The People is reporting this morning that Terry Venables has turned down the manager’s job at Newcastle United.
Terry Venables – praying while assistant to England’s Steve McClaren 😀
Venables was reportedly made an offer by owner Mike Ashley but refused the opportunity to end his five-year absence from management.
We hope this story is true, because it’s at least suggesting that Ashley realizes he must fill the vacant manager position at the club quickly, to halt our slide down the league, before we hit rock bottom.
Now The People is reporting that Ashley will turn his attention to former Liverpool boss, Gerard Houllier. But we think Gerard is too smart to take the job, which will be temporary at best.
Venables is now 65, and of course another cockney, so how well that would have been received by the Geordie masses, is debatable.
The People is also reporting that Ashley has cut his asking price for the club to £350M, but where exactly they get that information from has to be highly suspicious.
Surely a reasonable price is somewhere in the range of £270M, which gives Mike about a £30M profit in 16 months, which is not too bad at all.
But we expect a new manager to be appointed, because otherwise we will soon be bottom of the league, and Ashley will have even more trouble selling the club.
Comments very welcome.