Reports Venables Offered Job As Newcastle Manager

The Newcastle Journal are reporting today that Terry Venables met with Mike Ashley in London yesterday, and was offered the job as interim Newcastle United manager.

Terry Venables – offered job as Newcastle manager

Terry has yet to accept the offer, but it is expected that he will accept the offer, because we understand he will be handsomely paid for stepping into the breach at Newcastle by owner Mike Ashley.

And of course it is worth it, not only to owner Ashley to steady the ship, but also to those who really matter, the club and the fans.

As we reported last night we expect it to be a temporary position until Ashley has found a buyer, willing to meet his asking price for the club.

But that will still give Venables enough time to prove he still has the magic, and can turn the club around, but most of all get the players competing again, and get them enthusiastic about their football again.

They looked as though their heads and hearts were not in the game last night against Tottenham, and in the end were a well beaten side, and again the defense let in a very sloppy goal, in fact the worst goal of the season so far, and a mistake from Coloccini of all people, with help from Steven Taylor.

It’s certainly necessary for Ashley to steady the ship until a new buyer is found for the club, and it will be a tough game on Saturday against Blackburn Rovers, so the sooner someone takes charge the better for everybody concerned.

We hope Terry steps up to this considerable challenge.

Comments welcome.

60 comments so far

  • ToonEskimo

    Sep 25, 2008 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #1

    Past history of dodgy dealings, should fit in quite nicely at the toon.

  • WesToon

    Sep 25, 2008 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #2


    i dnt even feel like breathing tbh, no point anymore i mean Venables FFS you must be joking right??

  • Thump

    Sep 25, 2008 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #3

    Sure, bring in Venables.

    But the second the club is sold he needs to ship out (unless he has miraculously became good at dirty dea– managing).

  • ToonEskimo

    Sep 25, 2008 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #4

    Hasn’t managed for 5 years, his previous 4 managerial jobs didn’t last more than a season…… uh oh……frying pan / fire anybody??


    Sep 25, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #5


  • Obafan

    Sep 25, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #6


    It was TAYLOR HIS FAULT, not Colocinni’s. I can’t understanbd the fact that Taylor is so overprotected by most on this blog. He is a very bad defender and it is very hard (for Colo) to play alongside such a central defender.

    If Taylor starts on Saturday then I don’t understand a thing about football, cause everyone can see that his confidence is very low and that his skill is not high. Passion for a club is not the only thing which is necessary to become a good player.

  • Tom_Toon

    Sep 25, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #7

    Ed are you joking?!!?!?!

    ‘and again the defense let in a very sloppy goal, in fact the worst goal of the season so far, and a mistake from Coloccini of all people.’

    Taylor’s fault, Taylor’s fault!

  • Mark-O

    Sep 25, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #8


    Your a muppet!!!
    Why not bring ElTel in?

    A good manager who’s only gonna be there for a few month! Better than Hoiughton who has no experience at all! Maybe he can stop the free fall!

  • Chris F

    Sep 25, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #9

    well, Venables is an ok choice to steady the ship, as it were, but the sooner we have things sorted for the long term the better.

    you know things are bad when even spurs fans are expressing sympathy for our plight on national radio phone ins….

  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 25, 2008 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #10

    Colo should have never played that ball to Taylor in the first place – it was a schoolboy error. Taylor should have still dealt with it though and, even though he probably shouldn’t have been in that position, he is still totally responsible for what happened after.

  • ToonKing

    Sep 25, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #11

    more good news…..another day in the life of a toon fan….constant joy eh?…

  • eltsacwen

    Sep 25, 2008 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #12

    what is the best line up for newcastle if every player was fit

  • Richard

    Sep 25, 2008 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #13

    Anyone remember El Tel taking the reins down the road at Middlesbrough, he was only there for a month or so but when he took over they were at the bottom of the table and he kept them up!

    We just need someone to motivate and instil some confidence into the players. Besides this will make the task slightly easier for whover the new manager may be, whenever that may be.

    Put the past aside, sure he is a cockney wideboy etc, but at the moment we need points on the board and players who want to play. something needs to change asap before we get too far down the road to ruin.

    Its a long season, and to be honest this is the best time of the season to be where we are, but by Christmas we need to be away from there, so picking up points now will have a huge impact there.

    Any more news on the Nigerians, SSN reporting they are on their way to NUFC in the next 48 hours.

  • The Entertainers

    Sep 25, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #14

    Does anyone think we’re rushing into this….? 😉

    The only person at SJP who moves slower than Ashley is bloody Geremi…. 😉

  • eltsacwen

    Sep 25, 2008 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #15

    beye collo bassong enrique
    jonas —-guthrie —– n’zog
    —–martins — viduka——-

  • Charlie

    Sep 25, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #16

    The pass was pointless but Taylor still failed to attack the ball which is what every player should be doing no matter what the position they play. We are suffering badly with injuries and lots of first team suspensions but I’d like to see Houghton do a Roeder and give some of the young kids a shot.

    We must also ask the question why Houghton is so bad tactically??

  • AO

    Sep 25, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #17

    another cockney!

  • Davies

    Sep 25, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #18

    I remember that Richard. I also remember him leaving Pompey in the shit with a pocket full of cash, crapping on Palace and failing with Austalia. I also remember him being McClaren’s number two during his time as England Manager.

    Any other good ol’ Tel stories you want to give us?

    To be fair, the problem here is not who the manager is, but how long they stay. If the ship is to be steadied, it needs to be steadied long term, not temporarily. I only see this as yet another manager coming and going at the club. It hardly smacks of stability, does it.

    If the Nigerians are to buy the club and they are desperate for Keegan to be their manager, the best possible interim manager can only be Keegan himself, not my first choice, but it beats having another two names added to our list of managers over the last handful of years.

    And everybody else is right Ed, Taylor was shocking last night and handed the spurs a goal.

  • carabay

    Sep 25, 2008 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #19

    im fan nufc today out keegan tomorowe out terry fanebles out mike ashley nufc go hom mike go hom nufc from somali im fan nufc efre game new manager nufc beast manager sir bobb robson 1999 frist game shefil wesday 8 0 new beast manager keegan today terry new

  • broon ale

    Sep 25, 2008 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #20

    carabay could you repeat that in english?

  • Nick 69

    Sep 25, 2008 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #21

    taylor was shocking yes, but coloccini should have played that ball upfields not play a suicidal ball across the back, the pass was p*ss poor, taylor shud have put his foot through it but its pretty pathetic for everyone to blame taylor alone for it and say coloccini is blameless, coloccini AND taylor have both been crap so far and thats fact, anybody who blames taylor for bringin coloccini down is a fool, he is a world class CB and if playing alongside taylor somehow makes him play sh*t passes then he isnt really that wolrd class afterall is he

  • carabay

    Sep 25, 2008 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #22 i lke nufc beast team in the world newcastle utd

  • Silence of the Llambias

    Sep 25, 2008 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #23

    Both Collocini and Taylor were at fault for the 2nd goal.
    If taylor had played that ball to Collo I expect he would have dealt with it. Collo will know taylors limitations now. It wasnt a smart ball to play.

  • Whumpie

    Sep 25, 2008 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #24

    I agree with Richard. Realistically, we need someone who:

    1. Knows how to deal with the likes of Llambias and Ashley. So a London wide boy, then.

    2. Can remain detached enough to be happy with a temporary job. Someone who doesn’t need to be in love with a club to do a good job. (Ironic, ennit?)

    3. Takes na sh*te from anyone and can slap people into shape. Like Taylor.

    4. Has previous (no, not that sort) of turning around ships headed for cliffs.

    Sure, I’d love to see KK back, but that’s not happening as long as the club’s in Ashley’s hands. El Tel has a list of bad news baggage as long as your arm, but I have a feeling that he’ll prove to be the first decent appointment Ashley’s made since Mort.

  • Toon Graeme

    Sep 25, 2008 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #25

    Afternoon lads – just.

    If I can sum last night up – shambles.

    Whats done is done and thats it. We were not the only team in the prem to get beat last night. That should put some context into it.

    I cant understand some people on here at times. Everyone calls out for something to happen re the managers situ and for ashley to sell the club – then complain about who is in line.

    We have no say in the matter do we. We have to sit back and let events unroll out infront of us.

    I want things sorted out as much as the next fan as I hate the way we are playing.

    We gone from good attacking football to dull loosing football and we aint even played a TOP four team since KK left.

    The mere thought of us doing a pompey and getting whipped 6 – 0 is a scary thought – but potential of a reality unless the defence sorts itself.

    We need Beye, Spidermag, Guthrie, Barton and the Dukes back on the pitch. However Mark V gets slagged – he can keep a ball and pass on – even if he aint the fastest.

    NUFC – SOS

  • carabay

    Sep 25, 2008 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #26

    carabay fan nufc ilke im sopprets nufc 1996 im somali buy age 20 year beast manager sir bobb robson 1999 8 0 hom keegan 1993 ingland premier league 1996 nufc

  • WesToon

    Sep 25, 2008 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #27

    @ Mark-O // Sep 25, 2008 at 11:34

    Read this post mate,then you will see WTF NOT muppet…. Davies // Sep 25, 2008 at 11:53 its post numb 17 mate.

    Some people are so naive

  • Richard

    Sep 25, 2008 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #28

    Oh I dont doubt that we need someone in long term and that is the only way to get long term stabilisation.

    But you have just said yourself, alot of these potential buyers are looking to KK to return and be the boss so ideally the situation would be KK coming back now., but thats not going to happen.

    UNLESS. Ashley accepts that he was in the wrong (again) and clears the air with KK, bringing him back with the assurances that he is in charge and Ashley will be gone before the next transfer window.

  • magpie6699

    Sep 25, 2008 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #29

    May not be such a bad idea. At the moment we need someone who knows how to manage (clearly not Chris Hughton), who is able to motivate players AND who’s prepared to come in on a short-term contract. Not a wide choice I suspect – and I’d rather have him as a stop-gap than make an inferior appointment and regret it for longer. Souness anybody?

  • Big Dave

    Sep 25, 2008 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #30

    Toon Graeme just wondering do you know how viduka is doing surely he must be close to comeing back.

  • Bill F

    Sep 25, 2008 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #31

    I predicted yesterday that Venables was the likely short term coach. At least he has some experience and should bring some tactical nous to the team.
    I only saw highlights of the game, and both of the goals were glaring defensive errors, Collocini seemed to have no idea where he should be for the first one and he and Taylor cock*d up for the second. On the plus side Oba looked good and we had enough chances to win the game had the shooting been a little better. Only just come onto the blog this morning so havn’t read any other comments yet but I suppose Nando has been gloating, bast*rd.

  • Tom

    Sep 25, 2008 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #32

    The ball from Coloccini didn’t help, but Taylor was clearly at fault for O’Haras goal. All he had to do was leather the damned ball as soon as it came anywhere near him, but he tried to be clever and shift it past O’Hara, and was made to look a fool for it.

    He cost us the game. He should have his place taken from him, at least for a couple of games. He has done nothing to justify a constant place in the team, I’d rather see Cacapa play there right now, until Enrique comes back and Bassong can move back inside. These constant mistakes should cost Taylor his place in the side.

  • Dave Atkinson

    Sep 25, 2008 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #33

    FFS Venables hasn’t had a proper job for blody years! And to think that Keegan was castigated for being ‘out of the game’ for 3 years. Utter bull.

    Let’s be done with it – Keegan back and “no thanks” to El Tel.

  • reillers

    Sep 25, 2008 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #34


    Breathe in..breathe out..El Tel..Ya, for the 100th time, take a look at these..
    The real truth about El Tel. Unibiased, honest facts.

  • reillers

    Sep 25, 2008 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #35

    He’s 2 tropheys in 30 years. He hasn’t lasted in any of his previous jobs for more then 2 years.
    He left both Pompey and Leeds at the bottom the league.
    He’s been accused of bribery, deception, lying, manipulationf of accounts.
    He wrote a collum in the paper every Sunday about the English team, while being assistant manager for England, in which he’s embarrased the English manager.

    On the other hand..
    He’s a good comunicator, he gets the players spirits up, he is generally liked by everyone who works with him.

  • Tom

    Sep 25, 2008 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #36

    Tel might not even be brought in though. If the Nigerian takeover goes through as quickly as it seems to (as quickly as its being reported to be moving anyway) then we might not need an interim coach, we might get a full time one!

  • Toon Graeme

    Sep 25, 2008 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #37

    Big Dave,

    I have not heard or read anything lately.

    The last a read a few weeks back was that he was back in training.

  • Davies

    Sep 25, 2008 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #38

    Toon Greame – One of the problems we have is that we clearly do have a say in the matter. The fans called for Ashley to go, so he put the club up for sale. Only one of the farcical events that have taken place this year.

    No decisions are being made on appointing a full time manager at the moment because Ashley probably feels that that should be the decision of the new owners. He got rid of Allerdyce (thank Christ) because he wanted his own man in charge. The same will be true of the new owners (probably).

    I wonder, if he hadn’t been pushed into selling, would we have a manager at the moment. Would we still be in with a chance of winning the only piece of silverware we stood any chance of getting this season?

  • Toon Graeme

    Sep 25, 2008 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #39


    I think if the fans hadnt reacted the way they had ( i was at 25K feet on way home from me jollies) and KK had left still and that reason was accepted, then I think that MA would have appionted a new manager.

    Another edition of the soap opera that is NUFC.

    Im sure the nxt 48hrs will bring some news as all things point to that.

  • listie

    Sep 25, 2008 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #40

    After last night I don’t give shit how comes in, we just need someone so steady the ship, as it is sinking quicker than the titanic at the moment.

    I would say Colo has to take 20% of the blame for the goal, it was a little sloppy and a weak pass, but Taylor has to take the rest, muppet


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