Even though Terry Venables turned down the interim manager’s job at Newcastle United yesterday, he was nevertheless keen to take the job on a more permanent basis.
Terry Venables – would accept permanent Newcastle manager position
It seems to us Terry could remain in the frame as the possible new manager when new owners buy the Tyneside club within the next month or two.
Terry gave some decent reasons why he turned down the job yesterday, with the primary one being that he would not be given the time, and once new owners were appointed, it was always going to be up to them as to who the new manager would be.
The bets are obviously on Kevin Keegan to be reinstated, but Terry has the CV and experience to come in permanently and make the Newcastle side successful again. And of course he gets on very well with Alan Shearer whom he managed when England did so well in the 1996 European Championships.
It’s not beyond the realm of possibility that Alan Shearer could come in and be the assistant manager under Terry, as he learns the ropes from somebody he admires greatly. Alan could then become the Newcastle manager when Terry finally retires, and could add some Geordie pride to the management team.
There’s no doubt that Terry is a great football manager – no doubt at all, and by what he said yesterday he seems willing to put his mind and soul into the Newcastle cause, but only on a full time basis.
There’s only been a couple of managers who have been successful at Newcastle over the last 20 years or so, Kevin Keegan and the great Bobby Robson.
And while we may not want to say this too loud, it’s not a case of “if” but “when” Kevin will walk out again on Newcastle, if he is appointed again under the new owners. We don’t even know for sure if he wants to come back to Newcastle.
To us, Terry has a similar CV to Bobby, without the local attachment, but it’s clear he understands how big the manager job is at Newcastle, and he’s made his case to be the next permanent manager of the club.
While Kevin Keegan must remain the hot favorite, it’s good that a manager as good as Venables would be also willing to come in, if asked.
We’ll just have to wait and see.