Ashley Likely To Tap Up Terry Venables Again


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.

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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.

Comments welcome.



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128 comments so far

  • BT9MAG

    Feb 11, 2009 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #1

    I’d prefer Roeder – we know he can do a job in this possition and he’s out of work. AND he still has the 3rd best points ratio for a newcy manager in our recent history!

    After that, I want a world class manager or a young up and comer (Ketsbia)

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  • micknufc

    Feb 11, 2009 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #2

    BLAH…BLAH ..BLAH!!!
    Who’s sick of this shite coz i am??

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  • Rodzilla

    Feb 11, 2009 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #3

    This is the ‘Daily @rse-wipe Mail’ we’re talking about.

    ….anyway, didn’t Very Terribles turn us down before coz he wanted a longer, more lucrative deal?

    I doubt it’ll happen. Then again, this is NUFC!

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  • DanToon

    Feb 11, 2009 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #4

    Steve f00kin’ Bruce or Roberto f00kin’ Martinez!

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  • Matt

    Feb 11, 2009 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #5

    How can you tap up a man who, to my knowledge, has no job?

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  • messi_is_king

    Feb 11, 2009 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #6

    well as long as chris houghton isnt left in charge! god we were abismal under him after keegan left n befor kinnear came in

    then hopefully get shearer or steve bruce at the end of the season

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  • DJG

    Feb 11, 2009 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #7

    VENABLES AGENT : Tel, do you want to earn lots of money for doing Fook all?

    VENABLES: Yeah of course but where can you get that. Havent you heard of the credit crunch.

    VENABLES AGENT: Well there’s this club called newcastle united and they want their 26th manager in 10 years.

    VENABLES: Have I gotta move up north?

    VENABLES AGENT: Of course not my dear Tel. hahahaha

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  • Joseph

    Feb 11, 2009 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #8

    no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no

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  • micknufc

    Feb 11, 2009 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #9

    i love the way that a lot of our own fans want “geordie boy” steve bruce all of a sudden,wasnt that long ago they wouldnt want to touch him with a shitty stick.
    aye he’s done alright with wigan,but he was also under fire a lot at brum..but i will let you’s into a little secret..nowt to exciting,but summed the bloke up for me as a “GEORDIE”
    mackems playing in a huge f.a. cup game if i remember right at man u.. he was co commentating as guest,before he got into management ,along with guy,gilly and gatesy bullshit that metro used to put out…….and stated!!!
    look at all those geordies in red n white…makes you proud????????
    nearly crashed the car.

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  • messi_is_king

    Feb 11, 2009 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #10

    wots the no no no for joseph?

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  • MDS

    Feb 11, 2009 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #11

    If we are going to make a manager change it needs to be a full time hange for the future, not just until the end of the season.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Feb 11, 2009 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #12

    No Shearer
    No Venebles
    No Bruce

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  • DJG

    Feb 11, 2009 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #13

    VENABLES AGENT: Tel, do you want to earn loads of money for achieving nowt.

    VENABLES: Yeah but where will I get that, havent you heard of the credit crunch.

    VENABLES AGENT: There is this club called Newcastle United, They want their 26th manager in 5 years.

    VENABLES: Where do I sign. But will I have to move up North?

    VENABLES AGENT: Of course not my dear Tel. whoohahahaha.

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  • messi_is_king

    Feb 11, 2009 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #14

    end of the day steve bruce better manager than joe kinnear. even if joe’s heart scare hadnt happened i wud still wantd a new permenant manager to take us forward

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  • sirjasontoon

    Feb 11, 2009 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #15

    Bruce is dull,He was a winner as a player..never as a manager,Defensive Dull Rubbish..Wake UP!

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  • messi_is_king

    Feb 11, 2009 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #16

    who wud u guys want as manager then??

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  • messi_is_king

    Feb 11, 2009 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #17

    seen bruce’s wigan play sum pretty gud football this season actually

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  • DJG

    Feb 11, 2009 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #18

    Whoah. Jonas scored for Argentina vs. France. Messi got the other.

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  • messi_is_king

    Feb 11, 2009 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #19

    i’d stiil like shearer dispite his inexperience. the players n fans wud respond to him, n he’s young so cud manage us for years. dont think he wud work under ashley tho

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  • messi_is_king

    Feb 11, 2009 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #20

    shame jonas hasnt scored for us yet, still love him tho. really good to see him playin big part for such quality team as argentina!

    messi amazing obv

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  • Greg B

    Feb 11, 2009 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #21

    BT9MAG – totally agree, Ketsbaia would be my first, second and third choice, and on a full time basis to boot!
    What that bloke has acheived for Famagusta with obscure players (in the main) is nowt short of miraculous! (3-3 draw with Inter Milan springs to mind as well as first Cypriot team in Euro Cup etc etc) – makes the mind boggle what he could do with our lot!
    Ketsbaia my Lord, Ketsbaia!

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  • sirjasontoon

    Feb 11, 2009 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #22

    Shearer needs to manage in lower divisions and prove himself..If it went pear shaped under shearer it will just crush his legacy…Imagine we suck and Shearer is sacked…doesn’t bear thinking about.

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  • messi_is_king

    Feb 11, 2009 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #23

    SSN SHOWIN TMORS PAPERS – sayin toon could go for bryan robson til end of season

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  • micknufc

    Feb 11, 2009 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #24

    so would i messi,but i really dont see any decent manager wanting to work with ashley…and im not even one of the anti ashley brigade.. i hope im wrong but leaving a bloke with no managerial experience,with a fella that was on his way to taking forest down further aint much to hang on to like…i see season 88/89 unfolding infront of our very eyes chaps

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  • sirjasontoon

    Feb 11, 2009 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #25

    OMG
    I hate Robson another Dull Failure.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Feb 11, 2009 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #26

    This has disaster written allover it.

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  • messi_is_king

    Feb 11, 2009 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #27

    i know sirjasontoon but duznt look like shearer wants to do it that way, he cud hav had a lower division job by now. shearer will know the risks but shows how much confidence in himself he has that he cud do a gud job. he’d be so determined to get it right

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  • micknufc

    Feb 11, 2009 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #28

    brian robson???? is that catain marvel..paper talk have none of it!!! but then again..

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  • Rodzilla

    Feb 12, 2009 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #29

    micknufc

    …really!?!? Fk me, that really is a faux pas and a half! LOL
    Although I know some of the older generation of NUFC supporters have a ‘want all North East teams to do well’ attitude there certainly is NO excuse for mixing up your ‘M’s up with yer ‘G’s! Like cross-plys and radials – now that WOULD have made ye crash ye car!

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  • sirjasontoon

    Feb 12, 2009 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #30

    messi_is_king
    Are you A.O?

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  • messi_is_king

    Feb 12, 2009 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #31

    wots A.O?

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  • sirjasontoon

    Feb 12, 2009 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #32

    messi_is_king
    With the present squad Shearer would do SweetFA,why lose his cosy media work for this shambles?

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  • Rodzilla

    Feb 12, 2009 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #33

    Brian Robson! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo(said into distant fade out….)

    The most uninspiring twit ever to manage a football club. Jeez. Bound to be Bull5hit anyway.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Feb 12, 2009 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #34

    Nando

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  • DJG

    Feb 12, 2009 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #35

    France 0-2 Argentina

    Gutierrez (41)
    Messi (83)

    Bookings:

    Maxi (58) [Y]

    Hats off to Wise for signing Gutierrez. 5 more like that in the summer. Hopefully Coloccini can get out of the dip he seems to be having. Jonas has to start against Everton. Even tho Duff. R.Taylor and S.Taylor dont deserve to be dropped.

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  • DJG

    Feb 12, 2009 at 12:05 AM

    Comment #36

    My Granny used to live next door to Bryan Robsons brother. Small world eh.

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  • messi_is_king

    Feb 12, 2009 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #37

    dont like bryan robson but he did keep west brom up wen they were bottom at xmas

    we jst need any1 other than chris houghton to leave in charge til end of the season

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  • micknufc

    Feb 12, 2009 at 12:07 AM

    Comment #38

    lets get one thing straight here,all you’s talking about alan shearer?? let it go man!!
    the bloke will not touch the job,and i hope he does’nt..
    who’s his best bud’s in football?
    dalglish,souness.etc.
    big al is a legend as a forward,but i think we would fall into that same old trap again .

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  • Joseph

    Feb 12, 2009 at 12:07 AM

    Comment #39

    no to venebales and even more no to robson

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  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 12, 2009 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #40

    I cant believe people are dismissing Venables and Robson when we are looking like we may have Hughton in charge!

    I guarentee if Hughton is in charge we will be relegated, simple as that!

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