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 whoâ€™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 thatâ€™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 itâ€™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 Jamesâ€™ 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 Blackburnâ€™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 thereâ€™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,Â and we are only 6 points above Sunderland and a relegation spot, so we need to handle both items – and quickly.