Newcastle’s Tentative Approach To Marcelo Garcia Toral

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” García 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 Gijón.

Toral had a six year playing career in the Spanish leagues with periods at Gijón, Racing Santander, and Levante.

Marcelino began managing at Gijón, 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 División to Primera División.

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.

Comments very welcome.

18 comments so far

  • Pan

    Mar 16, 2008 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #1

    Hope we don’t change managers again.

    Does anyone else think that results might improve at SJP if they played local hero again before a match?

    To me, it isn’t the same without it!

  • Soren

    Mar 16, 2008 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #2

    Have just seen the “real” marcelino in a fishing program on discovery channel 😛 But seriously, do we really think they would get a new manager already??? I don’t.

  • Tommyy

    Mar 16, 2008 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #3

    Possibly lining him up on a shortlist of players to take over when KK’s contract is up? He is young and has not been in the business long, and by the sounds of it is promising. However he does sound like he should stay settled at Santander for a couple of years (or until KK’s contract is up) as he has been on the move a few times. This would allow NUFC to see if he makes progress and keep his success consistant, therefore allowing him to become a perfect candidate in 3 years time.

  • dougnufc

    Mar 16, 2008 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #4

    Why would he want to go to Newcastle, if newcastle got relegated?

  • Zx

    Mar 16, 2008 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #5

    He is just a Sam Allardyce of Spain. He is not yet a winner. Highly rated, but probably over rated.

  • scott 9

    Mar 16, 2008 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #6

    this is a load of bull s*it we didnt even play yesterday and we still get put on the back of every newspaper its a disgrace

  • Leo

    Mar 16, 2008 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #7

    yep, the newspapers have nothing to print, hence this cr@p come up.

    keegan is king.

  • Hadji

    Mar 16, 2008 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #8

    MA please get this guy,he’ll bring a lot of Spanish talents to the club,Santander is playing very atractive football under him.
    He can maybe bring Garay who’s gonna be a world class defender in few years.

  • GP

    Mar 16, 2008 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #9

    If we change managers again we’ll be an even bigger laughing stock and it’ll set us back yet another season.

  • Nick Dryden

    Mar 16, 2008 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #10

    I love KK but I’ve always felt we needed a top European coach to keep us up with the technical
    and lifestyle aspects. If KK continues to sign his death warrant with the likes of Smith, Barton , Butt and Duff, ths guy Marcelino could be just what we need.

  • Hadrian

    Mar 16, 2008 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #11

    if they do that to kev , nufc will not get another penny out of me and they can forget my support .
    ive had years of one bunch messing my club around , ill not stand by and fianance another decade of crap .

    as for any of the muppets going ‘get this guy’
    your pathetic !!!!! , jonny foreigner’s done f**k all , yet you muppets will still try and pass that off as more than keegan has .

  • Hadrian

    Mar 16, 2008 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #12

    the toon wouldnt get another penny from me if they pulled a stunt like this .
    as for all you who want jhonny foreigner here , and are calling for a ‘top eu coach’ , you will be convincing you dumb asses that he’s done more than keegan and its a great idea .

  • Sturla

    Mar 16, 2008 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #13

    Yes, lets change manager yet again. The team has improved every time we have. The press constantly reports that Newcastle are about to change their manager. It’s called to make up news. It’s far to common when it comes to football and it’s actually bad journalism. News papers are supposed to report news, not make news. The problem is that newspapers are willing to break the ethic code of journalists to increase sales of papers by making up shocking stories.

  • Dragoner

    Mar 16, 2008 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #14

    just looking at our scouts staff, all british, what a joke, no wonder we never get any good players


    Mar 16, 2008 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #15

    Dragoner i dont think that really dignifies an answer with the top foreign talent weve signed over the last 15 years you tit


    Mar 16, 2008 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #16

    And what do you mean we never get good players weve had some great players at this club

  • dragoner

    Mar 16, 2008 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #17

    when was the last time we bought a foreign youngster that turned into a great player Craigg you dickhead?

    check the top teams and see if all of THEIR scouting staff are British you nob!

  • chuck

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #18

    Look we all love Kev. and would like to see the 5 -zip thrashing of Man U. played in perpetuity, but his recent stints as manager of “Citeh”& the national team suggest thats not going to be the case.
    However he did put a decent team to-gether during the 90`s and perhaps given the dosh and the assistance of a tactitian ,plus what seems from accounts to be a knowledgeable scouting
    network. he just might be a success.
    It goes without saying a big time clear out and some quality buys will be required ,which will not come cheap. The summer transfer market will tell whether there is a serious intent to be a top club or an also ran.


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