Reports Newcastle Ready To Appoint New Manager

The Newcastle Journal is reporting this morning that they have been told by a senior Newcastle United official, there is a possibility a new manager may be appointed before the home game against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.

Mike Ashley – about to appoint interim manager?

That may not be good news for Newcastle fans, because it suggests it will still be some time before Ashley finally sells the club. At this time it is not known whether the appointment is for a temporary manager to take over the club in the interim, or if it is a permanent appointment.

Although it’s hard to see how it could be a permanent appointment with Ashley presumably trying to sell the club quickly. Apparently The Newcastle Board are meeting in London this week to discuss potential management candidates.

It seems that Ashley has finally recognized the club needs more stability restored.

It’s as much a business decision right now as anything else, because more defeats will only help drive down the selling price of the Tyneside club, so this move is as much to protect Mike Ashley as anybody else.

Chris Hughton will try to turn the ship around tonight in the Cup tie against Spurs at St. James’ Park, and another defeat would really see the mood on Tyneside darken even further.

The club is in the biggest mess it’s been in my almost 50 years of following Newcastle United, but that’s what happens when people buy the club, and have no idea how to run it. My father must be turning over in his grave.

So sad.

Comments welcome.

83 comments so far

  • lesh

    Sep 24, 2008 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #1

    Micky Mouse perhaps?

  • td

    Sep 24, 2008 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #2

    whose ashley going to support tonight? that is the question. what a depression.

  • dougnufc

    Sep 24, 2008 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #3

    Who would forgive Ashley if he did this:

    -Appoint Fatih Terim
    -Sack Wise
    -No more Director of Football
    -Manager allowed to buy players
    -100million transfer budget

    I would

    Just dreaming,

  • Ericles

    Sep 24, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #4

    Is there any sense in this? There is no guarantee that a new owner will keep Ashleys appointee. Whoever it is has every chance of going out the door along with Wise, Llambi-arse and the rest of the clowns. It just goes to show what contept the board has for NUFC – on the way out and they still want to dump a load of manure on the steps of St James Park.

  • k k forever

    Sep 24, 2008 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #5


  • Ganiyu

    Sep 24, 2008 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #6

    Who is he?
    Weapon for spurs would be unleashed tonight.oba

  • seetow

    Sep 24, 2008 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #7

    ganiyu where are your chumps!!! 😀

  • Bill F

    Sep 24, 2008 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #8

    If the stories are correct, he was supposedly prepared to gamble over £3oom on the stock market (and lose) so wtf didn’t he back KK and gamble £100m on players in the transfer window. At least he would have something to sell to prospective buyers, although he wouldn’t be needing to sell if he had. The more you read the more you wonder how he has managed to be so as successful as he has.
    I would suspect any appointment would be of the Venables temporary stand in type.

  • Nick

    Sep 24, 2008 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #9

    Hughton is a dead loss (losing at home to Hull!!!)
    but you just know it would be someone equally as uninspiring and probably a massively disappointing anticlimax like O’Leary or Coppell.

    Maybe there was just a tad of over reaction to the whole KK thing and now no one is winning.
    No buyer, no manager = crap team.

    Normally my pals would come round tonight to watch on sky, but they’ve all cried off. Desperate times.

    I still think a Houllier /Terim type figure could do a job in this continental structure. Who knows, a bit of solidity and maybe we could take off our black and white glasses and view things more objectively and try and move forward.

    As I’ve always said there has to be a plan B for just this situation, because Ashley can talk up a sale but he could be here for ages yet and an air of antagonism and confrontation = relegation.

  • Karltoon

    Sep 24, 2008 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #10

    I still maintain that venables is in and around the city.. Although im only holding onto this because it’d be the first time i’ve been right..

  • Russell

    Sep 24, 2008 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #11

    Totally agree with everything you have just said,I to about the same age, and like my dad, he must be turning in his grave.This situation is truly awful.The honest truth is that I just cannot see any light at the end of this dark tunnel.Relegation is I’m afraid, a stark reality.Something has to happen NOW….or we are finished.

    A totally gutted and depressed.


  • nando

    Sep 24, 2008 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #12

    I cant wait for tonight. I am sitting in a coffee shop catching up on some work counting down the hours. poyet for manager by the way.

  • FarAwayFan

    Sep 24, 2008 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #13

    Do you think all this problems happen becoz of Big Sam?

    He sign players below expectation and giv them crazy wages (smith 60K). Maybe thats why Ashly set up this system to prevent another manager like Sam destroying the club?

    Coz the system is only implemented after they sack Sam rite?

  • Bill F

    Sep 24, 2008 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #14

    Hughton was effectively handed the poisoned chalice and is in a no win situation. If his teams win then it is the KK legacy, and if they lose then he is useless. I would hate to be in his shoes at present.

  • ToonEskimo

    Sep 24, 2008 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #15

    I’d be prepared to get relegated just to get rid of Ashley and his clan……rapidly losing the will to live…..

  • Bill F

    Sep 24, 2008 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #16

    Ed what have I done to suddenly get moderated?

  • Bill F

    Sep 24, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #17

    Oh, sorry it looked as if I was.

  • Micky Toon

    Sep 24, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #18

    ToonEskimo – you say that, but if we did get relegated, what would people do in the summer? They would be bedsheeting all over the place because we can’t sign Asharvin etc.. because we are in the championship. Not everyone, but a very vocal part of the toon army want us to be spending £150million every summer on big time charlies. In the championship we’d be lucky to sign Kenwyne Jones from the scummers.

  • Micky Toon

    Sep 24, 2008 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #19

    comments borked again? I know for a fact I didn’t use any naughty words, so where’s me musings?

  • Macas

    Sep 24, 2008 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #20

    FarAwayFan – while I was glad to see the back of Big Sam, you have to remember that when Ashley took over he wouldn’t spend any money on transfers until he had done a full review of the club’s finances. Which meant that some of the players Allardyce wanted he couldn’t get because his hands were tied as Ashley failed to comprehend that you have to act quick to get in the best players.

  • bnny

    Sep 24, 2008 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #21

    who said that who-ever buys the club will get rid of wise? lol

    what a nightmare that would be.!

  • NUFutureCowboy

    Sep 24, 2008 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #22

    Hughton is doing a good job concidering the sh%t he’s been landed in. There will be no new manager. If there is its because a deal for the club has been done and the new owners have sanctioned a new manager. End of.

  • Whumpie

    Sep 24, 2008 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #23

    What I still don’t get – and what the press have failed to get clarified for us – is this:

    If Ashley’s selling anyway, then the game is up for his appointees, because it’s obvious that Llambias and Wise have been useless at their jobs – Llambias especially in my opinion. No new owner will keep them on, and they know that.

    So why the hell doesn’t he make the club far more sellable (and raise the value) by getting rid of his cronies now and getting KK back in? If you look at it from cold, hard business logic, it’s an obvious move.

    Why the hell doesn’t he do it? Can anyone suggest a reason?

  • Geordie Jayne

    Sep 24, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #24


  • bowburnmag

    Sep 24, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #25

    Whumpie – I said the same thing the other day. I know the anti-KK guys will denounce such suggestions but short term it coulp help avert us slipping into the mire. Perhaps, GeordieJayne is correct and the severances are stopping him but surely weighing up the damaging effect this is all having and converting it into finances means it could be worth doing? Of course, it might be partly out of spite in not doing it, regardless of his sentimental plea?

  • bettyswollocks

    Sep 24, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #26

    eskimo – that is a stupid comment and anyone who thinks like that shouldn’t even bother calling themselves a fan. I take it you aren’t old enough to remember us being relegated in the past. I can tell you from experience it is crap and not something any fan should wish for.

    on the manager front it doesn’t matter whether it is long or short term. we need someone in now to steady the ship. I think we all have to assume that we are stuck with ashley for at least the next few months and not pin hopes on a quick sale. The quicker we have a new manager the better.


    Sep 24, 2008 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #27

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    The more that register the less leaflets I need to give out on saturday !

  • samthecat

    Sep 24, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #28

    Why get an interim Manager in if a sale is close?
    Can only mean a sale isnt on the horizon.

  • jules

    Sep 24, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #29

    You cant blame Hughton, in fact you have to admire the guy for sticking around. He is in a no win position, running along through this troubled times and there is no gaurantee he will keep his job if someone else comes in.
    At least he is talking to us through the media, more than the other spineless S+*!s

  • mistral

    Sep 24, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #30

    I said it when Ashley took over: people will regret Fredy. People did not agree. The whole thing in my view was set up so ashley can sell and say I have been forced out. He knew Kevin will walk out and the fan will revolt. the whole thing was planned. now he can sell by doubling his investment. at least he is a good businessman.

  • DH7 MAGS

    Sep 24, 2008 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #31

    I agree with you NU future cowboy. No way a new manager will be appointed now unless they have sold the club and all is to be revealled. In a way, we need this to happen like quickly as possible. We need the team, fans, everybody to be absolutely buzzing again. At the moment, everywhere is flat. we need a lift

  • lesh

    Sep 24, 2008 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #32

    nando // Sep 24, 2008 at 11:06

    Where’s the coffee shop Nando? Amsterdam!!

  • Geordie Jayne

    Sep 24, 2008 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #33

    Why does it always have to be a senior offical, why can’t someone talk and give their name, what is there to hide….it baffles me, really does

  • Dondatta13

    Sep 24, 2008 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #34

    Whumpie, because Ashley is a big fat arrogant BULLY who does things arse about face to suit his ego. Does he even want to sell?

  • ToonRich

    Sep 24, 2008 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #35

    #28, Samthecat…could it mean the opposite & a sale is being pushed though and it is a new owner/s that wish to put his/their manager in place ready for the revolution???

    Wishful thinking I guess 🙂

  • Geordie Jayne

    Sep 24, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #36

    ToonRich you never know do you. The way things have gone in the past I would not be suprised at all if Ashley & Co were not negotiating. Its Blah de Blah price and we will not negotiated. I don’t have a clue but nowt would suprise me.

  • Obafan

    Sep 24, 2008 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #37

    When are we going to know a bit of what is going on or what might happen? It is more than 3 weeks now that the club is in this mess. Nothing seems to change ATM and that is very bad, cause as long as we stay in this mess the club is going to be more and more damaged.

    The thing that annoys me the most during Ashley his reign is (esp after Mort):
    the fact that there seems to be no-one who cares about letting players and fans know what is going on. Very very sad.

  • Obafan

    Sep 24, 2008 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #38


    I agree 500% with your comment. Hughton has got balls cause it would have been very easy for him to walk away from the club. No, he is trying to steady the ship in very difficult circumstances, but at least he is trying.
    People who have a go at him are stupid, cause what would happen if Hughton was gone, who would have picked the team? Lliambas or Wise or maybe Ashley himself?

  • Micky Toon

    Sep 24, 2008 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #39

    GeordieJayne – They never mention a name because there is no one to mention. It’s the same as the famous club insider. The press have heard a rumour and use this “unnamed senior official” to give the rumour some weight.

  • HAMMY14

    Sep 24, 2008 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #40

    If am honeset if the worst happend and Misk Ashley keeps the club and we keep this set up going of director of football and Derek Llambias in charge. There is 3 managers who have proven trophy winning backgrounds under this set up and one wild card manager and all these four CAN do well Gererd Houiller , Zico , Didier Deshcamps and the wild card is Frank Rijhard. These guys could do very well at Newcastle Utd. In my ideal world Ashley would be gone Wise and Llambias would follow suit and we would have Arabian kings giving us billions to get top players. If the players and coaches know nothing then id say it a safe bet this is going to a long season. Howay lads keep the faith. We will pull through this and the first step of doing that is smashing Spurs tonight turn up loud and proud.


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