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.