Top Brazilian Interested in Newcastle Job


We suppose one of the positive things about Newcastle United’s search for a new manager is that it’s news all around the world. Even the Boston Herald has a piece on it in today’s edition. The new news is that a top Brazilian coach has expressed his interest in the job on Tyneside.

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Abel Braga – currently manager at Internacional of Brazil

But another highly respected coach who has admitted he is interested in the Newcastle manager position is 55-year-old Brazilian Abel Braga.

His representative, Alex McLaughlin, today said:

“Abel’s a very experienced coach who has outstanding tactical and coaching skills, and he’s managed at the highest levels in both Brazil and France.”

“He’s currently with Internacional in Brazil and they’ve just won the Dubai Cup, beating Inter Milan.”

He’s looking for an opportunity to return to Europe, and he knows all about the situation at Newcastle United.” “He believes he can bring success to whichever club he joins.”

Abel Braga is rated the sixth-best manager in the world by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics and has managed in France (Marseilles), Portugal (Famalicão, Belenenses and Vitória de Setúbal) and at least 12 different clubs in Brazil.

Here are some facts that are interesting from the IFFHS web-site.

Comments welcome.


99 comments so far

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 15, 2008 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #1

    FATTY!

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 15, 2008 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #2

    Anyone who expresses there interes should be considered as we are the poison chalice of football, he must rate himself highly. 6th best coach in the world isnt a bad achievement either. Personally id like a brazilian manager, he would bring us some flair.

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  • Vitorbarbosa

    Jan 15, 2008 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #3

    Well, never heard of him but if he could bring in Brazilian style football, I would say – Go Ahead!

    Anyway, can’t see that happening as I don’t believe he speaks English. Does he?

    I’m proud we are linked to others, not only Harry and Mark.

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  • Mac

    Jan 15, 2008 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #4

    Lets please not start more Rumours. Lets just get Houlier in and Big Al as his number 2 and get on with our season. Get rid of some of the deadwood Rozenthal being my number one to get rid of beat Stoke then Arsenal for our easy run to FA cup glory. Only joking but it would be nice

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  • Die hard toon

    Jan 15, 2008 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #5

    After Chris Mort statement my question is does he speak English

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  • ObaFan2

    Jan 15, 2008 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #6

    “Abel Braga is rated the sixth-best manager in the world by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics”

    Who’s first? lol

    Does he know how cold it gets here? lol

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  • John

    Jan 15, 2008 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #7

    Looks like Houllier is the man….

    How much a Legends have we got as owners..They know exactly what the fans want..

    I think there are some real exciting times ahead for us..

    How good is it to be a toon sopporter 🙂

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  • nufctj

    Jan 15, 2008 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #8

    Book him! More South American coaches in the EPL! especially on the Toon.

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  • cooldj

    Jan 15, 2008 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #9

    slightly padded to say the least…really fills his clothes. i’d say he likes his food, sporting a spare tyre if you know what i mean.

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  • cooldj

    Jan 15, 2008 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #10

    john was that sarcasm?

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  • James

    Jan 15, 2008 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #11

    By the way, he is rated 6th in the world, but Ramos is voted 1st. We missed out there.

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  • cooldj

    Jan 15, 2008 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #12

    and how long will it be before james mentions flores?

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  • ObaFan2

    Jan 15, 2008 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #13

    If he like curries then he’ll be on his way lmao.

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  • John

    Jan 15, 2008 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #14

    @ cooldj . No mate ..I think from What Mort said he is really looking to bring back the good old days..

    Even though we don’t know whoi the manager is yet ( but looks like Houllier) , you cant deny its never boring being a toon sopporter.

    I really think under our new owners that we will finaly be successful…I was really impressed in what Mort said today..Said everything I want as a sopporter..

    Not many chairman say that, if any

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  • James

    Jan 15, 2008 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #15

    cooldj – FLORES FOR THE TOON 🙂

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  • ObaFan2

    Jan 15, 2008 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #16

    I’m unimpressed by Mort n Ashley so far.
    The timing of BSA’s leaving and the fact that he had no one lined up.
    1 week of speculation and Geordies pulling their hair out.
    We could have done without all this hype, bad press etc but
    Come on the Toon

    lets get it right and put us back up the league where we belong.

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  • Karl

    Jan 15, 2008 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #17

    Well, isn’t this list interresting, although a few years old ( http://www.rsssf.com/miscellaneous/iffhs-coach.html#06c) (think they mean 2005):
    FFHS’ World’s Best Club Coach of the Year 2004
    Top 10

    1. Franklin Rijkaard–FC Barcelona 236 pts
    2. José Mourinho–Chelsea FC London 113
    3. Juande la Cruz Ramos Cano– Sevilla FC 92
    4. Arsène Wenger — Arsenal FC London 91
    5. Gerard Houllier –Olympique Lyonnais 57
    6. Abel Carlos da Silva Braga–SC Internacional PA 53
    7. Sir Alexander Ferguson–Manchester United FC 45
    8. Carlo Ancelotti–Milan AC 23
    9.Felix Magath –FC Bayern München 23
    10. Muricy Ramalho–São Paulo FC 17

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  • Marguerite

    Jan 15, 2008 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #18

    I am pleased that both past and potential managers are quite openly showing interest in our beloved club. Not quite the poisoned chalice the British press would have us believe.

    James – keep promoting Flores!
    John – Sorry not Houlier, boring football we have had enough of that these past few years.

    NEWCASTLE FOREVER.

    Mike / Chris get the best manager possible and take us forward. Best way to shut the snipers up and God knows we have plenty of those.

    Hope there will be a wall of sound at SJP tomorrow night. I promise I will be doing my bit.

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  • John

    Jan 15, 2008 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #19

    @ ObaFan2 . Mate I disagree. I think the timing is Perfect . Whoever comes in has half a season to work with the current crop off players and will know exactly which one’s are good enough and which one’s are’nt . So when summer comes round he’ll be perfectly set up to make a successful season for year…

    I think the timing was absolutely perfect ..At the end of the day, Sam would probably off wasted anothe 10 mill on shite…

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  • ObaFan2

    Jan 15, 2008 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #20

    Lol Fergy behind Wenger, suppose winning CL mustn’t count for much !

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  • hadrian

    Jan 15, 2008 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #21

    it would be his knowledge of south american players that would float my boat 😀 .
    imagine the youth team he’d try and bring in .

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  • ObaFan2

    Jan 15, 2008 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #22

    Ha ha idd John, great timing so the new manager has lots of time to buy new players ie. wait for the summer I suppose?
    Or panic buy in Jan?

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  • Grambo

    Jan 15, 2008 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #23

    bet he will know who all the young Brazilian talent is as well!!!

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  • Murvar

    Jan 15, 2008 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #24

    I know this is a hell of a link but in the Teelegraph at the weekend was this article by Graham Taylor – not someone I would normally listen to – who talks of the key issues a prospective manager should want to talk to the owners about before taking the job on. Good insights some of which we might not normally consider.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/main.jhtml;jsessionid=HGELSQQK3NLEXQFIQMGCFGGAVCBQUIV0?xml=/sport/2008/01/12/sfntay112.xml

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  • Steeley

    Jan 15, 2008 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #25

    Hmmm, could be very interesting if he speaks the lingo here!!!

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  • DaveyC

    Jan 15, 2008 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #26

    Based on this “International Federation of Football History and Statistics”, which I’ve never heard of, Gerard Houllier is actually rated one place higher – so I say go for him.

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  • John

    Jan 15, 2008 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #27

    wait for the summer…Gives him plenty off time to find out exactly what he needs…No reason to panic buy in this month…

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 15, 2008 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #28

    Got to agree with John, thats why thought it was good timing.

    Fat Sams jan transfer targets would have turned us into bolton mk 2.

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  • ObaFan2

    Jan 15, 2008 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #29

    MA and Mort should have know BSA’s target weeks ago (December), the knee jerk reaction 1 week ago was rediculous.
    Again we just wipe out 2007/2008 season. Great.
    We knew that we were going to be short of first team players because of the ACN.

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  • ToonKing

    Jan 15, 2008 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #30

    Wow this is starting to turn into a good marketing trick, everyone in the world will take notice of us now, players and managers alike.
    Abel Braga is quite a good manger, wouldn’t mind him. If we can manager like him offering themselves i’m quite relaxed.

    I guess we should start some kind of game show now, something like Survivor, the only one who makes it alive takes the job. Or a World Race, managers start out in London and race around the world completing various challenges along the way, the first one to make it back to Millenium Bridge in 4 weeks takes the job. 🙂

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  • cooldj

    Jan 15, 2008 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #31

    Top(heavy) Brazilian interested in newcastle job

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  • ObaFan2

    Jan 15, 2008 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #32

    You obviously don’t realise how much trouble we are in at the minute, 6 points from relagation zone and playing poor football.

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  • James

    Jan 15, 2008 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #33

    I think if the Sam sacking proved anything its that Mort and Ashley will not tolerate someone who ignores the Newcastle ethos.

    Alan Green on Radio Five Live said he doesn’t like the merryground of manager sackings but that Sam deserved to be sacked because he refused to give the supporters the football they deserve, or buy the players they wanted to see. This opinion was definitely shared by Mort.

    Once again, for all those that haven’t heard me before :

    FLORES FOR THE TOON!

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 15, 2008 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #34

    Yes we realise that but the teams below us are playing much poorer football and in the long run at least 3 will get worse reuslts. We’ll be fine.

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  • ObaFan2

    Jan 15, 2008 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #35

    bs

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 15, 2008 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #36

    Dont think it is!

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  • Black and White Blood

    Jan 15, 2008 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #37

    Kevin Hann – I’ve too heard this on the radio this morning – I thought it was a load of tosh, however as the day goes on it’s gathering a lot of attention. It seems that this source has been confirmed as genuine. They said his name was Denis Callaghan, a brothering law /uncle or something similar!!! God I hope it’s right! Good times here we come!!!!

    “BREAKING NEWS…….

    KK’s got the job on a 3 year contract with Shearer as his number 2 – To be announced tomorrow at a press conference 11:30. Have to be careful what I say other than deal was agreed late yesterday afternoon. A close family member of Shearers [Mr Denis C*****n] confirmed it had been agreed and that he’s really looking forward to it. The evening chronical is aware of this source, and are in the process of confirming.

    Is this just a rumour or a poor joke on my stressed heart? Aww, I am declaring it unable to work early weekend!”

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  • broon ale

    Jan 15, 2008 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #38

    ed- dont publish anything thats featured in the evening comical. Alan Oliver did not receive any calls from managers wanting the newcastle job, its all lies. Why on earth would top managers call alan oliver to throw their hat into the ring.???? would they not contact the club. this guy is a joke, lies after lies.. how embarrasing saturday was.. massive front page news in his stupid newspaper proclaiming harry had signed. ha ha ha

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  • Black and White Blood

    Jan 15, 2008 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #39

    Has anyone called the Chronicle to confirm this..?

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  • Kash2

    Jan 15, 2008 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #40

    Well it’s good for us that 2 managers who’re interested are in the top 6 of coaches.

    I don’t think Braga would be poaching loads of brazilian youngsters for us, mainly because they wouldn’t be able to get work permits and they’re not aloud to leave before 18.

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