Gerry Francis Decides On Newcastle Today


The Newcastle Journal is reporting today that Joe Kinnear, fresh from a great second half display from his players at Goodison yesterday, will hear today whether Gerry Francis will come out of retirement and become another coach at Newcastle United.

Gerry Francis – decides today on Newcastle coaching offer
Since Steve Round left for Everton in the summer, and Keegan, Terry McDermott and Adam Sadler left the club, they have not been replaced, other than with interim manager Joe Kinnear.

So our coaching staff is far too small, and all credit to Chris Hughton and Richard Money for keeping the club afloat, and no thanks to the Board.

And that has led him to try and persuade Francis to join his set-up on a part-time basis, as we reported yesterday. Kinnear will apparently hear from the former Spurs and QPR manager this afternoon as Joe said:

“I’ve known Gerry all my life – he’s a good coach. I know he’s got media commitments but I’ve put an offer to him to join us on Tuesdays and Thursdays and do some solid work for which we’d pay him accordingly,”

“Gerry has no desire to be a manager or coach full-time and he won’t be involved on Saturdays but I believe we need someone with that kind of experience to help us out.”

“There’s only me and Chris at the moment and we’ve got a lot of young members of the squad who we’re taking together. I think it would be much easier if we went into smaller groups – it would improve them more.”

Anybody that Joe wants to bring in to help him out in his tenure at the club is OK with us, because he is fast gaining credibility that he knows exactly what he is doing.

The lads also looked very fit at the end of the game yesterday, as Everton tired from their UEFA Cup exploits on Thursday, and it’s just a pity we couldn’t grab the equalizer, but we’re not complaining.

The fight shown by the lads yesterday was great to watch.

Comments welcome.



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14 comments so far

  • irish_al

    Oct 6, 2008 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #1

    we grabbed the equaliser, it was the winner we couldn’t get

    (just keeping you on your toes Ed)

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  • Shot Bru!

    Oct 6, 2008 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #2

    There was talk of Robbie Earle maybe coming part time as well. I reckon he speaks a lot of sense as a pundit, he has his coaching badges, he’s young and would add a fresh dimension to the coaching.

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  • Shot Bru!

    Oct 6, 2008 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #3

    Bugger Irish Al, i was sure i had the number 1 spot there lol.

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  • irish_al

    Oct 6, 2008 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #4

    in like Flynn

    Robbie Earle is working with the FA to try and increase uptake of the game within ethinic minorities

    He could probably fit in a couple of days training a week

    Out of interest Shot Bru, did you post under any other names prior to your current one?

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  • lesh

    Oct 6, 2008 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #5

    ‘S funny innnit…… KK commiserated with Gerry Francis after Spurs were thumped 7-1 at SJP and that was GF’s coffin sealed as far as Spurs were concerned!!

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  • Shot Bru!

    Oct 6, 2008 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #6

    Always been Shot Bru! Why do you ask?

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  • irish_al

    Oct 6, 2008 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #7

    Just nociced you on here previously, not sure wether i just hadn’t noticed, if you were new or if you had changed your name, is Shot Bru a referance to the SA consortium?

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  • Ganiyu

    Oct 6, 2008 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #8

    I hope we suprise man city

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  • Sav

    Oct 6, 2008 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #9

    Hard to credit a bloke with his head mired in an 70s mullet can be an exponent of up to date coaching techniques but there you are.

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  • Shot Bru!

    Oct 6, 2008 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #10

    No reference to the South Africans, Shot Bru basically means cheers mate in SA slang. Irish AL i we had a discussion about the sa consortium on friday night, we were talking about the takeover and branding.

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  • irish_al

    Oct 6, 2008 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #11

    yeah, i remember, one of the most civil discussions ever to grace these pages

    i probably just didn’t notice your name before until Tom Toon was using the word bru in a few of his comments

    On the branding aspect, i’ve been think rather than looking at our northern position as a negative (for attracting players that want to be near london) that we should look to use it as an advantage, why can’t Newcastle be the most supported English team in Scotland

    After all there are a lot of Scottish people who aren’t to fond on the English but generally they don’t have a dislike of those north of York, We could look to use our location as a benefit

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  • irish_al

    Oct 6, 2008 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #12

    Hope to see you posting on one of the newer stories, gets awkward trying to check for responces all over the place

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  • Toon_Ksk

    Oct 6, 2008 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #13

    I have forgotten abt KK. Joe should keep the job.

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  • silverwear this year

    Oct 6, 2008 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #14

    controversial yet appealing

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