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?