There is a very good interview in The Sun today, where Terry Vanables gives his reasons for turning down the Newcastle offer, and Terry makes some good points.
“I didn’t want to move up to Tyneside and find myself surplus to requirements before I’d even had the chance to get my teeth into the challenge.” “There is one reason and one reason alone why I’ve turned down the chance to take temporary charge at Newcastle — time.”
“Newcastle United means too much to too many people to take the job on a short-term basis. It demands total commitment and dedication from a manager who is prepared to throw himself heart and soul into the club.”
“The way the job was offered to me meant that I might be working at St James’ Park for two months, two years – or two weeks. There was far too much uncertainty involved.” “I was ready and willing to give it a real go but I was never offered the chance to do that,”
“All they could guarantee was that I’d be in a job until Mike Ashley sells the club whenever that might be. As flattered and honoured as I was to be approached by Newcastle, in the end it wasn’t that difficult a decision for me to decline their offer.”
That’s a good interview from Terry and it looks like he was really up for the challenge of managing Newcastle United.
But the job could last a couple of weeks, and he wasn’t ready to plunge in and give it everything he had, only to be told he was out after a few weeks.
We have to admire Venables’ attitude and willingness to do it on a longer term basis, because he’s right, managing Newcastle United takes 100% effort and commitment.