Newcastle Ready To Appoint Interim Manager


Newcastle United are still confident of appointing an interim manager in the next 24 hours, despite Terry Venables just turning down the job last night.

Glenn Hoddle – new interim manager?

After days of discussions with a Newcastle group of executive director (football) Dennis Wise, executive director (recruitment) Tony Jiminez and managing director Derek Llambias, Terry Venables turned down the chance to become the club’s caretaker manager on a weekly basis.

Venables was understood to be keen on the challenge, and the compensation was high, but it seems like Terry wanted a longer-term deal and financial assurances should Ashley find a buyer quickly.

Mike Ashley just couldn’t guarantee any of that, because once the club is sold, the new owner would want to bring in their own manager, who may well be Kevin Keegan, and of course Venables was well aware of that.

The Newcastle Journal is reporting the club is however still optimistic that a new interim manager will be in place, for the visit of Blackburn Rovers tomorrow afternoon, so we expect an announcement within hours from the club.

It appears that Glenn Hoddle may be the front runner, with both David O’Leary and Dave Bassett also apparently willing to take the helm if given the chance, but the fact the job is just week to week, suggests Ashley wants to sell as soon as possible.

That will at least make Newcastle fans happy, because the sooner this Ashely nightmare is over the better.

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47 comments so far

  • Optimist

    Sep 26, 2008 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #1

    Can anyone confirm Martins’ injury? That’s the last thing we need.

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  • Izzy rocks

    Sep 26, 2008 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #2

    Hopefully it’s Glenn Hoddle…

    Compared to O’Leary and Dave Bassett, Glenn’s got better qualities in his coaching.

    Izzy Newcastle News

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  • matthewt

    Sep 26, 2008 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #3

    oh no. please. no hoddle……..

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  • Reading Mag

    Sep 26, 2008 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #4

    No not Hoddle – rather have Billy Davis and Peter Ridsdale.

    Weres Peter B. when you need him

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  • rooks

    Sep 26, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #5

    whilst it’s clear that houghton is struggling to motivate the players and / or with tactics, formation / discipline I don’t believe an interim manager will have any great effect on the results, what with the thought that they could be told to leave from one day to the next (players will be thinking this too). So I don’t really care who gets the job.

    Things won’t improve until Ashley cleans up this mess & appoints a Permanant mananger

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  • Stevo

    Sep 26, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #6

    The man who left out one of England’s greatest ever midfielders in his World Cup Squad……he doesn’t know nothing.

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  • Silence of the Llambias

    Sep 26, 2008 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #7

    Oba’s out with a swollen knee.

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  • carl

    Sep 26, 2008 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #8

    martins out for six weeks!! we are falling apart!!
    we need someone in to do a rescue or wer guna be fighting for form all season

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  • Punk Skunk

    Sep 26, 2008 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #9

    Just get someone appointed…Not o’lairy, rather not have hoddle…Where’s Pedro?..Ho’way man, sort it out for us!..

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  • Stevo

    Sep 26, 2008 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #10

    Optimist – I think Martins is out for sure (according to SSN) 6 weeks apparently. That’s a total b**tard.

    http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11678_4196687,00.html

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  • Estechco

    Sep 26, 2008 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #11

    I’d rather have Mike Bassett than the names currently being bandied around!

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  • broon ale

    Sep 26, 2008 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #12

    i think gazza should get the job..

    i mean, he died the other day and now he’s alive again surely that makes him a real messiah?

    get five bellies in as fitness coach too!

    on a serious note!!

    none of the names mentioned are good enough!

    hands up who seen these dart times coming when the full time whistle went at old trafford.. nope.. me neither!

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  • broon ale

    Sep 26, 2008 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #13

    i meant DARK times

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  • JIM R

    Sep 26, 2008 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #14

    Please can someone wake me up out of this nightmere…..

    I’m an exile and have to put up with fans from every team under the sun taking the michael out of the state of our club. Even mackems can afford to gloat at our expense.

    I think Venables would have been good for confidence in the players but I can’t really say the same for the prospect of Hoddle and Mike Bassett!

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  • Punk Skunk

    Sep 26, 2008 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #15

    Think we’ll see a few players gettin’ ‘injured’ in the comin’ weeks…At least until we get a coach in…The team is losin’ all direction…
    …Ho’way!..

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  • daydeburt

    Sep 26, 2008 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #16

    Rooks, 100 % agree

    whats a new manager going to know or find out in the next 3 weeks that the present staff dont know, getting a manager in before 2moro wont help one bit, even if we win it will have nothing to do with him.
    might aswell go with what weve got until everything is settled.

    ps: just goes to show how inept our recruitment policy was on nacho, apparently hes out untill february!! might aswell send him back. also oba out for 5 weeks. could our luck be any worse. definately definately cursed!!!

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  • Stevo

    Sep 26, 2008 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #17

    Why are all the managers in the frame for the job all cockneys?! Has Ashley not got any mates outside of London?!

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  • Punk Skunk

    Sep 26, 2008 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #18

    Tbh broonale,
    i was a bit worried when we got KK back & sadly, that worry has proven to be prophetic…
    …What a mess!..

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  • Punk Skunk

    Sep 26, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #19

    Who’s gonna look after the shop for a few weeks/months?..
    …Anyone got any NE/northern candidate ideas?..

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  • Stevo

    Sep 26, 2008 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #20

    Broonale – After the final whistle at Old Trafford I actually felt really confident that the team had turned corners and new beginnings were taking place. Esssh F**K did I know what was in the waiting.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 26, 2008 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #21

    O’leary and Hoddle would not change much in my opinion.

    Very dark times ahead and I can see us getting thumped at blackburn.

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  • toonoot

    Sep 26, 2008 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #22

    Broon Ale: I like the idea of dart times. Blowpipes. Poison. I can see it all now 🙂

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  • ToonEskimo

    Sep 26, 2008 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #23

    CHRIS COLEMAN, thoroughly decent guy that takes no shit.

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  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 26, 2008 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #24

    it’s at SJP

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  • Macas

    Sep 26, 2008 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #25

    A new manager wont help us much, getting some extra players in during the transfer window would have though. Cheers Mike, good job your football experts are so astute and on the ball.

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  • Shot Bru!

    Sep 26, 2008 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #26

    Punk Skunk, i mentioned JohnToshack yesterday, good record in Spain, might help the spanish contingent or Stuart Pearce if they were lookin for stop gaps. However if Ashley can he should just appoint Houllier if that is at all possible, he would be a wise choice, calming influence and would be attractive to new owners. If we end up with Dave Bassett we’ve had it for sure, i noticed Wise sitting next to him at Vicarage road last weekend!

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  • Ericles

    Sep 26, 2008 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #27

    Oh no, not Hoddle. Anyway paper talk says he says no. We cannot have oh deary weary O’Bleary can we? Do these London loonies really think NUFC fans are that gullible? Get on with it Ashley and sell up so we can get KK back and get on with winning the FA Cup!

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  • Marty

    Sep 26, 2008 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #28

    Hoddle oh please God no.
    This guy is a FRUITCAKE.
    he doesn`t know his arse from his elbow.
    I`m Irish but please don`t let o`leary near the team,they will fall asleep during the game if he is in charge,boring boring boring ould sod.

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  • skin d

    Sep 26, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #29

    i think out of all the names mentioned,harry bassett seems a good choice in the short term.
    he,s a hands on in yer face sort of a gadgie,doesn,t suffer fools ie big ego,s.
    bassett has done this firefighting roll at other clubs also,he,s always up for a street fight.

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  • sab14

    Sep 26, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #30

    I’d rather have Berti Bassett that Dave Bassett! There is a reason none of the managers mentioned are out of work at the moment, that reason is there all rubbish!!! None of the people mentioned are good enough to save our great great club. I fear the worst!

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  • Terry Mac's Crossword

    Sep 26, 2008 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #31

    Jesus, i never thought i’d see the day we were linked with Dave “the spiv” Bassett. He should be back in the 1940’s selling womens nylons in air raid shelters or summat!

    We need to take a chance on an unproven ex-player with managerial ambitions and a top reputation. Someone who has the club at heart and would be welcomed back as a hero. The time is right for Alan. He’s said he won’t come back under the current regime but we badly need him. I’d imagine he’d only come back if given assurances that they’re definately selling, and they do seem serious enough. He’d also be a manager who could continue under the next owners.

    Plus Side
    1. Fans have a manager that ticks all the boxes, someone who will united us and hopefully turn the club around.
    2. Ashley has a vibrant more sellable club with rosier prospects, one that he can get a decent price for.

    Downside.
    1. Huge shot in the arm to the club, Mad mike and his cronies decide to stick around.
    2. Next owners are equally as bad, history repeats itself.

    Circumstances will never be perfect for Al to return, seem to remember we were in a mess when Keegan took over the first time. All depends on the man himself. Just my thoughts, take em or leave em.

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  • Ian

    Sep 26, 2008 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #32

    Not sure about Hoddle, he is a bit mad.

    We dont want the team even more confused.

    I would ask Paul Merson, he is football through and through loads of enthusiasm and has a positive attitude.

    He would be the best temporary manager that I could think of.

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  • Ian

    Sep 26, 2008 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #33

    Merson will handle the press ok since his experience on Sky as well.

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  • Fans Should Own the Club

    Sep 26, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #34

    I’d prefer Michael Bassett to Dave Bassett.

    http://www.eschatone.com/michaelbassett/

    Actually not–great singer/songwriter, but he knows nowt about football.

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  • Ericles

    Sep 26, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #35

    Dave Bassett? More like Bertie Bassett the way things are going!

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  • toonoot

    Sep 26, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #36

    Ericles: And he can speak spanish 🙂

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  • bowburnmag

    Sep 26, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #37

    Only way forward is to reinstate Keegan and get The Honey Monster in as Director of Football.

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  • Shot Bru!

    Sep 26, 2008 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #38

    Stuart Pearce, because the more injuries we get we’re gonna have an under 21’s team at this rate.

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  • ToonKing

    Sep 26, 2008 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #39

    another day and more good news, Oba out and Glenn Hoddle…..every day we reach new lows…

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  • mikeygd

    Sep 26, 2008 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #40

    i hope that that muppet won’t be manager for saying disabled people were being made to pay for the sins of past lives. How can he say that for crying out loud, that really upset my dad. he should not be aloud to manage, he shud be banned for life.

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