The Sunday Sun is reporting today that Frank Rijkaard is among those who have turned down the Newcastle United manager’s job.
Frank Rijkaard with Deco – turned down interim job at Newcastle
But this is loosely worded because what Rijkaard turned down had to be the opportunity to be manager for about 6 weeks, and as Terry Venables explained, the new owners would then bring in whomver they wanted to.
The hot choice of course is Kevin Keegan, but we have no idea if he would want to return to the club.
So it’s accurate to say Frank turned down the interim manager job at Newcastle United, if indeed he was even offered it.
The Sunday Sun is reporting the Dutchman had been approached last week about becoming the successor to Kevin Keegan. The Sunday Sun says Rijkaard was offered the permanent manager job at the club, but that is incorrect, because Ashley has no say in who will be Newcastle manager, once the club is sold, within a month or so, by all reports.
Apparently Tony Jimenez made the contact with the Dutchman from the club, through a third party. But Rijkaard refused to meet the Newcastle board to discuss a deal which would have seen him follow in the footsteps of fellow Dutchman Ruud Gullit.
It’s hard to think that any world-class manager would take a six week job, which is what it could turn out to be, so this is not at all surprising, but the way this news is being reported is that everybody, and their brother, are turning down Newcastle.
Yes, that’s true if they want to manage Newcastle for a maximum of six weeks, but that’s a lot different than being offered the permanent job.
Only the new owners, whoever they are, can do that.