Souness Wants Newcastle Job But Won’t Get It

Former Newcastle boss Graeme Souness says he’d relish the chance of a return to the St James’ Park manager position.


Graeme Souness – would accept Newcastle job in heartbeat

We’re fairly certain Graeme will not be offered the job, but when asked if he’d accept the job if offered to him, he said:

“With (there now being] a different chairman, most certainly. In a heartbeat. It is a big club, one of the big clubs out there.”

“It has got the potential to be one of the best. But it’s not a quick fix, and whoever goes in there is going to need certainly a minimum of three or four years.”

Souness spent big bucks during his spell at Newcastle, as though money was going out of style. And he brought in some poor players, including Boumsong for over £ 8M, and Luque for over £ 9M, both of whom were dismal failures at the club.

But in his time at the club, and even after his sacking, he always said he liked working for Freddy Shepherd and that Freddy supported him.

But now Graeme is singing a different tune and now rejects claims he had the full backing of Shepherd.

Souness said:

“I would argue that point because at the end of the day my first choice was (Nicolas) Anelka and (Luis) Boa Morte.”

“I was told, when I spoke to the people in Turkey, when Anelka was for sale at that time, that he could be bought. But then I was told he wasn’t for sale and couldn’t be bought.”

“So instead of us spending the £12million there, we bought Albert Luque for £9.5M and Michael Owen for £16M”

Both have proved to be poor deals for Newcastle, with Owen showing no hint of his former form at Liverpool and Real Madrid.

Asked whether those were his decisions, Souness said:

“No. I was told Albert Luque would cost £2M.”

It’s at least good that Graeme says good things about the club, but we don’t think he will be offered the job. In fact we are about 99.9% certain of that.

Comments welcome.

40 comments so far

  • Greg B

    Jan 14, 2008 at 1:13 AM

    Comment #1

    He also said Liverpool (agreed), Rangers, Galatasaray, Benfica were all teams that he had managed that were bigger than Newcastle – maybe he is right, but the way he said it was very bitter towards the club – forget him, he wont get approached.

  • ObaFan2

    Jan 14, 2008 at 1:18 AM

    Comment #2

    There have been so many “flops” as Newcastle players I’ve lost count. It’s also interesting listening to the different sides of the story eg. Luque was probably worth 2 million.

    Thing about Souness is he was very succesful before he came here as both player and manager. I think though his statement is trying to change the theory that no one decent would work here and saying it’s a huge job AND a huge honour to manage NUFC.

  • adam

    Jan 14, 2008 at 1:26 AM

    Comment #3

    roeder has a better chance of coming back to newcastle than this muppet

  • Hadrian

    Jan 14, 2008 at 1:32 AM

    Comment #4

    what about boumsong ehh souness? and the rest

  • Craig F

    Jan 14, 2008 at 1:38 AM

    Comment #5

    U’ve got to laugh at this bloke “i was told luque would cost £2mill”

    He probably did! the other £8m went into willie mackays back pocket!

    If you were told a player was worth £2m but the club were going to pay £10m against ur wishes and u had to pretty much stake ur reputation on him would u hang around?

    Well Souness did – why? £4m ‘compensation’ when he was fired thats why!

    If u wanted to buy a player that was free (i.e. worth £0) 6 months previous and u were told he’d cost £8m would u buy him?

    Well Souness did – why? £4m straight into his back pocket thats why!

    Cocky, arrogant, money-grabbing, corrupt and utterly utterly inept as a football manager – if he seriously thinks he has a chance of getting this job he needs his head read – i’ve got a better chance!

    KK and Shearer please – no silverware but amazing craic and entertainment – that’ll do me and if they did win something then jesus christ declare independence and make Al n Kev lord almighty rulers of the independent republic of Geordieland – death to the south!

  • ObaFan2

    Jan 14, 2008 at 1:41 AM

    Comment #6

    Ah all the memories are coming back now about Souness, like Bellamy etc oh I’d managed to block them from my mind lol.

    We will and have seen nearly every available and some unavailable managers linked with us until a new manager is appointed. Fact.

  • ObaFan2

    Jan 14, 2008 at 1:43 AM

    Comment #7

    Oh was gonna say that Souness imo was brought in for 1 main reason, to stop Shearer from retiring.
    He managed it once and got him to change his mind but failed for an extra second year.

    Also he had done very well before he came here.

  • andy4kin

    Jan 14, 2008 at 2:05 AM

    Comment #8

    I ‘d shoot myself if Graeme Souness get this job again…:P

  • Greg B

    Jan 14, 2008 at 2:06 AM

    Comment #9

    Has anyone ever worked out how much money our club has thrown away over say the last 10-15 years?
    Its a big issue when Allardyce and his backroom team have just taken us for at least £10mil, Souness and his croanies had between £4mil and £5mil, plus money we have lost on players, about £8mil on Luque, same again on Viana, £60r7mil on Robert, the likes of Marcelinho, Maric, Andersson, Boumsong, the list goes on…
    I reckon we must have wasted a good £70-80mil since the Prem started just on inflated transfer fees, wages and pay offs!! Its ridiculous, and thats a conservative estimate, I bet the real figure is double that!! No wonder we were £100mil in debt!

  • Stephen

    Jan 14, 2008 at 2:08 AM

    Comment #10

    Haha he put us back years he ruined us…

    He bought Boumsong do i need to say anymore?

  • Edd Case

    Jan 14, 2008 at 2:41 AM

    Comment #11

    Cant stand Souness. Despite his awful handling of almost every aspect of the club – HE thinks he knows the Geordie people!


  • wes

    Jan 14, 2008 at 2:51 AM

    Comment #12

    Souness no. He had his chance and he should have used it. Its time to try somebody else I think.

  • m.

    Jan 14, 2008 at 3:58 AM

    Comment #13

    bring boumsong back and spend 17m pounds more on another useless “star!”

    come on, what a joke!


    Jan 14, 2008 at 4:05 AM

    Comment #14

    What is MOTD? Anybody knows? Is it Match Of The Day?
    Anyway, Souness is a big no no! Newcastle need somebody big… !!! J. Mourinho

  • ObaFan2

    Jan 14, 2008 at 4:21 AM

    Comment #15

    A senior source at St James’ Park maintained yesterday that Redknapp was “never the only name in the frame” to succeed Allardyce. “There is a difference between a job interview and a job offer,” the source said. “We have spoken to more than one person and we will be speaking to more people this week and it won’t be narrowed down to these shores.”

    very interesting ( ha ha ha hahahaha love it )
    the article also says:

    Newcastle would provide that; Hughes is prepared to speak to the North East club and John Williams, the Blackburn chairman, is expecting contact.

    Oh dear. Also:

    Newcastle still insist that experience is the main criterion, ruling out Shearer’s candidacy.

  • Aussie geordie

    Jan 14, 2008 at 4:35 AM

    Comment #16

    My scouser mates called me in condolence when he was appinted as our manager. They said he would stuff our team right down the crap hole and they were right. Hard to believe he replaced Bobby, look where we are now.

    I am also very disappointed Ashley did not have someone lined up when he fired Sam. There was no point sacking the guy without a replacement. We now look like we are running around before the big dance desperatly looking for a date because we though the local stud would jump at the chance to get in our pants and he just snubbed us for his ugly girlfriend!!!

  • Tommy

    Jan 14, 2008 at 5:12 AM

    Comment #17

    Souness couldn’t even run a youth club properly.. I can’t stand the inane idiot for what he did to the club..

  • geordie_jordan

    Jan 14, 2008 at 5:40 AM

    Comment #18

    i keep telling myself that one day i will wake up and we will have jose… and everything will be better. anyone know when that day is coming??
    over to you chris and mike…..

  • toonoholic

    Jan 14, 2008 at 6:48 AM

    Comment #19

    very interesting article

    guess it might put some brains in the fans who have been outrageously backing ashley and mort.

  • Guinea Mag

    Jan 14, 2008 at 7:01 AM

    Comment #20

    Souness made many very poor signings, sold several of our better players and generally set the club back many years.

    We can never allow this person to manage Newcastle again in the future……

  • Rich

    Jan 14, 2008 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #21

    is it just me or are we making the same mistakes again?

    we sack BSA, only to be linked with Hughes & Redknapp, neither are better.

    if AShley wants this flamboyant football he needs to open his wallet, if he wants us playing like BArca he needs to offer Ottmar or Jose £15 million just to be manager and then anther £200+ million for transfers.

    if not, hes deluding himself.

    we will never be flamboyant under someone like Hughes or Redknapp.

    Ashley seems to turning out to be a worst chairman than FS ever could of been.

  • RobNUFC

    Jan 14, 2008 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #22

    agreed mate…

    not sure about ashley being a sh1t chairman….just think he doesnt really know football. All thisa rant about wanting exciting football and the nwe’re linked to soddin hughes? lump it, kick em and bundle it into the net. sweet. or not.

  • toony

    Jan 14, 2008 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #23,19528,11095_3045024,00.html
    hughes satying with rovers………………….

  • toonoholic

    Jan 14, 2008 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #24


    nobody wants to come to SJP !

  • Nobby's dad

    Jan 14, 2008 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #25

    Souness…………………I just HATE this man. I’ve never known anyone to be so deluded. He is simply hopeless. His only real success was at Rangers where (like Daglish at Blackburn) it was the start of big money coming into the game from millionaire owners. At Rangers Murray pumped millions of his own into the club and at the time Celtic couldn’t compete.

    Souness should never have been given the opportunity to manage a great club like Newcastle………he’s small time who thinks he’s some managerial genius. Completely deluded. 1st class WANKER!!

  • Nobby's dad

    Jan 14, 2008 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #26

    Rich …..Jose and flamboyant football do not go together. Although successful at Chelsea they never played football like Man Utd or Arsenal. Many postings want Jose but the fact is his football at Chelsea was efficient and effective but very rarely entertaining. The man for the job IMO is Hiddink. He PSV side of a couple of years ago played some lovely stuff. He had stacks of international experience and is without doubt in the ‘World Class’ bracket. The only problem with him is that he seems to move around a lot!

  • Andreas

    Jan 14, 2008 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #27

    Rich, “the worst chairman (well, he’s the owner but still)” has cleared our debts, around 100 mil. If not we might very well have been Leeds version 2.

    If you seriously think that FS was a better owner I am really worried about your mental health.

    Note: I agree that the timing for sacking SA was aweful and it’s stupid to do that without a replacement lined up (which seems to be true now – although I wish I am wrong and that a press conference is called for today and [insert your favourite] who signed last week is presented).

  • James

    Jan 14, 2008 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #28

    Mort said they have already spoken to a number of candidates and Redknapp was one of them. But who are the others if Hughes admitted he has not heard from us?

    By the way Redknapp after the game admitted he wasn’t offered the job at all. Wanker.

  • Graham

    Jan 14, 2008 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #29

    Come on lads – you dont think Souness honestly thinks that Ashleys gonna come calling do you? He was asked if he would take the job – yes was the answer. If someone asked me that question I would say yes too – but the phone hasn’t rang.

    I personally think he’s done well in bigging the club up in the interview – not like Ferguson and urinating on it from a height…

    Ashley wont be calling Souness – for gods sake he’s been on job seekers allowance ever since leaving us! I dont think he’ll be contacting Hughes either if he meant what he said in his interview with News of the World – I can’t remember ever having fun with a Welshman before!

  • Graham

    Jan 14, 2008 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #30

    Hang on….. I did go to a Tom Jones concert in 1994…… no, that wasn’t fun either

  • KevinHann

    Jan 14, 2008 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #31

    The board has looked at several specialists’ CVs and the names quoted are Hughes, Houllier, Mourinho and McLaren… It is a big chance that we end up with the fourth once Hughes rejects. This may happend next week, so that we get enough time to spend 2x or 3x the normal price for 1-2 players, brought in a rush.

  • KevinHann

    Jan 14, 2008 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #32

    Also the Swansea chairman said he can’t see their manager leave the club for Newcastle. Jeesh, we can’t even attract a Championship guy…

  • cooldj

    Jan 14, 2008 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #33

    “Souness wants the job but won’t get it”

    you don’t say?

  • Graham

    Jan 14, 2008 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #34

    I bet Mourinho’s proud to have his cv on the same table as Mcknobs…

    What a load of drivvle the papers are pushing the past few days – Ashley says he wants fun and entertaining football and they reckon that Mike Baldwin lookalike is in line?

    No wonder this country is in a state…

  • Graham

    Jan 14, 2008 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #35

    And now Ashley apparently didnt give en interview to the NOTW.

    Lets face it, until something comes out of NUFC officially, we should all ignore it – this has got everyone second guessing and is no good to any of us. Its certainly doing me no good

  • StevieA

    Jan 14, 2008 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #36

    Who said we are in debt? Ashley has put 250 million into the club (his own money) to pay for the club and clear all debts. We owe nobody a single penny.

    Yet the papers slate him! They haven’t got a clue.

    As far as souness goes he failed as Newcastle manager and played football like Big Sam. Not for me! Mclaren would be just as bad too!

    Mourinho, Keegan, Hiddink or Shearer please.

    Noone else should even be considered now!

  • James

    Jan 14, 2008 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #37

    Souness wants A JOB. No one has offered him one in 2 years. He’s so inept he couldn’t get one working at Starbucks.

  • Oba Martins

    Jan 14, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #38

    LOL renember when we had Boumsong and Bramble at the back im just grateful we dont have anymore.

  • big pea ov the weab

    Jan 14, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #39

    a owen a little corner shop n need some 1 for a saturday night if he wants it thats the ony job hes worth the f**kwit

  • Moy

    Jan 14, 2008 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #40

    Hey , I wouldn’t want Souness for the job …But hey , the one called Cacapa kinda reminds us of Boumsong & Bramble doesn’t he? Enrique isn’t that far off if he doesnt improve soon.


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