Chris Coleman to Be Keegan’s Number Two

We should know very shortly who Kevin Keegan will bring in to be part of his coaching staff at Newcastle, and it looks like Chris Coleman is the early favorite for the position of head coach.


Chris Coleman – left Real Sociedad yesterday – good timing?

Recent reports on Sky Sports suggest that the 3 coaches Kevin Keegan could being to Newcastle are Chris Coleman as head coach, Arthur Cox and Lee Clark, who has just left the club for Norwich City, acting as an assistant manager for Glenn Roeder. Terry McDermott, who worked with Kevin in his first spell at the club is still at Newcastle, having been brought back by Graeme Souness in 2004, and Terry will stay at Newcastle United.

Lee Clark played for Kevin at Newcastle United and Fulham and of course is a local lad with future management ambitions and Arthur Cox is a former manager of Newcastle in the 1980s. Whether Lee Calrk would accept a job under Kevin and come back so soon to the club is unknown, but he may find it too much to turn down.

The major coach being linked with Kevin is Chris Coleman, who was recently managing Real Sociedad in the Spanish League. The former Fulham boss Coleman resigned from his post as Real Sociedad manager yesterday as it turns out, and that has fueled rumors that Chris could team up with his former manager Kevin Keegan. Coleman said he wouldn’t claim payment for the remaining 30 months of his contract with Real Sociedad. Coleman said yesterday:

“The club needn’t worry about this. Money wasn’t why we signed for Real.”

“If that was true, we could have earned more in England,”

Real Sociedad are currently fifth in the second division, two places outside a promotion place and were relegated at the end of last season, after 40 years in the first division.

As far as the rest of Kevin’s coaching staff is concerned Alan Shearer, Rob Lee and Peter Beardsley are already being mentioned. If Chris Coleman is appointed, we don’t think Alan will be part of Kevin’s coaching staff, but we should know the answer to that within 24 hours.

Newcastle United will hold their press conference tomorrow afternoon at 2pm local time, to introduce Kevin Keegan as their manager. The press conference will be beamed live on TV around the world, we understand.

Comments welcome.

41 comments so far

  • Leo*

    Jan 17, 2008 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #1

    its good that we can get someone who managed a good team in both fulham and real sociadad as our coach, i remember hearing rumours he would be coming to newcastle, no thought it could be as a coach

  • BrettToon

    Jan 17, 2008 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #2

    Boo.. .really???? Chris Coleman – thats pretty poor. I like the guy but NO!

  • Rob Kirton

    Jan 17, 2008 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #3

    Chris Coleman would be a good candidate.but lets not carried away with what could be great co-incidence. His departure from Sociedad has been expected for some time with the crunch with the incoming new president arising this week.

  • Kash2

    Jan 17, 2008 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #4

    Coleman would take the managerial pressure of KK, so would arthur Cox and Clarkie to an extent. Sounds like a very experienced coaching setup, but I hope they utilise Steve Round and the other people BSA brought on board!

  • James

    Jan 17, 2008 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #5

    Rob – That’s because Coleman is a very good number 2, but he’s not a very good number 1. The same applies to McLaren, Jol, Carlos Quieres. They are all number 2 men.

  • Cyprus Toon

    Jan 17, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #6

    So if Coleman comes onboard, we’re not gonna see Shearer, as I’m sure he’d no mind being No2 behind King Kev, but I can’;t see him being behind all those others as well…. No9 maybe!!

  • Rich

    Jan 17, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #7

    you love speculating dont you Ed?

    “If Chris Coleman is appointed, we don’t think Alan will be part of Kevin’s coaching staff”

    thats a rash statement if ever ive heard one, did you not hear Alan Shearer on MOTD?

    he would help Newcastle in anyway possible, exact words.

    I think Coleman is number 2 and Shearer as a coach would be an excellent team.

    Rumours are Lee Clarke is coming back to to be a 1st team coach.

  • valle

    Jan 17, 2008 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #8

    I still hope for Shearer 🙂

  • craig chisholm

    Jan 17, 2008 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #9


  • Sloop Jon B

    Jan 17, 2008 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #10

    Would be a good appointment- Coleman had reasonable success with a fairly limited Fulham side, and a chairman who stopped giving managers money.

    Experience in Spain will be valuable too- not many British coaches still in the game with European club experience as a coach or manager.

    No room for Shearer though.
    Doubt Clarkie would return so soon- tough to resist, but he is assistant at Norwich, and only just left.

  • Sloop Jon B

    Jan 17, 2008 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #11

    Was Coleman a coach under KK at Fulham?
    Or was he club captain, and coach under Tigana after his car crash?

  • ourman

    Jan 17, 2008 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #12

    Don’t be daft, Arthux Cox is 71 so it seems very unlikely. Clarke was sold by KK – a sale which was surounded by all sorts of rumours. I’d have no problem with Coleman – seems a decent bloke who did a solid job at Fulham.

    Fine by me.

  • James

    Jan 17, 2008 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #13

    I hear Quique Flores would like to be number 2… 🙂

  • maggpie

    Jan 17, 2008 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #14

    I thought this site was better than this. I don’t like headlines being conjecture but being stated as if they were fact.
    Great site otherwise but this is a practice I believe you should cease. 🙂

  • nufctj

    Jan 17, 2008 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #15

    This just in! Turns out that yesterday’s news of Keegan being appointed manager of NUFC was just a hoax to inspire the squad to victory over the Potters. Chris Mort has just announced that they are in fact bringing someone back from the past, but it is not King Kev.

    Graham Souness will be unveiled as the new(old?) manager of Newcastle United at a press conference tomorrow. He has already been busy on the transfer market as he will be bringing Titus Bramble and Jean-Alain Boumsong back to solidify the back line. He also is said to be keen on bringing in Kieron Dyer and Jermain (Fishbowl) Jenas to bring more consistency to our midfield. Toon fans are in a state of euphoria as they look forward to another run from the dashing scotsman!

  • Jeff D

    Jan 17, 2008 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #16

    Chris coleman would be a great choice as Keegans number two. That said so would Shearer. I bet Shearer gets announced at 2pm tomorrow as Keegans number two, and Coleman as coach.

  • craig chisholm

    Jan 17, 2008 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #17

    maggpie – the site is as good as i have seen for chatting amongst us. as far as i can see, all ed had to do was put a question mark after the writting and then it would become a question instead of the statement you mention. at the end of the day though, its splitting hairs and who cares. i have a feeling that it will not be shearer coming in at the minute though and it may well be coleman. the timing is right, thats for sure.

  • Kash2

    Jan 17, 2008 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #18


  • Kash2

    Jan 17, 2008 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #19

    I suppose Cookie coming on as number 2 is dependant on how much ambition he currently holds. I thought he did quite well with Fulham considering they’re proper garbage!

  • nufctj

    Jan 17, 2008 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #20

    I heard number 2 is going to be Jose Mourinho????

    He was offered number 1 but balked since he wasn’t sure he could handle the pressure.

    and number 3 and 4 will be Steve McClaren and…..

    Quique Flores of course…

  • Sloop Jon B

    Jan 17, 2008 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #21


  • Bill f

    Jan 17, 2008 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #22

    Actually, I heard that Shearer is coming back as a player along with Ginola and Ferdinand, to help recreate the good times under KK, Peter is still not sure though. 🙂 🙂

  • nufctj

    Jan 17, 2008 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #23

    lol Bill f!

    Wor Jackie is in too!

    Ghost winger!

  • b3v

    Jan 17, 2008 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #24

    Its been stated from glen roeder that lee clark has told him he will not leave for newcastle, well, that is according to skysports and we all know how reliable they are with their sources 😉

  • nufctj

    Jan 17, 2008 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #25

    ah yes sky sports! they have been so reliable through this whole period haven’t they? Well actually if you look at it from the standpoint of whatever Sky says is rubbish, they are pretty reliable!

  • Atrocious_Footwear

    Jan 17, 2008 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #26

    Clark and Keegan don’t get on uber well and I very much doubt Coleman will be assistant manager. Indeed, you do like specualting, probably to boost the number of hits to your site, but you’re never correct. Douche.

  • ObaFan2

    Jan 17, 2008 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #27

    Coleman would be a good appointment and if Peter Pan helps out too that would be great.
    The future looks bright.

    As for Shearer, his time will come. Let KK do his job and enjoy the ride. If KK wants Shearer there then he’ll ask him, if not then thats fine too.

  • Obafan

    Jan 17, 2008 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #28

    I really think Coleman would be a very good assistant for KK. He did a good job with Fulham 2 seasons ago. I also think he is a better n°2 than n°1, so go for him KK.

    I can’t see Shearer leaving the BBC to be the n°2. He is very clever by saying on the tele that they can call him; what else should he say if Lineker asks him if he would consider the job? No, that is not high enough for me. Come on what would that do with his reputation in the north east…

  • Obafan

    Jan 17, 2008 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #29

    I wonder if the players who are in Africa ATM already know who their new manager is going to be. I think they’ll all be excited!!!

  • Jamie G

    Jan 17, 2008 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #30

    why not shearer as forwards coach? like ally mccoist does for rangers. coleman could still be 1st team coach

  • Guinea Mag

    Jan 17, 2008 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #31

    If Shearer wants the No-2 slot, he should be offered it, as he’s going to manage Newcastle one day, so best he learns from one of the great entertainers…….

  • Mick G

    Jan 17, 2008 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #32

    As far as I know Chris Coleman did very little coaching at Fulham,it was Steve Keane,who is an excellent coach,and is rated very highly by those in the know(ie Me)

  • doc

    Jan 17, 2008 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #33

    all great news

    i want to say though that last night without a manager the 11 then 10 players put on a real show of passion and skill
    i dont want those efforts overlooked
    it was by fer the best performance for many many games and dont forget stoke are doing well it was no push over

    all last nights players deserve tremendous praise they all to a man looked class

  • Tripp

    Jan 17, 2008 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #34

    doc. I agree. Stoke were unbeaten in 12 (13?) and we looked a completely different side at Brittainia Park (or whatever Stoke’s ground is called). Just based on that you have to give the lads credit. It was a massive turn around (even more so after the flogging at Old Trafford). The import thing is to emphatically beat (but mostly just beat) Bolton on Sat.

  • Tripp

    Jan 17, 2008 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #35

    Where are my posts going?

  • Tripp

    Jan 17, 2008 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #36

    Doc, I agree. The difference between the performances at Brittania and SJP were many and given that the game in between was nothing short of disastrous really shows the level of inspiration. The lads deserve a lot of credit for that. They must have really hated BSA. These are two completely different sides we’ve seen in the span of 4 days.

  • Halliday

    Jan 17, 2008 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #37



    Jan 17, 2008 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #38

    beardsley as forwards coach

  • Ausgeordie

    Jan 17, 2008 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #39

    too much bloody middle management if you ask me. Why do they need four coaches? Aren’t they good enough at football?

  • scott9

    Jan 17, 2008 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #40

    coleman would be exellent i rate him as a manager harsh he gott sacked by fulham hell have knowledge of players in the trnafer market he would be a great aqquasion him and shearer to have some part in the backroom staff


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