Will Keegan Bring Fazackerley Back To Newcastle?

News today that Manchester City have parted company with their first-team,  and former Newcastle coach, Derek Fazackerley.


Kevin with Sven Eriksson last season  -  two excellent coaches

Derek joined City in 2001 and worked under managers Kevin Keegan, Stuart Pearce and Sven-Göran Eriksson at the Lancashire club.

He also worked of course with Kevin Keegan in Kevin’s first stint at Newcastle, and since we are still short of a coach, following the departure of Steve Round to Everton late last week, we wonder if Kevin will invite Derek to Newcastle, to work with him again on the Newcastle Revolution – mach 2?

Derek seemed to have a difficult time at City, because Stuart Pearce made him a scout for the club, and brought in Steve Wrigley. But then under Sven Eriksson last season, Derek was on the bench again next to Sven and coaching again.

His position at the club was obviously placed under review following Sven-Göran Eriksson’s departure and the appointment of Mark Hughes as the new manager.

Fazackerley was linked with a return to Newcastle United even last January, when Kevin Keegan began his second spell at St James’ Park, and if Kevin wants to bring him back to Tyneside, now would seem the perfect time.

Another former Newcastle coach available is Steve Clark from Chelsea. Steve was let go from Chelsea several weeks back, after former manager Avram Grant was sacked.

Steve is an excellent coach, and was at the club with Ruud Gullit, but Steve actually did well in that time, unlike his boss.    😀

Steve may also be in demand from his former boss Jose Mourinho at Inter-Milan, and we just don’t know what’s going on behind the scenes with Steve and which offers he’s getting.

But the appointment of either Derek or Steve as coach at the Tyneside club again would be well received, and either would be a big help to Kevin, in the massive job that lies ahead for him.

Comments welcome.

28 comments so far

  • t-g-w

    Jul 8, 2008 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #1

    I read in The Times yesterday that Steve Clarke is actually staying at Chelsea at least for the time being. Great to have comments back ,Ed, keep up the good work.

  • Ericles

    Jul 8, 2008 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #2

    Fazackerley is a known quality and he knows KK and the toon. Bring him back as part of the backroom team. He is a proven coach.

  • LondonToon

    Jul 8, 2008 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #3

    Seems an obvious one really, with Newcastle needing a coach and Derek out of a job. But I would rather Steve Clarke, just look at his record!

  • tapir

    Jul 8, 2008 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #4

    Kevin with sven?

  • Davies

    Jul 8, 2008 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #5

    It’d be nice to see them both back. I don’t think it would be a case of too many cooks at all. However, my preference will always be Faz. Reminds me of the good times.

  • Kash2

    Jul 8, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #6

    Dream Team!!!!

  • nobbyyyyyy

    Jul 8, 2008 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #7

    speaking of coaches

    quieroz to portugal = ronaldo to real madrid

    great having comments back i missed you guys

    keep up the good work mate 🙂

  • gorskino10

    Jul 8, 2008 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #8

    Well if he deals with the Tactics side give that guy a good mark at games when playing Man U and hard opposition but then again for the second half of the season they were poor hopefully he’ll be ok though.

  • Fernando

    Jul 8, 2008 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #9


  • daiv

    Jul 8, 2008 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #10

    Does Kevin know what is going on at this club anymore? There is def something wrong. You could not shut him up last time around at the club and now I’ve not hears a peep from him. Worrying times. But anyway we can trust the owners to always tell the truth can’t we? They said Sams job was safe and then …. suddenly it wasn’t. They are hardly likely to admit they are trying to sell the club are they?

  • Micky Toon

    Jul 8, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #11

    I’d be happy to see either Faz or Clarke back at the club. Clarke would be my first choice.

  • Tjodalf

    Jul 8, 2008 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #12

    Steve Clarke was caretaker of NUFC for a short period after Sir Bobby was sacked wasn’t he?
    He did very well then.
    And I think we would be very lucky to have him on board again, but I assume he will be looking for a slightly higher role than a coach. Probably could get his managerial debut at a lower club actually. Just don’t know what he wants really, which is really hard, because I’m not him, and I can’t read his mind. I can try, but I will not succeed. But it would be cool if I could.

    I love this site. just press F5 and there is a new story. Ed Harrison, you are my favorite blogger. (is that what it’s called..?)

  • Marko

    Jul 8, 2008 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #13

    This may sound like a stupid question….but I live in London and want to go and see Newcastle play away this season against one of the less-good London teams (Fulham, West Ham, Tottenham). How do I get 2 tickets for the away end? I’ve checked some sights but they’re all charging over 120 quid for a ticket.

    My preference is Spurs as we always spank tham by about 3 goals.


  • LondonToon

    Jul 8, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #14

    Getting tickets for Fulham away is easy as they have a whole stand dedicated to the away and “neutral” fans.

    You can get them on the Fulham website or even get them the door, as I did for the 1-0 last season. Joey Barton’s one glorious moment in a Newcastle shirt?

  • Mac

    Jul 8, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #15

    Right today i’m not asking for much i’m off to work soon to mix with Liverpool undesierables being held at her majestys pleasure. But when i get home tonight i would like Inler,Aimar and Skjelbred to be holding toon shirts outside St James park. i’m not asking too much an I?

  • 51times

    Jul 8, 2008 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #16

    LondonToon – Did you not see him during our end of season run? He was playing really well.

  • LondonToon

    Jul 8, 2008 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #17

    Yeah he was playing pretty well, although I don’t think he ever got close to the form he showed at Man City. What I meant was that it was his only really special moment for us.

  • Spyro

    Jul 8, 2008 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #18

    most of the team was playing really well towards the end of the season as that is when we had our easiest matches, as soon as we played a couple of good teams we let in 5 goals and scored 1

  • Alan

    Jul 8, 2008 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #19

    Didn’t he have a falling out with Michael owen or something?

  • Neil B

    Jul 8, 2008 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #20

    Bit of a dodgy one this Ed, at no point has Steve Clarke ever been in danger of losing his job at Chelsea, so to link him with us is as crazy as linking us with David Villa.

    He’s staying at Chelsea end of. However I would say with Steve Round moving on, there is a chance Keegan would add someone, perhaps Fazackerley, to the staff just so he has more people around him he knows and trusts.

  • Leo

    Jul 8, 2008 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #21

    tjoldaf i dont think it was steve clark

    i think it was john carver- with his 100% record!!! big of a legend in my book, now manages some canadian MLS team

  • Graham

    Jul 8, 2008 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #22

    If my memory serves me correctly (which it doesn’t all the time) did Fazackerley not leave NUFC the first time round for family reasons i.e. to be closer to them???

    This may still be a stumbling block, but then again a few years have passed and kids could weell be grown up. If he’s available get him – and Steve Clark too!


    Jul 8, 2008 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #23

    Fazackerley and Keegan had a major bust up with Michael Owen during Kevs england years and it came to a head in Euro 2000.

    KK and Owen have made up, But according to Owens auto he said Fazackerley used to pick on him and Gerrard said he could have punched him on a dozen occasions!

    Dyer, Woodgate and Barry all complained later about his attitude towards the younger players.

    Not the best way to be with young lads with our new strategy on youth development, However any reference to the good old times is welcome for me!

    Clark wouldnt be anywhere near the club as far as im concerned, Reading Stuart Pearces and Rob lees books opened my eyes towards him, His sarcastic attitude towards Phsyco, Lee and Shearer and Some of the staff like Tommy Craig, Derek Wright and the kit men was disgusting.

  • LondonToon

    Jul 8, 2008 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #24

    CRAIGG – what sort of things did he say to Shearer and co?

  • dan_from_france

    Jul 8, 2008 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #25

    i thought that steve clark was still there but ten cate was the 1 who left bcoz he bi linked to loadz of available jobs like blackburn. so steve is still at CHELSEA

  • Hadrian

    Jul 8, 2008 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #26

    get both , clarke and faz .
    we gave sam enough backroom staff to fill a football squad , give keegan both !


    Jul 8, 2008 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #27


    Clarke sat next to Pearce at a table and started asking if any of the young reserve defenders were any good, Despite the fact that he was fully fit and pointlessly relegated to the reserves, 6 months earlier he was still in the England squad.

    Pearce said he was taking the mick.

    Gullit the hard man apparently stood up in the dressing room in front of all the staff and players and said to Shearers face that he was “The most overrated player he had ever” seen and was trying to sell him to Villa.

    He also used to throw their shoes at the kit man to polish without saying please or thank you when all he really had to do was clean boots and kits.

    They used to take most of the young lads for a practice match with the seniors and leave Tommy Craig with a couple of youngsters, Lee, Dabizas, Pistone and Pearce.

    He also called Craigs reserve team S**t despite the fact they won the reserve league.

    Gullit brought in a fitness expert to work with Howey and Ferguson without telling the physios who had worked with them day in day out for months.

    To be fair Gullit was the main problem but Clark just nodded and agreed with everything Gullit said and for that I wouldnt want him back.

  • LondonToon

    Jul 8, 2008 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #28

    Hmm, doesn’t sound too great I guess. But then if he’s good enough for Mourinho…


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