With Joe Kinnear being taken ill yesterday with what looks like problems with his heart again, look for all kinds of news, true or otherwise, about who could take over as manager of Newcastle from Joe Kinnear.
Steve Bruce – is local lad favorite in case Joe retires?
We have no idea if Joe will want to carry on at Newcastle, or even if his doctors would let him remain in one of the most stressful jobs in English Football.
We need stability at the club more than anything, and we really hope that Joe can carry on, because if he needs to be replaced, this will be our 5th manager in two years. 🙁
There is a story in the Sunday Sun this morning that Newcastle have lined up Mexican coach Javier Aguirre as a potential successor to Joe Kinnear, in case Joe quits this summer.
It may be that Joe will have to quit earlier than that, and that certainly would be a new challenge to Mike Ashley, because we’re still steeped in a relegation battle.
Javier Aguirre was controversially sacked by Atletico Madrid last week, and apparently the Newcastle hierarchy believe he could do a job at Newcastle United.
But we should be very careful about bringing in foreign coaches after a number of them, who have done well in their home countries, just cannot hack it in the Premier League – Juande Ramos of Spurs being the most recent one.
Juande is now managing at top club Real Madrid of all places, after being a complete disaster at Spurs.
Newcastle will need to draw up some contingency plans now, in case Joe decides not to take up the two year contract he has been offered.
The 50-year-old Mexican spent over two seasons in charge at Atletico, having landed the job by steering Osasuna into Europe via a fourth-place finish in La Liga.
Atletico were 4th last season, but this year has not been good, and after 6 games without a win, Aguirre was sacked.
But if Joe leaves there are much better candidates to take over, who have proven records in the Premier League.
The favorite would probably be Corbridge-born Steve Bruce of Wigan, and he will not turn down a second offer to manage the club he supported as a boy while growing up in Daisy Hill near Wallsend.
Steve’s learned his trade as a manager, after being one of the best English players never capped by his country, and he’s been through the mill a few times in management.
And he has become a better manager for it, and worked some miracles at Wigan in the last 12 months, and could certainly take the white heat – which is the Newcastle United manager’s job.
Alan Shearer will also be mentioned, but is unlikely to manage at Newcastle while Mike Ashley is owner, and of course Alan has never managed before, and would be a big risk.
And there’s always Mark Hughes, if he gets the sack by Manchester City.
Who do you think would be good, if Joe retires this summer or earlier?