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.â€
“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 Â£ 8M, and Luque for over Â£ 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.
“I would argue that point because at the end of the day my first choice was (Nicolas) Anelka and (Luis) Boa Morte.â€
“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.â€
“So instead of us spending the Â£12million there, we bought Albert Luque for Â£9.5M and Michael Owen for Â£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 Â£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.