Nigel Pearson Wanted To Leave Newcastle


It seems that Nigel Pearson was the one who wanted to leave Newcastle United, and his decision to go seems to have surprised Kevin Keegan.

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Nigel Pearson – told Keegan he wanted to leave


Kevin Keegan said on the club’s official website today:

“Nigel came to me the day before yesterday and said I want to go.” “I asked him for a reason but never really got one.”

“I said ‘is it me?’ and he said definitely not. I asked if it was someone else around the club and he said no.” “But he was very honest and said ‘I want to go’.”

“I asked him to think about it but he came in yesterday and said he had made his mind up, he’d talked about it with friends and wanted to go.” “I don’t think there was any doubt we were working closely but you have to respect his decision.”

“I like Nigel Pearson very much, he’s a good coach and I wish him good luck in the future.”

So it seems any link with Alan Shearer coming in is just not true, although we understand that Alan will start coaching at the club soon.

The news about Nigel leaving was not good news to us because Nigel has a very good name in the coaching world, and has been a solid coach at the club and we were sorry to see him go – especially when it looks like he just wanted to leave.

Kevin will now have to bring in another coach to Newcastle soon. Not sure if Shearer coaching on a part-time basis will be enough right now.

Comments welcome.



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30 comments so far

  • Hammy

    Feb 9, 2008 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #1

    Bye Arnie…..

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  • GP

    Feb 9, 2008 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #2

    He’s done nothing with our defence in the past 18 months or however long he’s been here, so who cares?

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  • gloryhunter

    Feb 9, 2008 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #3

    I wonder what Mark Lawrenson is doing before 22:30 on Saurdays.

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  • Chicken

    Feb 9, 2008 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #4

    never liked the smoggie tw@t anyway – good riddance

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  • Lasse R

    Feb 9, 2008 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #5

    How much worse can it get? I’m not gonna miss him. And looking at the bench the last few games, KK and McD. looking like best friends with poor Nigel cut out of the loop…

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  • Gordon

    Feb 9, 2008 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #6

    Not a fan – poor history as a manager, defensive, ex-Smoggie. Not bothered he left

    Bring Beardo back from the Boro!!! It’s criminal he’s there…

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  • Ant

    Feb 9, 2008 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #7

    Gordon – Damn right!!

    Pedro and Shearer?

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  • big pea ov the weab

    Feb 9, 2008 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #8

    big all wont touch us with a barge pole at the min y would he big al is a hero around st james park he would b instantly turned into a villan over night if he came here

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  • Cyprus Mag

    Feb 9, 2008 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #9

    “…because Nigel has a very good name in the coaching world, and has been a solid coach at the club ..”. Ed I’ve asked you this before without reply, how do you justify this statement? What is it about the Newcastle team over the past 2 years or so that Pearson has been in charge that would make anyone say “that team has a good coach”. ?

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  • Gordon

    Feb 9, 2008 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #10

    Cyprus Mag – Ed is all about the unqualified comment!

    He also says each youth player we buy is a great signing for the club without ever having seen them play!

    Two other bugbears:

    1. Ed you say “WE” in all your articles when you mean YOU

    2. You use the phrase “Good words” after quoting someone in nearly every article. Break it up a bit!!

    Apart from that appreciate all the work you put in getting so many articles up each day 🙂

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  • George

    Feb 9, 2008 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #11

    A respected man as far as coaching goes. Well done. Unfortunately under Big Sam no praise was ever forth coming. Under KK he speaks highly of NP.
    Fact is our defence is no better than last year but you can not blame NP for that as the rot was already there. What we need, again, is a new defence set up from scratch as it is plain to see that what we have can not play together.
    The only thing that people can accuse NP of is leaving a sinking ship, but lets face it, who can blame him. It is no point at looking for stool pigeons now, as these players are performing under the new regime.

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  • scotty

    Feb 9, 2008 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #12

    Never mind all this! You cant tell me KK has come back to pick this team? 10 years ago he would have gave the reserves a go. Looks to me as tho someone above is picking the team – may as well have FFS back. This is the darkest spell EVER as a NUFC supporter but i’m glad Pearson has gone all the same.

    Any manager with half a brain would not pick Carr, Butt, Barton or Smith in the starting 11.

    Boro above us and the mackems very close behind………….

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  • Gordon

    Feb 9, 2008 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #13

    scotty – “10 years ago he would have gave the reserves a go” WHAT RUBBISH!

    10 years ago he SCRAPPED the reserves because they dared to play on the St James’ Park pitch costing us the likes of Carrick…

    Even he acknowledges that was mistake! Get your facts right.

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  • DC

    Feb 9, 2008 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #14

    Shut the door on ur way out will you Nigel? cheers…

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  • daiv

    Feb 9, 2008 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #15

    Why would a coach leave Newcastle on a good screw half way through the season. he has not been sacked. Think about it lads? he could have sat there and done as he was told. He didn’t…why? Because he didn’t like KK? I don’t think so…or because he was undermined by that clown mcdermott who should be kicked out of NUFC. How come MCclown manages to survive all these years. He and KK are too pally.

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  • Cyprus Mag

    Feb 9, 2008 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #16

    Gordon,
    While I agree with you on not agreeing with everything Ed prints I also appreciate what he does.

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  • gloryhunter

    Feb 9, 2008 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #17

    McClown has kept his job cos he’s an ass licker

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  • Gordon

    Feb 9, 2008 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #18

    Cyprus Mag – constructive criticism can’t hurt 🙂

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  • CJ

    Feb 9, 2008 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #19

    Mcclown has got ginger hair and should never have got the Job for that reason and has anyone noticed Capello walks as though he has got something stuck up his jeer.

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  • Memphis

    Feb 9, 2008 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #20

    It all seems to be turning rather sour.

    Nightmare!!

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  • Leo*

    Feb 9, 2008 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #21

    get pedro in, i am not suprised how well boro are doing if beardo is working there.

    not sad to see nigel go, he was crap. i remember where i was when he was brought in, airport in singapore and had no idea who he was or of his atributes, as till today i still dont

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  • Punk Skunk

    Feb 9, 2008 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #22

    Please bring Pedro back!..

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  • Gordon

    Feb 10, 2008 at 12:17 AM

    Comment #23

    I’ve started something 😉

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  • Mr T

    Feb 10, 2008 at 3:14 AM

    Comment #24

    ‘m sorry, but the fact s, when you compare two times. 1)b4 oearson became nvolved to 2) when pearson was apponted. 1)sht defence 2)ok defence, not great…..but a damned improvement.

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  • DaveyParkender

    Feb 10, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #25

    “Don`t want Pearson cos he`s smoggy tw@t” Your beloved Pedro is a smoggy tw@t now!!!!!!!!!
    ” Boro above us, Mackems closing in” Sounds to me like yer shatting yer pants! C`mon Boro!!

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  • George

    Feb 10, 2008 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #26

    Just a quick note to Gordon, you mention that Carrick did not come to NUFC because of the pitch. Very wrong. Carrick has not come to NUFC for one reason and one reason only and from his own mouth, “they rejected me when a teenager saying i was not up to it and not big enough”. Nothing to do with the pitch or KK or GS or KD or GR or AC or SA or RG or Sir BR or the SJP pitch.

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  • daiv

    Feb 10, 2008 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #27

    Pearson left because he was the official number 2 but Keegan treated him like the number 3 or less. Keegan’s best mate McClown became number 2. Just look at the way they cosy up to each other at the dugout. What choice did pearson have? Be his own man or crawl around keegan and McClown.

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  • Number 70

    Feb 11, 2008 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #28

    Um. Arthur Cox is Keegans #2. U havent see him at match days in the dug out but he’s about

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  • Leo*

    Feb 11, 2008 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #29

    as in the solicitors? Arthur Cox lol… what does he look like…?

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  • Leo*

    Feb 11, 2008 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #30

    whats his record as well?

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