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 Â£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?
“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.