The Sun is reporting today that Newcastle players want Terry Venables to come in, and keep the club in the Barclays Premier League.
Terry Venables – reports Newcastle players want him at Newcastle
Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood have been in charge of the team since Joe Kinnear suffered his heart problems back on 7th February, but have managed just 2 points in 5 game sin full charge of the team. Chris managed the side for 5 games last September once Kevin Keegan left, and Newcastle lost every game.
And if this story is true, it’s got to tell Mike Ashley the players have lost confidence in Chris, and that’s a big red flag.
The proverbial Newcastle insider is said to have told The Sun:
“The players have all been talking about how they need someone of real authority to sort it out.”
“There is no leader since Joe Kinnear took ill. It is not that they don’t respect Hughton as a coach because they do, but he is no manager.”
It’s also interesting that Nicky Butt said something very like that in the lead up to the Arsenal game. He said Chris was a great coach but that they were missing Joe’s drive on match days.
Former England manager Venables was asked to take temporary charge when Kevin Keegan left in September but turned it down because owner Mike Ashley was trying to sell the club.
And we put up a poll following the Hull City game asking if Newcastle fans wanted Venables in until the end of the season, and 63% have said yes – and that poll is still active, if you haven’t yet voted on our home page.
We wanted Terry Venables brought in before the Arsenal game, and if nothing is done before Chelsea arrive in two weeks, we have little chance of getting anything out of that game, ands then we’ll have 7 games left to save ourselves from relegation, and be at least 2 points adrift of 4th bottom place.
And if Venables did take over, we could get that lift the players always seem to give a new manager, and we could certainly do with the extra points that lift could deliver.
Mike Ashley has made a mistake in relying on Chris and Colin to manage the side in Joe’s absence, but it’s still not too late to correct that.
Of course, we have no idea if this news if true, but there must be concern at Newcastle that Chris and Colin are just not getting the job done – and if there isn’t there should be.
We haven’t even got to mention the stakes are huge for the Tyneside club.