Rijkaard Never Offered Permanent Newcastle Manager Job

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.

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • Terry

    Sep 28, 2008 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #1

    Neither was Alex Ferguson, should we report that as well?

  • Spyro - Taylor is garbage

    Sep 28, 2008 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #2


  • Paul

    Sep 28, 2008 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #3

    That’s just drivel about more drivel.

  • malaysia magpie

    Sep 28, 2008 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #4

    why dont we juz bring in rijkaard…because now newcastle is in a mess…we will have keegan back in within 6 weeks time…its a stubbling block…roberto mancini,frank rijkaard,didier deschamp n gerard houlier is available..for me its better to let keegan go…yes i noe its hard to do that..coz wen in transfer window time..keegan will sign a lousy player n even gave a trial for lousy player too..such as zayatte n bassong..bassong isnt good for me…belhadj or llunga at least better..n keegan sometimes waste the time during transfer period…if we appoiont rijkaard or mancini,at least newcastle will have a big star…

  • Exiled Geordie

    Sep 28, 2008 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #5

    its all just paper talk its only common sense no world class manager would take the job on now but once we have a new owner i really think we can take our pick.Have to be honest and say its time for a totally fresh start,KK is a legend but its time to move on and there are alot of top managers we can choose from.We need some one who is in it for the the long haul and not one whose track record is to walk.

  • Mark Dixon

    Sep 28, 2008 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #6

    Leave Kev in the past.. Get in some new blood…

    Tahts what the Toon need…A fresh start.

    New Owners, NEW Manager, New Players

    axe alot of the deadwood in the club, And bring in talent!!

    Its all we need..

    STOP LIVING IN THE PAST WITH KEEGAN, and as for shearer, why the hell would we want him now??? Hes got ZERO expierience at this level and we need someone with lots…

    Shearer & Keegan DONT come back….Damn i love ya both and Shearer you are GOD…

    But The Toon needs a fresh start…and theres only one way to do that….

    heres a clue – Its not about going down memory lane!!

  • SouthernMag

    Sep 28, 2008 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #7

    Ashley would be crazy to offer a manager of Rijkaard’s stature an interim job. So to honest it wouldn’t surprise me if he did. And do you really think the new owners would want a top quality manager like he is to leave straight after the takeover? Selling the club would be made easier if the owners knew that a high quality coach was already at the helm. Rijkaard is the kind of manager a rich group would look at anyway.


    Sep 28, 2008 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #8

    Having been Black and White from the moment of conception to date, 53 years!!I have never witnessed the quality football that we experienced under Keegan the first time around.It was sensational and never to be forgotten!! However,I agree with a few of the comments on here, that we need a fresh start and maybe it’s time to draw a line under Special K and move on.

  • Ian

    Sep 28, 2008 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #9

    I agree. Keegan will alway be ‘the messiah’, but times change. Some of the names mentioned would be a good start, and a complete rebuilding job needs to be done. More importantly a new set up is needed that allows the new manager to do just that.

  • ed_speed

    Sep 28, 2008 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #10

    if Jeremiah had scored, it would have been a different game.


  • carabay

    Sep 28, 2008 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #11

    im fan toon new manager new owner plz keegan
    from somali

  • carabay

    Sep 28, 2008 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #12

    im fan magpies back manager keegan back keegan plz

  • Spitfire

    Sep 28, 2008 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #13

    What Geordies need above all else is a hero. If there is not one on the field then there has to be one off the field. We have to live on hopes and dreams and fantasies and for that we need a hero. And when Keegan went all the fantasies went with him. Because he was the only hero we had.


You must log in to post a comment.