Newcastle Said To Be Interested In Malaga Manager

We have no idea where these Sunday stories come from, but the Sunday Sun is today reporting Newcastle are lining up a foreign coach, to succeed Joe Kinnear, just in case Joe cannot return to Newcastle.


Malaga’s Antonio Tapia – cheer up – Malaga’s not that bad surely

Malaga’s Antonio Tapia is the latest name to be linked with Newcastle, as the club build some contingency plans in case Joe Kinnear is not able to return to St James’ Park,  following his serious heart surgery.

Tapia is said to be this season’s coaching sensation in La Liga, and has steered newly-promoted Malaga into Champions League contention. Wasn’t the same said about a certain Juande Ramos?

The Costa del Sol club are 5th in the league table on 42 points, and just behind Villareal, with 59-year-old Tapia said to be even getting the best out of former Newcastle winger, Albert Luque,  but we’d have to see that to believe it.

Tapia’s agents, Bahia Internacional, are looking for a possible new deal for their client, as his contract runs out in the summer.

Tapia said today:

“I rejected an offer during the (January) transfer window, although I am a lover of English football.” 

“I am a professional and my commitment was to Malaga. I don’t regret the decision.”
“I don’t want to talk too much about my personal situation. I have received a formal contract offer from Malaga and I am studying that.”

“Then I will speak with my agents and wait to see what happens.”  

You can really add to that the fact that he is looking for a better deal elsewhere, and maybe even in England.

This same news is being reported on QPR football sites,  as the London club is also said to be interested in the Malaga manager.

We’ve heard all about these great foreign coaches before, and not too many, when they do arrive in England, do well.

Rafa Benitez is a good example of somebody who turned out to be just great, and there are others like the special one,  but we think Tapia would be a huge gamble for Newcastle.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

35 comments so far

  • Toon_Ksk (Huh? u mean David Craig is real?)

    Mar 15, 2009 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #1

    I hope he can speak English, otherwise it is pointless.

  • AussieToon

    Mar 15, 2009 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #2

    This is the reason why with Mike Ashley and his cronies in charge we are gonna struggle.

  • beyethegreat

    Mar 15, 2009 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #3

    he sounds like a good manager to me but does he play good football

  • roscoe

    Mar 15, 2009 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #4

    stop talking bout other managers. Its not going to help. At least the clueless arseholes that are at the club now know how the club works. their are 10 games left. It would take a new manager 5 games just to figure out who to play. and by then we’d be down already.

    We are so screwed. Squeaky Bum Time!!!

    Team for Arsenal:

    Tayls Colo Bass Jose
    Tayls Smith Butt Jonas
    ___Owen Oba

    Subs: Loven,lualua,Cacapa,geremi,carrol,Forster,Edgar

    shoot strolla please, dont let him near the ground!

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 15, 2009 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #5

    Mike is starting to Panic..his little toy is falling apart before his eyes.

    Bit late in the day the gates fall drastically and you will have to start pulling your belt in once the TV money dry’s up.


  • Davy Craig

    Mar 15, 2009 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #6

    I agree that we need a new manager because for me Kinnear has not proven anything at all this season. He is not a viable long term prospect.

    Now why would Tapia want to give up all of the hard work he’s done with Malaga to come and manage our lot?

    The challenge? Maybe.

    The money? Yes, if there is any next season.

    He has no real link to the club at all though. We will find it hard to get any proven premiership manager to come here at all and I don’t think we would get anyone that would suit all of the fans.

    Someone like Bruce may be able to do a job but so many fans don’t want him here and will be against him from the word go thereby making the job almost impossible.

    Maybe that will go for anyone that comes in!

    I would like someone with some managerial experience and passion for the club. Although Shearer has no experience I think he could do a job given time but don’t think he’d come under Ashley.

    The usual names will be thrown about but what about Temuri Ketsbaia. He has worked wonders with Famagusta (although he did have one poor season and ended up bringing in 11 new players!!) and certainly has passion for the club.

    The point is that I’m struggling to think of a way out of this situation unless we are prepared to give someone time and a bit of money to build a squad that will at least be good enough to stay in the Premiership without relegation battles each year and then hopefully start looking to knock on the door of success in a few years time.

    This is doing my head in!!

  • batty

    Mar 15, 2009 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #7

    the only person that could save us now is alan shearer he knows the club players etc and would give us an instant lift but cant see him comeing while ashley is here

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 15, 2009 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #8

    We should get a new manager even if Kinnear can run a marathon in the next 3 days.

    Kinnear is a rubbish manager.

  • Nick D

    Mar 15, 2009 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #9

    Try not to show your diaspproval for a foreign coach too much Ed. They could hardly do any worse than the collective of Mssrs Kinnear, Hughton and Calderwood which are the worst
    appointments in the club’s history.

    Ramos did great in his first season and actually won something – we’d kill for that here.

    An experienced foreign manager such as Houllier, Jol, Ranieri should have been secured a long time ago.

    Whatever the rights of KK’s situation, the demo and subsequent fans revolt are to blame for the mess we are in now. When will we ever learn?

  • Nick D

    Mar 15, 2009 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #10



    to name a few.

    Out of the top 5 teams, 4 are foreign managed.

    The cruddy (some less so) English mangers are with teams at the bottom

    Blackburn: Allardyce
    Stoke: Pulis
    Bolton: Megson
    Us: Kinnear
    Boro: Southgate
    WBA: Mowbray
    Portsmouth: Hart

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 15, 2009 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #11

    I’d take Hart over Kinnear. At least Hart has some class.

  • Shot Bru

    Mar 15, 2009 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #12

    Why do they wait until now before deciding we need a manager, it’s clear as the day is long that hughton and calderwood haven’t got the capability to run a bath never mind a football team. We need to appoint a permanent manager now, someone who can organise the players and is not afraid to rattle a few cages.

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 15, 2009 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #13

    Agreed Shot Bru.

  • mcvicar

    Mar 15, 2009 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #14

    ashley hasnt got a clue even though i am dead against jk being our manager i think he will be here for 2 seasons and the only thing that will change that is if his health gets worse i havnt got any faith in ashley and doubt he will ever get this club back to were it belongs

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 15, 2009 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #15

    Idiotsw like workyticket will have you believe Kinnear is as good as Mourinho and Hiddink.

  • Shot Bru

    Mar 15, 2009 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #16

    Ashley really needs to appoint a football consultant or ex pro who is still involved in the game ie. Ray Ranson. Someone who can advise the club regarding it’s decision making and structure purely on the footballing side of things. All the catastrophic decisions so far on the appointment of managers, selling and buying of players has resulted in our current predicament. If we do survive this season an appointment of this nature should be our priority.

  • chuck

    Mar 15, 2009 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #17

    WORKEY TICKET, has probably forgotten more about football than you ever knew.
    At least he backs up his posts with facts rather than shoot from the hip like you tend to.
    So give it a rest about Joe ,you dont have to prove you are ignorant.

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 15, 2009 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #18

    Chuck – Its ironic as you are probably the most ignorant person on this blog.

    From Workyticket’s comments he seems to know very little about the beautiful game past 1990. He does not understand modern football, only old sentimental values. He is a stubborn and ignorant individual, much like yourself.

    I read today that Kinnear may now hvae to give up management all together, thank god, for our sake. If we went down he’d probably get us close to being relegated to League 1!

  • chuck

    Mar 15, 2009 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #19

    Your right but he, Ashley is only interested in cheap as he is waiting for the economy to improve( may have a long wait) or a big money
    Oilman , billionaire, to make him an offer he cant refuse.

  • chuck

    Mar 15, 2009 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #20

    TOM_TOON Gues I hit a nerve, sorry !

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 15, 2009 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #22

    Sellars is an improvement on Joke-in-here

  • Wigaz

    Mar 15, 2009 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #23

    I would Love to see Bruce or Shearer in charge but not sure either would come under Ashley. I think personally we need a no nonsense manager who will make these players play, and if they turn in half arse performances like this lot did on sat he’ll put a foot up their arse. That man is called Gordon Strachan. The question is would he turn his back on winning trophies & Champs league every season to manage us?

  • AussieToon

    Mar 15, 2009 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #24

    The man to manage this club next year for me has to be Tamiri Ketsbaia.

    Has to be! No one else I want and even if we are playing in the fizzy pop league, Tamiri will bring back the good days to Newcastle.

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 15, 2009 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #25

    Agree with Ketsbaia.

  • Sav

    Mar 15, 2009 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #26

    Temuri Ketsbaia.

    Any one of a dozen managers would bring major improvement: Bruce, Ketsbaia, Martinez, Jol, Shearer, etc. but none of them will work their magic until Ashley clears the path for them.

    He needs to get rid of Llambias and appoint a respected General Manager who is not just a betting buddy. We need also a respected chairman – someone like Bob Moncur, and he needs to replace Wise (if he’s leaving) with a chief scout answerable to the manager and that should be made plain from the beginning (and no fingers crossed behind his back like last time).

    Finally, he needs to dispel the perception inside and outside the club that everyone is here only until a buyer can be found. He can do that by committing a substantial transfer fund of his own money at the manager’s disposal … and forget about making transfer window profits for the rest of his tenure.

  • Darling27

    Mar 16, 2009 at 12:58 AM

    Comment #27

    Alan Curbishley could do a decent job.

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 16, 2009 at 1:08 AM

    Comment #28

    Was thinking tht, I’d rather have him or even Pardew than hopeless Joe.

  • Sav

    Mar 16, 2009 at 2:35 AM

    Comment #29

    Lads, seriously,….. there’s a reason I didn’t include Pardew or Curbishley in my list of a dozen managers who could do a job for us…and it wasn’t oversight.

  • clinta

    Mar 16, 2009 at 2:39 AM

    Comment #30

    A crook maybe- our manager(?) JK would be and is a far greater gamble then the likes of most.

  • Nick D

    Mar 16, 2009 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #31

    curbishley – do me a favour, never won anything. defensive negative also ran.

    worky ticket is stuck in a time warp and being old doesn’t make him more knowledgeable than the rest of us. He likes to ram it down our throats if anyone has a different opinion to him.

    We need more progressive fans who can think for themselves like tom toon, partizan, stardust, sav, sirjasontoon and the like, not relics like chuck and worky who sweat like geordies in a maths test.

  • Stardust

    Mar 16, 2009 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #32

    Not Sure where the anti Workyticket posts are coming from – but he always backs up his thoughts with evidence – something that most others choose to ignore.

    Nick D – I dont think he rams anything down anyones throats – he is simply factual goes tot he heart of the matter quicky and incisively.

    I look at his posts as a man who stood by the club in its time of need, not someone who turned against it without evidence.

  • workyticket

    Mar 16, 2009 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #33

    Tom_Toon // Mar 15, 2009 at 3:35 PM

    “Idiotsw like workyticket will have you believe Kinnear is as good as Mourinho and Hiddink.”

    Er, no. Actually I wrote that he was ‘no Rinus Michels’, but that he was a decent manager who has been grossly misrepresented by people who don’t really have a clue about him or his tactics. Unfortunately, I can’t say the quite the same for Hughton’s performance the other day, which was very uninspiring sadly. That had nothing to do with Kinnear though, and I’ll still be behind the team!

    Thanks BTW Chuck and Stardust 🙂

  • workyticket

    Mar 16, 2009 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #34

    Stardust // Mar 16, 2009 at 9:32 AM

    “Not Sure where the anti Workyticket posts are coming from”

    Tom_Toon Stardust. He was having one of his anti Kinnear rants, and it became evident that he had mistaken Kinnear for Bobby Gould, so I told him. He has a bit of a grudge over that one. 😉

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 16, 2009 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #35

    workyticket – You are still living pre-1990’s.


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