Top European Managers in Frame at Newcastle

The Newcastle Journal is reporting today that a candidate list of around 10 names has been drawn up by Newcastle chairman Chris Mort, for the job of Newcastle manager.


Chris Mort – drawn up a list of 10 names for the Newcastle manager position

The list reads like a who’s who of European managers according to sources who are privy to the list. Mort and Ashley are considering every possible option to fill the Newcastle manager vacancy, as they know this is a very important appointment for them. But it’s obviously going to be their choice at the end of this. They also were stung at all the negative publicity after Redknapp turned down the job lats Saturday and certainly don’t want any repeat of that.

If that’s true about the list we can be sure that Mourinho, Hitzfeld, Scolari, Van Gaal, Houllier, Van Baston and Lippi are on the list, or at least the majority of them are. Since Chris has already to talked to managers and their representatives on the list, we assume he’s been in contact with Jose Mourinho, who is not attached to any club right now.

Mark Hughes is also on the list, but it’s looking far from certain he will be offered the job, with the prospect of a big European name apparently a growing possibility in the last day or two.

Sources at St James’ Park have recently been keen to stress that the nationality is not important when it comes to the appointment, despite earlier suggestions that Ashley wanted someone British. Jose Mourinho of course continues to be the number one choice for most fans, and in our poll to the right, he has 42% of over 1600 votes cast so far and is easily our reader’s first choice. Kevin Keegan is second with 18% of the votes and Van Gaal, Shearer and Hitzfeld are joint 3rd with 10% of the vote. (Please vote if you haven’t already done so).

But there is a feeling that Jose is waiting for an opportunity to manage one of the top clubs in Europe, either in the Italian or Spanish leagues, than return to the Premier League.

Those close to Blackburn’s Mark Hughes are confident he will accept the job if it is offered to him. Many think Mark Hughes will be a candidate for the Manchester United job once Sir Alex Ferguson finally retires. That however is probably some 3 years out, and current Sunderland manager Roy Keane will also be considered at that time.

As we reported yesterday Kevin Keegan is still in the frame and has become the bookies favorite at 6-4.

What is becoming clearer is Newcastle will not offer the job solely to Alan Shearer this time. But there’s a possibility that if Keegan gets the job Shearer could be assistant manager either now or in a year or two, before finally taking over the position himself.

Well, that’s the situation right now, but we hope Mike moves very quickly, because time is running out quickly in the January transfer window,  and we are only 6 points above Sunderland and a relegation spot, so we need to handle both items – and quickly.

Comments welcome.

49 comments so far

  • Stuart

    Jan 15, 2008 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #1

    oh man, Mourinho or Keegan for me – either one of those and I will buy (try) a season ticket for next season as soon as they are appointed. Shearer, Van Basten, Van Gaal, Hughes would just not do it for me. Keegan managing with Shearer as assistant to be groomed to take over seems the dream ticket.. please Mr Ashley, dont let us down……..

  • steve

    Jan 15, 2008 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #2

    It’s one thing making a list of top european managers, unfortunately getting them to actually take the job is going to be somewhat harder.

    I reckon Hughes will end up in charge, whilst he’s done a fair job at Blackburn he certainly wouldn’t have been my first, second or third choice.

    The sooner we make an appointment the better although it’s highly unlikely we’ll get any new personnel during Jan transfer window we should have enough quality in the squad to stave off relegation this year. Bolton game is fast becoming a 6 pointer, we really need to increase the points gap between us and the clubs on or near 20 points

  • Bill F

    Jan 15, 2008 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #3

    Ed are you having problems getting listed on the newsnow site. I keep having to go to old blogs and cycling through to the latest.

  • adam

    Jan 15, 2008 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #4


  • steve

    Jan 15, 2008 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #5

    Bill – Don’t think there’s any probs with nufcblog listing on newsnow, it’s due to so much news being put out about Newcastle at the moment that old posts are cycled off the NewsNow toon page fairly quickly at the moment

  • chappa

    Jan 15, 2008 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #6

    Houllier or hitsfeld..!!!!

  • Bill F

    Jan 15, 2008 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #7

    Yeah thanks Steve, this one has just appeared. I suppose we just need a little patience, bit like waiting for the big announcement. 🙂

  • paul p

    Jan 15, 2008 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #8

    am still going with my choices of mourinho or keegan. dont want hughes or anyone else at that matter. got to be one of these two. has mark hughes managed a team who has either finished 1st or second in the premiership… no. so its got to be mourinho or keegan for me.

  • Black Caesar

    Jan 15, 2008 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #9

    Mark Hughes as Man U boss? That is a joke! If he thinks he’s going to be in line for the Man U job when Sir Alex finally retires, he’ll be in for a shock. Man U are not mugs like those who have been at NUFC’s helm. They will only go for the very best, and it aint gonna be a Brit!!!!!!

  • Nathan

    Jan 15, 2008 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #10

    The idiocy of Newcastle fans is really starting to annoy me

    we are not a club capable of attracting the likes of José Mourinho, we need to get out of this delusion.

    I personally would love Mark Hughes

    he’s looking to advance his career, I think he’s up to the challenge and he is great in the transfer market.

    I also think he brings stability, whereas a european coach would not.

  • Cyprus Toon

    Jan 15, 2008 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #11

    Dream team would have to be Mourinho & Shearer… but I doubt we’ll get it, as I can see Hughes coming in, personally I would love to see Houllier with Shearer…
    Lets hope who ever it is, is given some serious money & able to bring in some real quality players & get shot of all the dross we currently have in the team!!!

  • hadrian

    Jan 15, 2008 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #12

    idiocy of fans anoys you and then you try and lumber us with hughes ?
    on what basis are you putting hughes forward?
    being mike ashleys mate ?
    managing wales?
    finishing lower in consecutive season with bburn?
    playing shocking football for years with bburn ?
    you think bburns going to get into europe this season?

    hughes is a bloody insult to this club , another guy getting his chance .


    Jan 15, 2008 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #13


  • chappa

    Jan 15, 2008 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #14

    i cant see keegan and shearer working together somehow! i say the most realistic and sensible choice would be houllier.i wouldnt like to see hughes at the toon.nor do i think 99% of the toon fans would like to see hughes here.get HOULLIER.!!

  • Willowtoon

    Jan 15, 2008 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #15

    I was shocked we did not have an alternative when we sacked big sam.

    Lets hope the manager saga is not a smoke screen and is drawn out until after the transfer window shuts and then Ashley does not have to spend any money in the window.

    No oneis talking players or contracts – maybe planned timing………………

    Hope not

  • paul p

    Jan 15, 2008 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #16

    i agree with you cyprus toon. we have alot of average players in our side/squad at present, hence why we are in the position we are in. sam could only manage what he had to the best he could which from the boards point of view was not enough. but they must take a part of the blame for this as sam was not really backed in the transfer market if we are honest. I dont believe the players who we did sign are really the one’s he really wanted. Now we are in a complete mess. Whoever does come in has to get rid of them.

  • Ant NUFC

    Jan 15, 2008 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #17

    Why Mourinho? I thought both the fans and Mike Ashley wanted to see some attacking footall.

    Yes he’s very successful but I’m sure he had a few falling outs with Roman about the type of football he played. I for one don’t want Mourinho because I want to see decent football.

    I’m not up for KK and Shearer either, just because the fans love them and they have history with the club, does that make them the right choice? If you think the answer is yes, ask yourself this: Would any other club in the league appoint the “dream duo” as managers? I think you’ll find the answer is no. That’s for a reason.

    Houllier for me.

  • Atrocious_Footwear

    Jan 15, 2008 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #18

    Marco Van Basten? What’s he achievied in CLUB football? Nowt. Nae thanks, cheers pal, but no.

    And Mark Hughes should be burnt alive on his way into SJP if Mashley appoints him.

  • Neil

    Jan 15, 2008 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #19

    Hi everyone. Still……no news is good news right!!!
    The following comment being aimed at Nathan – ARE YOU A F**IN IDIOT OR SOMETHING??
    It’s fans like you that really piss me off. Lets not even bother trying to get a good manager and settle for the crumbs. Are you like that in your job as well? Oh well there’s 10 people above me so I wont try to better myself I’ll just sit and wallow at the bottom. A word you may not be familiar with is ambition my fellow NUFC fan. Would you have more respect for our chairman if he drew up a list of people who he “thinks might accept the job” because according to you we are deluded or would you respect them for going for the best and seeing if they can persuade any of them to take on the challenge?
    This seems like a personal attack for which I really don’t mean it to be but for gods’ sake man if you look forward to Mark Hughes being our manager then I want less fans like you and more like the 42% who voted for José!

  • Toon_Under

    Jan 15, 2008 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #20

    I know I’ll get pasted for this, but I don’t want Shearer back for the time being. Yes he has passion, knows how the club works and can take the pressure off the main manager while he gets experience. But, he does cast a big shadow. Keegan has apparently stated he will not work with Shearer, and i suspect no other big manager would want to given that he’d be waiting in the wings. And as for KK, the jury is out – he was good, but i think the mind games have scarred him too much for us now..

    For me, it’s Hiddink – attacking, great man manager and motivator, very experienced and will get the boys back playing the way they are used to playing. Plus he has a fantastic knowledge of what talents are available around the world from his many years in national team management. Second would be either Mourinho or Houlier (i prefer houlier’s style of play, but mourinho would get more time) and then look at Mark Hughes, who is a very good up and coming manager (except if he is interested in Amdy Faye, in which case scrap him!).

  • paul p

    Jan 15, 2008 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #21

    we have seen by the blogs ed has posted who the fans top 2/3 are for the managers job. enough said really. hughes only got 3% of the votes so we dont want him in. to get us back to where we were under kk and bobby robson, so if were are not a big club anymore, then chelsea were not a big club either until roman ambramavich went there and they still managed to get jose mourinho in.

  • Karl

    Jan 15, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #22

    Whenever someone says “The idiocy of Newcastle fans”, I think of Sunderland (parden my french).
    And when they at the same time thinks stability with a mediocrity like Hughes is a good thing, it strikes me; Thats the dream scenario for the mackems, as opposed to relegation.

    Ottmar Hitzfeld for toon!!!

  • Tez131

    Jan 15, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #23

    I have one thing to say about Mark Hughes – Amdy Faye (former toon donkey) has been invited to train with Rovers with a view to signing to replace robbie savage.

    For me that says it all – no thanks!!

  • paul p

    Jan 15, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #24

    so to get back to where we were, its going to take someone who is a top class act, not an up and coming manager. mourinho has done it, keegan did it for us, houllier did it with liverpool to a degree, we are light years behind manchester united now, when once over we were their closest threat to the premiership tittle.

  • Tino

    Jan 15, 2008 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #25

    A lot of big name players at other clubs earn a lot less than our players, and do a lot better. But, that is not the plaeyrs’ fault, buying bit part players and paying them a lot will not make them perform better. Getting a good manager is only the right start, and here is where I have a problem with Mort: the window shuts in two weeks time, is there enough time then to buy a whoile set of defenders (less Taylor) and farm out the incompetents that we have? There is only so much the Sunderland can take from our lot, and then you must deal with Barton and geremi and Viduka (I still say he is lazy). This whole circus is starting to look like more than indecision, but indicative of someone bereft of ideas. Decisions must be made, and quickly.

  • paul p

    Jan 15, 2008 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #26

    tez, and this is a manager who is supposed to be offered the man u job when ferguson packs in….. u really think man u fans would want a player in the stature of amdy faye…….. not a chance…. they would not have it….. neither would we… so we dont want him. it just says it all like you said mate. we dont want him….

  • b3v

    Jan 15, 2008 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #27

    as everyone is so diverse in their choice for manager, i had an idea, every one put their top 3 choices in order of who they want in charge. first place gets 3pts, 2nd gets 2 and 3rd gets 1.

    1. Mourinho = 3
    2. Hiddink = 2
    3. Houlier = 1

  • Black Caesar

    Jan 15, 2008 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #28

    NATHAN it is you who is the idiot of all idiots!!! Mark Hughes to manage us? give me a break!

  • Toon fan

    Jan 15, 2008 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #29

    Mourinho would be a disaster for the club, boring defensive football, he is an airhead pretty boy , What do you want an football club or a celebrity club. His focus would always be himself the manager, not the Toon, not the football.

    Give KK the opportunity to finish what he started then down the line big Al will be ready.

  • paul p

    Jan 15, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #30

    1. mourinho 3 points
    2. keegan 2 points
    3. benitez 1 point

  • scottish mag

    Jan 15, 2008 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #31


  • Toon_Under

    Jan 15, 2008 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #32

    Well said Tino. You have an ally here because I know Viduka is lazy, he always has been, but he manages to knock in one or two good goals and that gets the heat off him. And as for money, see the story about Gallas’s new contract that will get him to the top end of Arsenals pay range – with just over 60k! If he was here he’d be up a lot higher than that..

    We have a lot of bit part players mixed in with some gems and a few hacks (i’m looking at you Carr and Geremi). Someone like a Hiddink wouldn’t so much need a transfer window to turn these clowns into a functioning team again – heck he was in the same player and timeframe scenario when he had only weeks to get the Aus national team ready for the world cup, and he managed to get Viduka to move too which should speak volumes!

    Anyway, B3V:
    3 pts: Hiddink
    2 pts: Houlier
    1 pt: Mourinho

  • Fat Robbo

    Jan 15, 2008 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #33

    Ottmar Hitzfeld
    He is the most successful German coach, was twice elected World Coach of the Year (what that actually counts for I dont know, but it sounds good), and he has won the European Cup/UEFA Champions League with two clubs. This is the sort of record, a Newcastle manager should have.

  • steve k

    Jan 15, 2008 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #34

    Guys we all want what’s best for the club – but reality bites and Mark Hughes would be a good appointment for this club. Maybe some years ago after Bobby we could have hoped to attract some top names but that isn’t the case anymore. People outside of the city just don’t view the Toon the way we do.

    Somebody on the replies actually questions Van Basten because of lack of club experience… this kind of madness has got to stop. Van Basten could command an appointment from Barca – I doubt he would even consider us.

    We have to leave our collective ego out of this appointment and realise that Mourinho, Van Basten etc. are too successful to take us on – they manage a different tier of club now. We need to improve another two or three levels before Newcastle can attract that brand of manager again.

  • Owen

    Jan 15, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #35

    It has to be Hitzfeld.

    We need a manager who has won things.

    Mark Huges is another Sam or Harry. Mid table over achiever.

    We need a proven WINNER.

  • Stami

    Jan 15, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #36

    i dont think Hughes will come! here is my reasoning!

    NUFC is as Ferguson said”one of the toughest jobs in Europe”. Hughes fancies himself as a candidate to take over at Man U when Fergie packs in! personally i dont think that Hughes has what it takes to get NUFC back up to the top, do you honestly believe that he would jeopardise his shot at his ‘dream job’ by risking failure at NUFC? i dont! whereas he sticks to Blackburn, who are only expected to finish top 10, does a good job of it, and later picks up a well oiled, dream team in Man U and rides the Coat tails of the retired Fergie’s last legacy squad to glory…

    Maybe im wrong, but thats how i see it! hope im right!

    would love to see Houllier! think he will do well with us!

  • b3v

    Jan 15, 2008 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #37

    so far in order lol:
    mourinho = 9
    Hiddink = 5
    Houllier / Lippi = 3
    Keegan = 2
    Shearer/ Benitez = 1
    don’t quite know if thats good or not.
    Not that it will make any difference to the outcome either, but looks like some of us would be happy with either of the top 3

  • Kevin Hann

    Jan 15, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #38

    I stick by Keegan 🙂

  • Matthew Tom

    Jan 15, 2008 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #39

    I’m just getting sick of wading through every-man-and-his-dog’s thoughts about one man or another coming to the Toon hotseat!

    I kind of gave up on us appointing anyone sensible when FFS sacked Robson and we then appointed Sourness and Roedent in quick succession. I reckon Allardyce might have worked out OK if he’d been given time, but it wouldn’t have been pretty football.

    I just pray that Ashley and Mort are going to do something a bit more exciting than appointing Houllier. Whoever it is though, even Houllier, let’s get right behind the new man and give him our full support.

  • paul p

    Jan 15, 2008 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #40

    reports are that gerrard houllier has had informal discussions about taking over at newcastle. this is on sky sports, but am taking this as a pinch of salts at the moment. it also says there are several candiates in the frame but has not gave any names.


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