Malcolm MacDonald has come out today in The Guardian and said he thinks Terry Venables is the best man to take the reins at Newcastle until Joe Kinnear is fit again.
Terry Venables – best man for the job?
Malcolm talked today about Venables:
“If they could get Terry Venables in, that would be brilliant,” “I like Venners a lot. I like what he does. I like how he does it. Players always react brilliantly to his methods. Always.
“Plus he did an excellent job at Middlesbrough a few years ago in similar circumstances.”
“What he did at the Riverside might not have been pretty but it was absolutely necessary. And that’s the beauty of him as a manager.”
“He can size up a situation very quickly and come up with an answer to their problems as soon as possible and put a solution in place.”
“He could certainly do the job at Newcastle – although don’t know whether he would take to the way everything is structured out.”
Venables of course turned the job down in September before Kinnear’s installation as Kevin Keegan’s successor. Terry turned it down because at that time Mike Ashley couldn’t guarantee him the job long term, since he was selling the club.
Of course in retrospect if Terry had accepted the job at that time, he would probabaly be the long-term manager at the club by now, just as Joe Kinnear is, after he bravely took the job on.
It would not be surprising if the London coach now regrets that decision.
“But in the current circumstances they need somebody with a proven track record. First and foremost Mike Ashley needs someone that can guarantee safety.”
“You cannot take any risks,” “You need someone that will definitely safeguard the club’s Premier League status and Terry Venables would do that without any shadow of a doubt.”
From the comments we’ve had on this, there seem to be quite a few readers opposed to bringing Venables into the club.
We’d like to see Hughton and Calderwood given the chance to save us, and see how that goes before we bring in somebody new.