Newcastle Said To Be Interested In Gus Poyet


The Daily Mirror is reporting today that Newcastle may go after Gus Poyet, the former Totternham assistant manager.

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Gus Poyet – tapped up by Newcastle?    maybe

But getting past the the headline it seems a very soft story.  The Mirror says Newcastle have put Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood in temporary charge, but could move for Gus Poyet to come in if the side drops into the bottom three.

Well if we don’t do well in the first few games Mike Ashley will move to bring in somebody, it’s just who that person will be.

Take your choice from Bryan Robson, Terry Venables, Gus Poyet, and even Glenn Roeder has been mentioned.

Glenn of course did a brilliant job when he took over in February 2006, after Graeme Souness was sacked, and got us up to 7th place, and in that season we won 6 of our last 7 league games, drawing the other one at Birmingham.

But then in the next season he was sacked after a very mediocre performance from the side, but the injuries at that time were also very bad.

The Mirror is reporting that Gus Poyet was on the list to succeed Kevin Keegan last September and is of course a close to Director of Football Dennis Wise.

Poyet was Wise’s assistant manager at Swindon and Leeds before becoming Juande Ramos’ right hand man at Tottenham in 2007.  The former Chelsea and Tottenham star was sacked by Spurs last year, when Juande was sent packing.

The best thing about Gus is his enthusiasm, and he seems to be terrific with the players, and would love the atmosphere at St. James’ Park and in the City itself.

Bringing him in this season could perhaps even open the door for him to stay at the club with Joe, since we are still short of coaches and Calderwood is only here until the summer.

At least that’s a possibility, but right now it looks like Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood will be given the chance to steer Newcastle to safety.

The players must also step up to the plate too, but they started to do that in our last game, and we have lots of players coming back from injury too.

So things may not be bad as they look, but a win against Everton is really what we need a week on Sunday.

Comments welcome.



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63 comments so far

  • broon ale

    Feb 13, 2009 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #1

    i would rather have Roeder than Poyet

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  • Andynufctt

    Feb 13, 2009 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #2

    Bryan Robson, Terry Venables, Gus Poyet, and even Glenn Roeder has been mentioned.
    I hope this is the last we hear of these as candidates for the job. These are all the easy way out IMO the powers that be have to sit down now and think of who can take us forward in the long term not the short term, who that will be is anyones guess.

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  • ginkoh

    Feb 13, 2009 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #3

    In term of ability,I think it’s not the problem but the problem is he never get accepted from us like his pal Dennis Wise.

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  • Guinea Mag

    Feb 13, 2009 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #4

    Can’t see Glen Roeder coming back and while Poyet does not have the experience he’s an improvement on Houghton and Calderwood.

    My preference is Terry Venables although I would like MA to bring in someone who will do the job long term! Poyet maybe the right person provided the fans do not jump all over him because of his friendship and previous working relationship with Dennis Wise…….

    If he takes up the manager’s position, just hope he’s given a chance.

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  • SpartanChris

    Feb 13, 2009 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #5

    Poyet for me!!!

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  • spiderpig

    Feb 13, 2009 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #6

    as he has worked with wise.poyet is the perfect person.we already know wise is staying and the system is staying so why keep fighting it.dennis wise ,love him or hate him has made some great signings.keegan wanted r.dunne for 8 mill,wise got bassong for 500k.say no more.why keep mentioning big name managers that will never work with him.he’s staying and thats that.poyet is what we need.someone with personality and a driving ambition.someone who doesnt need to buy time by chucking 50 mill or more at overpaid prima donnas.them days are gone for us,forget it.

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  • WesToon

    Feb 13, 2009 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #7
  • WesToon

    Feb 13, 2009 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #8

    Well said spiderpig

    Really funny nic by the way,hahahaha,classic

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  • Gary

    Feb 13, 2009 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #9

    Come on guys, we can do better than going back on old ground.

    Poyet will never be made welcome and he wouldn’t have his heart in NUFC anyway.

    Glen is a really nice guy, but with all due respect, he isn’t up to the mark.

    Robson, thank you but no thank you. Not a serious option at all.

    El Tel, certainly the better option to help us finish 4th from bottom and avoid disaster, but still not the right man to lead us forward – nor for that matter is Joe, but realistically, I can’t see him coming back to Newcastle.

    Next we will be talking about Lee Clark and Shearer as a ‘dream team’ and along comes back Terry Mac etc etc.

    Of course, if KK had been given more of the reigns that now appear to be available in the first place, we wouldn’t be having this discussion and I’m sure we would be a few more places up the table.

    So in conclusion – I haven’t the foggiest who we should get … but what we currently have id simply nor good enough – simple as that.

    If only we had taken Martin O’Neil when he wanted the job………

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  • toonarmyuk

    Feb 13, 2009 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #10

    There’s no “it looks like Hughton and Calderwood will be a given a go” to it – the club have categorically said that they would be in charge. I presume that this statement means the club expect Kinnear to definitely return after surgery, otherwise they would appoint another manager, but I genuinelly cant see Kinnear coming back!
    I cant believe they have this chance to actively look for another LONG TERM boss, but they are turning it down, in the hope that Kinnear might be fit again to come back! It’s ridiculous really, especially given their track record – you would have thought they would have learned!!!

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  • DanToon

    Feb 13, 2009 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #11

    NO Poyet! Can’t understand a word he says! Stop with the Spurs cast off’s it’s shocking!

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  • NotAGhostToon

    Feb 13, 2009 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #12

    WesToon, I honestly think Ashley is running this like a good business, the first year or so you make little to no profit, after that you create a sensible turnover. By making these bigger area managers now like media, and like director of football etc, in the future it will pay out! Although i honestly believe ashley isn’t in it to pocket money.

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Feb 13, 2009 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #13

    Two words on Poyet “NO THANKS”

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  • Nick D

    Feb 13, 2009 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #14

    I think it makes a lot of sense. Gus ticks a lot of boxes. He’s young, foreign but has PL experience, has worked successfully at lower league levels, his teams play football, he’s developed some good youth and he has a lot of good contacts. Also he is very popular with fans and players alike.

    As Spiderpig says. why keep fighting the system.
    KK would have spent fortunes on some very average players and the point about Bassong is well made, whether you like Wise or not.

    This list of English managers reads like a who’s who of abject failure. Wouldn’t want any of them. Roeder only succeeded because Shearer was propping him up.

    Shearer perhaps is the exception to the crap English manager list, but I don’t think he would come.

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  • Nick D

    Feb 13, 2009 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #15

    dan toon that’s very racist and besides he was far more Chelsea than Spurs.

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  • WesToon

    Feb 13, 2009 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #16

    @ NotAGhostToon // Feb 13, 2009 at 9:33 AM

    Couldnt agree more mate,im by no means the biggest Ashley fan,because he has made plenty mistakes BUT i do prefer him to Fat Freddy & from what ive seen the future is looking very very very bright indeed

    Whoever says,Ashley is in it to make money,is a fool,go & speak to any owner of a football club & i PROMISE you they will all agree…. owning a Football club IS NOT ABOUT MAKING MONEY simply because you cant,well atleast no right away

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  • Guinea Mag

    Feb 13, 2009 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #17

    I have no problem with Poyet as stand-in manager, just don’t believe the majority of NUSC will accept him.

    Who ever we chose, he needs the full support of management, players and the fans. We are in this mess together and need to survive to play PL football next season…..

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  • DanToon

    Feb 13, 2009 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #18

    Nick D – How the hell is that in the slightest bit racist! He has a stronp accent! You pathetic childish little baby!

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  • Mag 48

    Feb 13, 2009 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #19

    Everything about Newcastle at the moment is make do and mend.The proof will be who buy’s into Ashley’s plan as it seems we’ve got it like it or not.A full time manger and coaching staff are needed NOW!Forget all this “We’re playing for this one or we need to do it that one and I don’t want to hear we’ve got to do it for the fans
    Its the players JOB to do the best they can all the time the rest of us have to.

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  • Nick D

    Feb 13, 2009 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #20

    Read that back to yourself very slowly Dan.

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  • DanToon

    Feb 13, 2009 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #21

    Mag 48 – I agree, we need long term stability now! None of this Interim cr@p, Bruce or Martinez for me!!!

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  • DanToon

    Feb 13, 2009 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #22

    Nick D – Your a “massive tw@” is that racist!? I think you should go back to school and learn what racist means!

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  • repo

    Feb 13, 2009 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #23

    look all its been said clear on sky sports news last night

    chris h and colin calderwood are taking over 1st team affairs at newcastle united..

    there is nobody else coming in..

    so if all want to believe that crap paper so be it..

    its a load of crap and i dont know why people write stuff in this forum knowing its a load of crap..

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  • toonarmyuk

    Feb 13, 2009 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #24

    Nick D – 2 points:

    1. “Shearer perhaps is the exception to the crap English manager list, but I don’t think he would come” – please explain this comment, seeing as Shearer has never held a managerial post in his life!?!?!?!?!

    2. Honestly, do you work for the Governement or something, because “dan toon that’s very racist” is the most absurdly over-the-top uber-PC crap I have ever heard! How is someone saying that they dont understand a word Poyet says, racist? Some people just astound me with their stupidity!

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  • Whumpie

    Feb 13, 2009 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #25

    I think the plan stays the same – do whatever’s necessary to keep us up, then sort it long-term in the summer.

    As with players in January, it’s almost impossible to get good deals on managers mid-season. See how we do with Calderwood, get a caretaker in if needed (Tel would be fave for me in that role but not long term) and then get someone with a serious pedigree come the summer.

    Mind you, most tap-up conversations will end soon after the mention of ‘Director of Football’…

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  • Micky Toon

    Feb 13, 2009 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #26

    repo- agreed. Just where did the “if we drop into the bottom 3 then a move will be made” statement come from? More made up rubbish from the mirror.

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  • Mag 48

    Feb 13, 2009 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #27

    When nufc was taken off the market there ceased to be a need for an intrim manager.It is now more urgent to start the search for a permanent managment staff Joe Kinnear’s health should exclude him that is wether you like him or not If transfer window’s are anything to go by we should have started looking a month ago

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  • DanToon

    Feb 13, 2009 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #28

    toonarmyuk – Thank you, it’s nice to see some people have some common sence!

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  • ginkoh

    Feb 13, 2009 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #29

    Whoever have to tell MA “This is NEWCASTLE not TOTENHAM !!!”

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  • toonarmyuk

    Feb 13, 2009 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #30

    Mag 48 – agreed! Kinnear was only an interim manager until Ashley has sold. And come on, while his heart is in it, please dont tell me that he performed well enough to warrant a permanent contract? I suspect its more of a case that they can 1) pay Kinnear A LOT less than any other manager out there, and 2) use him as apuppet manager who wont give them backchat.

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  • toonarmyuk

    Feb 13, 2009 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #31

    DanToon – no bother mate. I hate this bandwagon people are jumping on at the moment re: racism. I totally agree that racism should not be tolerated one little bit, but when people spout sh!te like Dan Toon did, then you wonder where these people learn the definition of racism?!

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  • DanToon

    Feb 13, 2009 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #32

    toonarmyuk – Agreed kinnaer is a puppet, He can’t beleave his luck (not now obviously) he’s manager of NUFC. He need a long term solution NOW!

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  • toonarmyuk

    Feb 13, 2009 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #33

    DanToon – “not now obviously” hahaha, I cracked up there.
    I cant quite believe that they arent using this as a reason to get a new manager in. I suppose it might show though, that there is a togetherness in the NUFC ‘team’ at the minute and they dont want to upset the harmony by getting someone else in.
    Still, I genuinelly dont think Kinnear will be in any fit stage this season to manage again.

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  • Whumpie

    Feb 13, 2009 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #34

    Good grief. Racist? Give me a break.

    It is a good point about language. I think that was a lot of Scolari’s problem at Chelski. 90% of a manager’s job is communication, so what’s wrong with taking into account his ability to communicate??

    (Not that too many Chelski players even speak much English, but it’s a lot better than my French/Italian/Portguguese, etc.)

    We have geordies – and good ones – in our ranks, with lots more coming through. Any foreign manager is going to have enough trouble without having to translate a decent outburst of Big Market Mouth-off!

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  • workyticket

    Feb 13, 2009 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #35

    Gary // Feb 13, 2009 at 9:29 AM

    “Poyet will never be made welcome and he wouldn’t have his heart in NUFC anyway.”

    Gary, all this “never be made welcome” and all the other stuff is poisoning our club and getting Geordies a reputation as a load of spiteful idiots.
    It may also get us relegated.

    What harm has Gus Poyet ever done to this club? and why wouldn’t his heart be in it?

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  • workyticket

    Feb 13, 2009 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #36

    And as for calling Kinnear a “puppet”, that’s even worse. I’m really disgusted with some of my fellow Geordies at the moment. We’re a disgrace!

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  • DanToon

    Feb 13, 2009 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #37

    toonarmyuk – lol Again i agree, I think Joe Kinnear is finished in football management, His ticker is to fragile, not worth the risk!

    Whumpie – Your right, it was Scolari’s downfall people couldn’t tell what he was saying, it never made much sence.

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  • Micky Toon

    Feb 13, 2009 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #38

    I think the communication problem is probably the other way around. When I worked in Swan Hunters I couldn’t understand half of what some of the old boys there were saying, especially when they got excited and were talking at 100 miles an hour! That was before I left the area to find a job. Now, when I go back I sometimes can’t understand what my sister is saying! 😉

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  • bennytoon

    Feb 13, 2009 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #39

    With all the ex spurs players at newcastle you might as well sign Chirpy the club mascot!!

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  • bennytoon

    Feb 13, 2009 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #40

    You could also play in our old brown kit as you are poo at the moment.

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