If Newcastle United get relegated, and owner Mike Ashley decides to ditch Kevin Keegan, or even send him upstairs somewhere, there is news that top Spanish coach Marcelo Garcia Toral could then be heavily linked with the Newcastle job.
Racing Santandar’s 42 year old coach Marcelo Garcia Toral
Apparently sources in La Liga claim that an initial but unofficial approach has already been made for the very highly-rated Racing Santander chief. He is known in Spain as Marcelino, and the 42-year-old is already in discussions with Santander about renewing his contract, and has so far been linked with Sevilla – and now the Newcastle United interest has come to light.
We just got a severe pain in our shoulder when we saw his nickname. 🙁
We well remember Marcelino, the center-back, who Ruud Gullit, in his wisdom brought to the club in 1999, and was happy to be in the treatment room, and occasionally play for the Reserves. That’s only so he could pick up his wages – a mercenary if ever there was one. In three seasons at the club he made only 19 appearances – that just about tells it all.
Marcelino, Racing Santander’s manager, took Recreativo Huelva to promotion before moving to Santander, a much bigger club. But that is thought to be just a holding position until a bigger job comes along, probably in the Premier League. That’s where all the money and all the good players are these days, not to mention some top managers.
The young Spanish manager has Racing in fifth spot in the Spanish League, ahead of teams such as Valencia, Deportivo, Sevilla and Real Mallorca, and he seems a top coach in the making.
Marcelino could well follow in the footsteps of Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez and and Spurs chief Juande Ramos, two Spaniards who have enhanced their reputation big time in the Premier League.
Ramos’ move to Spurs was of course set up by Tony Jimenez – who is now a vice-president at Newcastle. Jimenez is well known around Europe and is a man who can get deals done. His contacts list is said to be extensive. and Tony could turn out to be a great acquisition for Newcastle over the years.
As well as scouting players, he obviously also notes who the up and coming coaches in Europe are. That’s not surprising and we’re sure some of this story is true but we think the approach has probably been minimal – so far.
When Big Sam was sacked back in January, we had nobody lined up to replace him. If another management change is necessary at the club it would be nice if we had someone ready to take the job.
The reports suggest there has been only tentative contact between Newcastle and Marcelino’s people at best – and nothing official. We think the story could be true to that extent.
Here’s a short biography on Marcelino – the manager.
Marcelo “Marcelino” GarcÃa Toral was born in August of 1965 in Asturias, Spain, and is the manager of Racing Santander, previously having been the head coach of Recreativo de Huelva and Sporting de GijÃ³n.
Toral had a six year playing career in the Spanish leagues with periods at GijÃ³n, Racing Santander, and Levante.
Marcelino began managing at GijÃ³n, the club he spent the majority of his playing career with, in 2003 and managed the team for two seasons.
He then took over at Huelva in the 2005-06 season, and helped Recre earn promotion from Segunda DivisiÃ³n to Primera DivisiÃ³n.
In the 2006-07 season, he led his squad to a top 10 finish in La Liga. He resigned at the end of the season and take over at Santander.
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