Zico – Newcastle Job A Privilege And Honor


Zico, the Brazilian legend seems to be interested in the manager job at Newcastle United, and may be the new front-runner.

Zico – would love the Newcastle job

The former Fenerbahce and Japan coach has already said he would be very interested in replacing Kevin Keegan at St James’ Park.

But it seems like Dennis Wise will retain his power over who comes and goes at Newcastle as Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has insisted the club infrastructure will not be changed.

Zico said yesterday:

“The Newcastle job is one that I would be very interested in taking. It would be a privilege and an honor.”

“I’ve always wanted to experience the Premier League as I believe I could enjoy much success coaching in England.”

“I am used to working alongside technical directors so this isn’t an issue for me. It’s normal for me to work in those conditions.’”

The Newcastle United club right now is in some turmoil, following the resignation of Kevin Keegan last week, and the club is expected to appoint a manager sometime next week, although most fans would be very happy to see Mike Ashley sell up and ship out, he is so unpopular on Tyneside.

Zico is now 55 years  old, and was one of the great Brazilian attacking midfielders, representing his country 88 times and scoring 66 goals.

In his football career, which lasted from 1971 until 1994, he played a total of 653 first class games and scored a phenomenal 399 goals. Wonder if he still plays? – just a thought.

Comments very welcome.



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232 comments so far

  • hitman

    Sep 9, 2008 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #1

    hes a better choice than poyet,and if poyet gets the job after what zico has says, is a total disgrce,jobs for the boys springs to mind

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  • Micky Toon

    Sep 9, 2008 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #2

    At last something to bring a bit of hope into the gloom. Why didn’t we go for Zico in the first place? Was he not available or was MA blinkered by his English Only policy on management?

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  • broon ale

    Sep 9, 2008 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #3

    frank Rijkard is far and away the stand out candidate!

    Zico? Unconvinced. dont know why. my gut instinct says no!

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  • Taiwantoon

    Sep 9, 2008 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #4

    A fantastic player, but not the world beater as a manager. I am against Poyet as he is clearly in the frame only because he is close to Wise, but I would be more concerned if Zico becomes our next coach. Japan is almost a super power in Asian footy and Zico had that special touch to mess it.

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  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 9, 2008 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #5

    Yessss!!!

    Some good news at last.

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  • scottish mag

    Sep 9, 2008 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #6

    FINALLY LINKED WITH A QUALITY MANAGER TO TAKE OVER THE REIGNS, JUST NEED AMBANI AS WELL

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  • shaimoss

    Sep 9, 2008 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #7

    I actually think this would go some small way into appeasing us – this guy has the charisma to carry this off as well a great knowledge and obvious respect in the game – defo not a yes man like Poyet

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  • SouthLincsToon

    Sep 9, 2008 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #8

    I’d rather see Big Sam or Gullit back than Poyet.

    If MA is not gonna budge then I think we should be looking for a top quality foreign coach.
    e.g. Realistically – Zico, Terim
    e.g. Optimistically – Mancini, Rijkaard
    e.g. Pessimistically – Poyet, Zola, Deschamps

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  • broon ale

    Sep 9, 2008 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #9

    what has he done in his managerial career for people to consider this a good move.

    before anyone says he done well in turkey may i remind you that graeme Souness done well in turkey.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 9, 2008 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #10

    Liked him as a player cracking shot on him but dunno much about him as a manager.

    Poyet would be a cool choice such a wealth of experience at the highest level…haha that would be such a mad appointment i would fall of my chair…and bash Ashley round his heed with the broken legs : )

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  • Charlie

    Sep 9, 2008 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #11

    If he is prepared to work within the system Ashley is using and can provide us with some good attacking football he may be our best hope. Poyet is a massive mistake cause he has something to do with Tottenham and thats enough for me.

    He may be the breath of fresh air we need

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  • boater

    Sep 9, 2008 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #12

    Broon ale… hoping for Rijkaard now is a bit like campaigning for Arshavin… or Beckham and Lampard for that matter – two weeks ago.

    Eerie how we are in for spanish speaking managers… ties in with the summer signings – weird that eh.

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  • boater

    Sep 9, 2008 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #13

    And before you say…. I know Portuguese is the 1st language in Brazil.

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  • laurent32

    Sep 9, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #14

    after a lot of investigation im not really convinced by this one. his record admittedly with fenerbahce is pretty good but im just not sure if he will have the mental toughness to handle the pressure at the toon. i also think he would struggle with the type of budget we are running on these days. if there was money there i think he’d be a very good choice as he always adapts his teams to the brazilian attacking and short passing style of play. (kinda like arsenal). with the players we have i dont think thats possible as very few of them can pass the ball well.
    saying that though i’d have him over wises boyfriend any day.

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  • broon ale

    Sep 9, 2008 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #15

    boater. i never said i hope for rijkard. I just pointed out he was the best candidate.

    i dont see why he couldnt be pursuaded. he needs a job and we have a vacancy.

    still waiting for why zico would be such a good choice?

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  • Incognito

    Sep 9, 2008 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #16

    I find it hard to believe anyone would feel it was an honour or privilege to work beneath the Poison Dwarf.

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  • geordiejayne

    Sep 9, 2008 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #17

    ASHLEY OUT

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lc8qfQehNg

    make up your own mind this is a free nation

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  • broon ale

    Sep 9, 2008 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #18

    laurent32- souness had a good record in turkey

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  • Jack

    Sep 9, 2008 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #19

    I’ll be honest, I do follow Japan games and the team coached by Zico was very poor to be honest.

    Hope he does a better job if he ever comes to Newcastle.

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  • laurent32

    Sep 9, 2008 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #20

    broon ale i agree this is true but souness was a tit and failed mainly because he fell out with all our best players. if you actually check his record with us its not that bad really. plus zico plays a much better style of play which will please the fans. and also if you read my post i did say at the start that i wasnt very convinced he would be a good appointment anyway i was just trying to find positives about him.

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  • JONNY

    Sep 9, 2008 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #21

    Zico

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  • hitman

    Sep 9, 2008 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #22

    the way things are going we will end up with poyet,it looks like wise has the power a sjp.

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  • broon ale

    Sep 9, 2008 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #23

    LAURENT32. fair enough. not many positives about zico am afraid. as i said earlier, the gut instincts say NO TO ZICO

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  • Estranged

    Sep 9, 2008 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #24

    Terim sorry zico aint dat good

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  • TOONPIPES

    Sep 9, 2008 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #25

    With you there broon ale .. i take terim over zico .. . classic case of legendary footballer average manager … bit like hoddle in my opinion…

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  • TOONPIPES

    Sep 9, 2008 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #26

    Ye dont manage in the Japanese league for owt other than money ….

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  • zeetoon

    Sep 9, 2008 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #27

    much rather have fatih terim…

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  • nando

    Sep 9, 2008 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #28

    Problem with having Zico as the manager is you dont have the players for a quick passing game that he likes to play. Ashley wont pay big for the signings he would need and i doubt those sort of players would want to join.

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  • laurent32

    Sep 9, 2008 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #29

    broon ale. i too dont think zico would be a good appointment but i think he would be better than poyet. if poyet had even an average start the fans would be on his back from day one, this is never a good situation to be in. would rather someone with a proven record of success at a top team come in though. unfortunately i cant see that happening.

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  • Ian

    Sep 9, 2008 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #30

    Brilliant he might get it because…..

    no f****r else wants it.

    Find a new owner, if they are quick enough we will remain in the premiership.

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  • The Entertainers

    Sep 9, 2008 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #31

    I have never felt this way about an incoming manager before…..but i honestly dont care.

    Our problem is still there and even with a new manager will still be there.

    Wouldnt the board love the smoke screen of a new manager to get the fans thinking about things other than ‘sack the board’!

    Concentrate on selling up and paying off your mates contracts and then never darken our doorstep again.

    Then i can get back to caring about our new manager!

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  • ken

    Sep 9, 2008 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #32

    pak-toon hehe

    Good it brings some feelings
    We all know what is gonna happend if ashley stays.

    evildick if AMBANI really want to but this club, is because of all the trouble, and ashley is in a very bad possition right know, so he have to take that he can get. thats why AMBANI here.

    Toon chicken- sorry but im not english, so sorry for my crappy grammar 😉

    NEWCASTLE UNITED BOYCOTT VIDEO
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lc8qfQehNg

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  • Marty

    Sep 9, 2008 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #33

    Zico or Rijkard would be decent…
    much better than PUPPET

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  • capt. darlin

    Sep 9, 2008 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #34

    I think sometimes us Newcastle fans convince ourselves we are the best fans in the world….. Remember the last game of the full season when Bobby was in charge. Finished in european places again yet the team were booed off and everyone one left prior to the “lap of honour/ thankyou to the fans.” I think we should support the team through the good and bad during the 90mins of the match. Booing helps noone and booing your team off at half time / full time is a disgrace in my opinion. In recent years we have created an atmophere that the home team is frightened to play in rather than the away team.
    When Keegan was here the first time he was given all the money anyone could have wanted, signed the best players and he still quit… This time he has walked for other reasons, but he s gone…. howay the lads!!!

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  • Toon_Ksk

    Sep 9, 2008 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #35

    With his reputation, he can attract good brazilian players to our club, HOWEVER, it is pointless since the club does not have the financial means to sign any decent players.

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  • tyneside tommo

    Sep 9, 2008 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #36

    Wakey wakey! It doesn’t matter if God Almighty is the next appointment. He will be an Ashley “yes” man and will have to work with the crap that Wise signs up.

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  • Spyro

    Sep 9, 2008 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #37

    “With his reputation, he can attract good brazilian players to our club, HOWEVER, it is pointless since the club does not have the financial means to sign any decent players.”

    so the plaers we have aren’t quality players then lol

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  • kev

    Sep 9, 2008 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #38

    To be honest i dont even want a word class manager to “coach” newcastle untill Mike Ashley packs up and leaves. His antics go beyond player transfers, not only is his behavor negative towards the success of the team. Hes put match day beer up to 3.60 for half a litfre from 2.50 a pint ticket prices up, players wages down, treated the messaiah like a dog. Made our club the laughing stock of europe and lied to our fans about the direction our club will be heading this season. A boycot would be hard but is neccessary for the club and the players I’m sure they want a new board as much as us. Standing out side the stadium and chanting sack the board and also singing in support of the players would send the right message. as well as not spending anything in the sports soccer stores unless every one wants to go to all the nufc stores and get ASHLEY OUT on their shirts

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  • MAG PIE

    Sep 9, 2008 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #39

    Kevin Keegan please

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  • Spyro

    Sep 9, 2008 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #40

    MAG PIE

    I cant really see KK coming back for a third time in all honesty, and in truth, i dont want him back either

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