/92 – Olympique de Marseille
    1992/93 – No champion (Olympique de Marseille stripped of title)
    1993/94 – Paris Saint-Germain FC
    1994/95 – FC Nantes
    1995/96 – AJ Auxerre
    1996/97 – AS Monaco FC
    1997/98 – RC Lens
    1998/99 – Girondins de Bordeaux
    1999/00 – AS Monaco FC
    2000/01 – FC Nantes
    2001/02 – Olympique Lyonnais

  • Bobby Ollox

    Jan 13, 2008 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #15

    PaddyQ – I agree that our team is desperately in need of an attacking style – but as we saw yesterday Manchester United is not the place to start.

    I think if we had let the hounds off the leash a bit at St James Park next week, we would have had a better return.

    Your spot on re Smith though – he’s probably a nice enough lad with his heart on his sleeve and all that stuff, but that is not what makes a captain – a captain needs to inspire, but keep the red mist away.

  • heads23552

    Jan 13, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #16

    Have we all forgotten that god forbid the mackams beat portsmouth we are 6 points from relegation spot. I am getting real here!!! First job stay up 14 more points needed. That seems a tall order after yesterday.

  • paddyq

    Jan 13, 2008 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #17


    The reason I was so disappointed was the manner in which we played- no desire, self-belief, or even interest! Of course there are a few exceptions such as taylor and nzogbia, but the game just highlighted that we need a manager to instill spirit and pride into the players. personally i would have been embarassed to have taken my weeks wages after that performance yesterday. i am realistic enough to know that regardless of how we had played yesterday, in all likelihood we would have lost and probably comfortably. However, the most infuriating part is the manner in which we lost. Once we went 1 or even 2 down we should have attempted to change things by bring on some attacking minded players, changing tactics, and by showing some pride, not by attempting to hang on to what we have! Butt and Smith central midfielders-so where is this service that owen so desperately needs going to come from???
    God i hope taylor signs a contract soon, or else we could lose the one player to whom the shirt actually means something!

  • graham

    Jan 13, 2008 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #18

    heads23552 – I said before allardyce was sacked that on current performances we would get 14 points from our remaining games. Nothing I saw yesterday changes my opinion on this

  • paddyq

    Jan 13, 2008 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #19

    by the way does anybody know what smith said to get red? strangest sending off ive seen in a while….

  • James

    Jan 13, 2008 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #20

    Paddyq – the ref said Smith was crap and we all hated him so why did he bother turning up. To which Smith told him where to stick his whistle.

  • PTH

    Jan 13, 2008 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #21

    Smith got red because he complained/swore at linesman after he correctly pointed out that the 6th goal did not cross the line!

    Im not that bothered about Redknapp– basically he has won nowt, got West Ham relegated, and “bottled it” re Toon offer, as he knnew that his temporary reputation could soon disappear (as did Sam,s) at the Toon. He prefers the hedonistic lifestyle in his beach villa.

  • antz

    Jan 13, 2008 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #22

    my ultimate 1st choice is along with many peoples, JOSE MOURINHO

    however if you look at this record of houlliers at liverpool it is more impressive than i can remember

    Liverpool – cups

    2000-01 League Cup
    2000-01 FA Cup
    2000-01 UEFA Cup
    2002-03 League Cup
    2001-02 UEFA Super Cup
    2001-02 FA Charity/Community Shield

    liverpool – league positions

    1998/99 – 7th
    1999/00 – 4th
    2000/01 – 3rd
    2001/02 – 2nd
    2002/03 – 5th
    2003/04 – 4th

    i must say along with his cup history it is very impressive and i could start to warm to the idea, although he is 61 this year and has had his health issues

    what do u think?

  • Lee

    Jan 13, 2008 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #23

    For gods sake get this team a manager now, we need to be realistic here. Shearer hasnt got the experience and throwing him in the deep end could have bad effects later in his career. Id pass if i were him, keegans a bad manager so we need the french bloke defo

  • Lee

    Jan 13, 2008 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #24

    English managers are best if they can manage but theres no point taking on an english guy just because hes available or just been sacked, if they arent performing at one club i know lets give them a try at Newcastle, rubbish in my book get someone with a proven track record who has potential, houllier is the only choice in my book.

    Jol is a absolute no no, MOURINHO would be good but lets be honest with ourselves here! Houllier would be by far the best option at present, he did good at liverpool ok they were up there and i think he could do the same for us. Lets hope the fatman and the board come to there senses soon and get on a plane to france with some pennies.

  • scott9

    Jan 13, 2008 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #25

    we wantr attacking football houlier plays s*it football worse than big sam when he was at liverpool he had his players just hoof long balls to owen it was s*it
    i say f*ck just give it to shearer hes gonna get the job one day so why not just give him it now.

  • t-g-w

    Jan 13, 2008 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #26

    Houllier did win 5 trophies in 5 years but 3 of those came in one season. By the end of his tenure Liverpool were so stale and boring it was unbelievable. Not to mention that none of the trophies he won were the Premier League. They were also even more boring to watch than we are at the moment. Ashley said he wants good, attacking football and we won’t get that with Houllier. Think I would prefer Allardyce back to be honest than appoint him!

  • craig chisholm

    Jan 13, 2008 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #27

    well, its a funny thing lads, where are all the people now that spent months slagging off sam? its all quiet now – is everyone happy he has been given the boot then? baring in mind that we will get nothing out of this transfer window now as we do not even have a manager. i just hope that this does not develop into a relagation fight for us. i think that it was the wrong time to sack sam, at least i think we would have scraped the points that we needed to stay up – now its all a bit more dodgy.

  • scott9

    Jan 13, 2008 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #28

    spot on craig couldnt agree anymoree

  • Leo*

    Jan 13, 2008 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #29

    hear say rubbish

  • Frankieboy

    Jan 13, 2008 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #30

    Think Houllier is probably the biggest name we can attract.
    3 trophies in one season………sounds better than 0 in 39 seasons don’t you agree.
    If he comes and does well he will be worshipped.
    Just wish the powers that be would give us all some information ….NOW


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