Ashley Looking At Various Management Candidates


There are some strange goings on happening right now at the Newcastle club.

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Derek Llambias with Mike Ashley

With the Newcastle hierarchy denying the story, Joe Kinnear has come out today and said he was offered a two year contract two weeks ago, but couldn’t take it up because of doctor’s health warnings, but will be ready in 3 months time.

With the likelihood of Mike staying at Newcastle for the coming season, if the club is not sold quickly, he will need to appoint a permanent manager for the club, and presumably hope the side can get promotion at their first attempt, although that would be unlikely at this point.

Apparently two consortia interested in buying the Newcastle club are now stalling on a deal because of the poor financial state of the club.

Management candidates David O’Leary, Alan Curbishley, Gordon Strachan and Steve Coppell have apparently been discussed at boardroom level, and it looks unlikely that Ashley will appoint Alan Shearer, the fans’ favorite, having kept him in the dark for over 10 weeks.

Of those four management candidates we would favor Steve Coppell,  who can get the very best out of the Newcastle squad, and has many contacts in the game to bring in the required new players quickly.

Jonathan Brill, Ashley’s spokesman, said yesterday:

“Mike is still hopeful something will happen but if it doesn’t happen, then Mike will remain here.”

“You have to look at it and say, if it isn’t sold, what other choice does he have?”

Keith Harris, the executive chairman of Seymour Pierce, the London investment bank charged with brokering a deal, still remains somewhat optimistic that a deal could happen before September, but after all that’s his job:

“Newcastle is clearly not going to be sold before Saturday,”

“But I’m hopeful something might be done by the end of the month.” “The shock to Newcastle’s revenue lines after relegation is very severe,”

“It was important to see players were capable of being sold,” “I would expect a few more to leave in the coming weeks and one or two more to come in.”

Harris has encouraged Ashley to start selling players such as Obafemi Martins, the striker who joined Wolfsburg for £9M last week.

It seems that Habib Beye and Sebastien Bassong, two of our best players and winners of the Newcastle United Blog Player of the Year these last two seasons respectively, will be next out of the door.

The club hopes to get at least £14M for these two players.

And so the soap opera at Newcastle continues unabated ……

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188 comments so far

  • Toon Graeme

    Aug 5, 2009 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #1

    Ed, interesting debate just been on Five live and Radio Toon.

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  • Gordo

    Aug 5, 2009 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #2

    I would go for Steve Coppell ain’t getting Shearer.

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  • Toon Graeme

    Aug 5, 2009 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #3

    Ne chance of shearer. That ship has sailed!

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  • OHurley

    Aug 5, 2009 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #4

    I’m sad about Shearer. I really think that he would have done us well. Oh well, the best laid plans of mice and men…

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  • Tino 11

    Aug 5, 2009 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #5

    Interesting that John Carver felt the fans played no part in us being relegated, now where’s stardust with his “mob” comments?

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  • frogeordie

    Aug 5, 2009 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #6

    Mike staying could be the best news ever! He must not listen to “fans” he’s done that and look at us! I’m with Sir Bobby – Mike wants the best for the Toon (and himself) – an experienced manager a few Quid and watch the supporters cheer us back into Prem. Ash would instantly be a hero. Why would he give us away to an-other so they can make a fortune when HE CAN do it himself?
    Choose the backroom staff carefully – thats all he needs

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  • OHurley

    Aug 5, 2009 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #7

    Tino-

    hehehehehehe interesting question m8… where IS startdust?

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  • Raffo

    Aug 5, 2009 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #8

    I do too but I think Coppel would be a great choice. I only heard the last half hour of the debate but there seemed to be a good reasoned well balanced debate. It is a shame there werent any reps from the club there.

    I also heard some reference to the NUST, was there anything mentioned earlier about them and there message and what they are wanting to achieve, cos as a fan i dont actually know what they stand for

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  • Alex

    Aug 5, 2009 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #9

    Coppell would be my choice of those named , he does know how to get a team promoted . Paul jewel and boothroyd also got small clubs promoted aswell maybe they would be worth a look at .

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  • Gordo

    Aug 5, 2009 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #10

    Can Ashley not see how much we are hurting.Just get someone in man.

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  • frogeordie

    Aug 5, 2009 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #11

    Aye Raffo smacks a little of the loonies wanting to run the mad house.
    They’ve done badly thus far.

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  • bozo

    Aug 5, 2009 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #12

    Stardust will be waiting for people to forget how he is always wrong about everything then pop back up talking the usual rubbish. I think the biggest problem will be finding a manager willing to work for Ashley if its not going to be Kinnear then expect O’leary. Hes a friend of our esteemed chairman.

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  • Steve_48

    Aug 5, 2009 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #13

    Some interesting chat on Radio5 live tonight, all makes sense, just need rid of Cashley, Shearer no longer an option – he’s had enough. John Carver would not be drawn on the subject which means it aint gonna happen.

    We will have Cashley again @ the helm this coming season, accept it.

    No bugger is going to buy our sacred club.

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  • Tino 11

    Aug 5, 2009 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #14

    Hitman if your logged on, are you a real hitman? Because if you were then i’d give you all my money to take out MA and DL.

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  • sheppyno9

    Aug 5, 2009 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #15

    coppell would be an excellent choice, i’d probably prefer him to shearer, he has the experience to bring the club together and the squad of players, he has the experience to bring the players needed to help us back in the premiership.

    if ashley is to stay I hope he looks at WBA on saturday and see’s the unity of the club and aims to do the same. we need an end to this fiasco now, so ashley are you up to it???

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  • frogeordie

    Aug 5, 2009 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #16

    Be careful what you wish for – you may get it…. Old old saying but think on… You want it spelt out? Scrap man out.. Ash in… Sam out… KK in… Dirty Den in.. nah not our fault! Big Al… Not just great Eh?

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  • Big Gaz

    Aug 5, 2009 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #17

    My window cleaner (who is a very knowledgable fella) says that LEE CLARKE was approached to take over….. Kin Hell

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  • bozo

    Aug 5, 2009 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #18

    Big Gaz I would be cuffed with Clarkie as Manager I think the lad has potential to be a good manager and hes got more experience than Shearer.

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  • Graeme

    Aug 5, 2009 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #19

    The only candidate on that list I wouldnt have is O’Leary to be honest. Any of the other 3 are more than capable of sorting out the club from top to bottom including getting the players shaped up and their ego’s smacked back into place.

    See you at WBA Saturday.

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  • Tino 11

    Aug 5, 2009 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #20

    Gordon Strachan out of that bunch for me, then Alan Curbishley.

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  • punk skunk...

    Aug 5, 2009 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #21

    Strachan or Coppell would work for me like…
    …Both try to play quick, carpet football!..
    …That’s what we need!..

    …Both have a tough as F*** attitude & take no shit from the press scum!..

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  • Ross

    Aug 5, 2009 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #22

    Coppell or Curbs would be the two i immediatly take to consider from that list like. I dont think the Shearer ship has well and truly sailed, all he’s said is that he’ll be with the bbc for the WBA game. I’m not saying i expect to see him in the dug out in 3 weeks time but, y’know, things change.
    Enjoyed the debate on 5live the night. Was good to hear the likes of Carver, Mick Martin and Mick Lowes talk about the club, and as strange as it sounds slightly comforting that they as fans were also just as frustrated/confused as us when it came to Ashleys motives/actions/whats actually going on atm in general.
    I was canny curious as to their optomism with regards to the championship like. Lowes and Carver both seemed to think the championship wasnt as tough a league as people made it out to be and on the basis of the squad we have now, with one or two additions we could mount a genuine challenge for the league. I dunno if i agree to be honest.

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  • punk skunk...

    Aug 5, 2009 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #23

    Ross,
    i reckon the ‘Shearer ship hasn’t well & truly sailed’ either…People do seem to think that ‘cos they’ve said somethin’ enough times, it must be so…Which is pap tbh!..
    …& Re: what Carver etc said about our team, they’re right!..We do have some good players, good enough to get outta the chumpionship at least…It was the turmoil that F***ed ’em last season, as much as anythin’ & several coaches with different ideas etc…
    …Stability would change everythin’!..

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  • craigcoozy

    Aug 5, 2009 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #24

    *****my worst nitemare*****************
    not sure how good this source is, but i went 2 see my physio 2 day and guy that gives treatment just done the priest that carried out sir bobbys funeral 2day, he said he was told ashly is keeping club now , as there no buyers and wont put any money in club, as it mite go in2 liquadation, and offered kinner job but kinner said he would take job in 3 months wen fit so houghton will remain in charge untill then.

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  • Mags

    Aug 5, 2009 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #25

    Has anyone seen what a ‘Freelance Journo’ on TOTT ia saying? That short term appointment ofPaul Bracewell /Stan Ternent will be . Supposedly they will be at te West Brom match but only announced on Monday.

    They are saying this inforomatiom will be announced on Sky tonight about 10.30!!!!

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  • punk skunk...

    Aug 5, 2009 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #26

    Was this physio a mackem or smog by any chance?..Sounds like the usual press rhetoric to me like!..

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  • TERRYHIBBETONTHEWING

    Aug 5, 2009 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #27

    Interesting debate on 5 Live.Whilst Curbishley and Coppell are both available another name for the hat would be Alan Irvine.Has done a good job at Preston on very limited resources.Newcastle connection too!!!.

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  • Mags

    Aug 5, 2009 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #28

    Punk Skunk – dunno, we hear so much crap these days.

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  • Mick G

    Aug 5, 2009 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #29

    Didn’t Curbishley leave West Ham because of interference of the CHAIRMAN AND A DIRECTOR OF fOOTBALL.Surely he won’t want to be part of the shambles that is a Mike Ashley run NUFC

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  • Alex

    Aug 5, 2009 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #30

    For me it would be Coppell out of the names mentioned . If not him how about Paul Jewell or Aidy Boothroyd they know how too get teams promoted into the prem from the ccc .

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  • Big Dave

    Aug 5, 2009 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #31

    Mick G ur 100% right i listened to him Gordon strachan and JFK on 5 live today and he said that he couldnt work that way.

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  • BlacknWhite Barmy

    Aug 5, 2009 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #32

    No matter what – with Ashley at the helm we are screwed. He has no interest other than getting his money. Any offer will be taken and I cant see us signing any players – remember we have had 5 previous windows where we have pressed F5 till midnight with nowt of anyworth.
    I cant see Coppell taking the job – remember he walked out on ManCity because of the pressure !!! Try the Toon son – no pressure.
    That leaves the irish joke o’dreary – how the hell has it come to this?

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  • cromscott

    Aug 5, 2009 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #33

    Asprilla you little bitch……Man up…….Come and see me on this forum…….i seen your message on Kens board http://www.21stcenturyrivalz.com/newcastle-f45.html

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  • punk skunk...

    Aug 5, 2009 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #34

    Mags,
    aye y’right there mate, who knows what to believe?..Probably…Believe nowt ’til there’s actually somethin’ solid…Acts not words!..

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  • bill

    Aug 5, 2009 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #35

    Why are people saying it’s too late for Shearer?

    I listened to the debate on Radio 5 and the message that I got was that most people wanted Shearer to take over as manager asap.

    Have I missed something?

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  • punk skunk...

    Aug 5, 2009 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #36

    But the DoF position is history!..

    …But i guess the mongs in the press are always months, if not years behind the times in the crap they spew…Same old tired questions, tryin’ to reaffirm their petty prejudices!..

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  • craigcoozy

    Aug 5, 2009 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #37

    na mate he not makem, hes normaly reliable like!hes phisio 4 dunston fed

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  • Ross

    Aug 5, 2009 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #38

    bill-i think its just down to the assumption that Ashley has done nothing to make a move for Shearer in like, 9/10 weeks and he’s for now, back with the bbc.

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  • nimo

    Aug 5, 2009 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #39

    id take nigel pearson, think hes some one who commands respect and is an excellent coach

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  • punk skunk...

    Aug 5, 2009 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #40

    bill,
    it’s ‘cos the guy runnin’ the show tried to get anyone to say that that ‘might’ be the case!..
    …More media led presumption!..

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