With Joe Kinnear going to be sidelined for a couple of months with heart bypass surgery, The Daily Mail is saying tonight that Mike Ashley may again request the services of former England manager Terry Venables, on a temporary basis.
Terry Venables – may get a call from Ashley
The Daily Mail is reporting tonight that Newcastle owner Mike Ashley and Managing Director Derek Llambias are considering requesting Terry Venables to come in and ensure Newcastle stay in the Premier League, while Joe Kinnear recovers from his pending heart surgery.
Terry of course was offered the job before Kinnear, but he turned it down because there was no guarantee he would be in the job long term, with Ashley at that time trying to sell the club.
We have no idea if this story has any truth to it, but it wouldn’t be surprising if Mike has already talked to Venables about taking over the club for a couple of months, to ensure Newcastle don’t drift further down the league, and into relegation trouble.
It is vital that the Newcastle club stay in the Premier League this season, so that significant rebuilding, presumably under manager Joe Kinnear, can take place in the summer.
Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood are currently taking over first team duties and may even get a couple of games in charge, and if the results go against Newcastle, look for Venables to be brought in rather quickly to use his vast experience to keep the Newcastle club afloat in the league.
Terry has managed England to some success in the 1996 European Nations Cup, when Alan Shearer was in the side, and he has also managed club sides, Queens Park Rangers, Barcelona and Spurs.
Venables also had a management stint at Leeds United while they were still in the Premier League, and helped out Bryan Robson at Middlesbrough a few years ago.
Before Kinnear can return to his job, Newcastle have to host Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea at St. James’ Park, and those are difficult games in anybody’s book.
However, it will be an open question whether Venables would be prepared to take the Newcastle position for a couple of months, which has always been one of the most difficult in English football.
As we’ve said we don’t know how much credence this story has, but it was never going to be too long before some newspaper put this story out, because it will probably happen if Newcastle’s results don’t go well in the next game or two.
We’re sure that Mike will make it worth while financially to Venables too, and could even make the compensation dependent, to some extent, on how many points Newcastle get under his leadership.