The Sunday Sun is reporting today that Gerard Houllier and Sven-Goran Eriksson are set to be pursued to manage Newcastle United under new ownership.
Sven-Goran Eriksson – would walk to Newcastle to be manager
But thart is only if the Nigerian Consortium takes over and Keith Harris has already cast doubt on the seriousness of their bid. But the consortium are still considering making Ashley an offer of around £300M, or so they say.
We really wonder if there’s any truth to this – but we like the idea of sounding out top managers once the new owners are brought in – whoever they may be.
Certainly Sven-Goran Eriksson would walk to Newcastle from Mexico to take the Newcastle job, but he signed a two year agreement with the Mexico national side in the summer to take them to the 2010 World Cup, and it would be difficult for him to break that deal.
However, Sven has always admired both the Newcastle club and its supporters and knows all about the Newcastle history from Bobby Robson.
Sven even had England games switched to St. James’ Park to get the atmosphere of the Geordie Nation, and while he was not particularly successful in his 5 years as England manager, his club record is absolutely superb.
Houllier was mentioned as a possible replacement last January and maybe a Houllier/Shearer initial partnership would be good – or even a Venables/Shearer management partnership, with Alan taking over the job fully after say a couple of seasons.
It’s no longer that certain that Kevin Keegan will return, but we’re probably jumping the gun here – and we first need to wait to see who the new owners are.
That’s the next step – and we still have no idea who they may be.