David O’Leary Could Be Appointed Newcastle Boss This Week

The BBC is reporting today that Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley is reconsidering his decision to sell the club and may opt to remain at St James’ Park and appoint former Leeds boss David O’Leary as the new manager.

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David O’Leary – new manager at Newcastle?

That’s not new news as Mike returns from Hawaii, and will see there have been no bids even close to the £100M he wants for the club.

But it is also believed that Ashley will make a move this week to appoint David O’Leary as manager if he does remains at the Newcastle club.

Ashley put the club up for sale in May following their relegation from the Premier League to the Championship, and for a second time within a year has been unable to unload the club.

Radio 5 live’s Garry Richardson is quoited as saying:.

“My understanding is that there will be developments at Newcastle this week,”

“It could result in Mike Ashley deciding not to sell Newcastle if he can’t find a buyer at the right price. He might decide to cut his losses and stay as chairman.”

“If Mike Ashley stays it could lead to him approaching David O’Leary to be the manager.

“”As always with Newcastle it’s ifs and buts but certainly as things stand this morning, it could be David O’Leary and Mike Ashley could be staying.”

As we have reported earlier, local businessmen Barry Moat had emerged as a leading contender to buy the club, but it does seem that Barry just doesn’t have the money to buy the club, never mind invest in it for the future.

That’s unless he can get even more backing from the Americans said to be backing Moat’s bid.

David O’Leary has been out of management since he left his position at Aston Villa in 2006, and only last week was quoted as saying he had turned down an offer to manage Newcastle for two years.

But it does seem that something will give this week, but having the incompetent Ashley remain at the club, as far as we are concerned, will be the very worst news possible.

Comments welcome.

106 comments so far

  • RyanToon

    Aug 9, 2009 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #1

    David Oleary’s favourite comment

    we aint got enough money for players!

    so looks like well hear him moan again!

  • Joseph

    Aug 9, 2009 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #2

    well o’leary might get some cash all he did was moan about the lack of it at villa.
    still better than jfk as manager

  • Rangerman

    Aug 9, 2009 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #3

    Decent manager O’Leary even if he does moan a lot, I think he would get us promoted.

  • AussieToon

    Aug 9, 2009 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #4

    Decent manager and better than JFK.

    Having Ashley as owner is not good though, I cant see that light at the end of the tunnel though.

    I do not see how it would be good news for the players either.

  • toonarmy_72

    Aug 9, 2009 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #5

    RIP NUFC….

    David O’Leary for me is not a man who can motivate a squad with little confidence because of the lack of communication at the club……

    He has a poor record of management when he has no money, only got to look at what happened to Leeds….

    I dont actually believe the BBC no what is happening, only last week Harris on 5live was talking about something positive at the end of month? How has that changed so quickly? I mean the fans don’t see MA as something positive…

    I am getting more concerned by the week, guess all i can do is get behind the lads on Saturday against Reading, and hope something happens between now and then.


  • punk skunk...

    Aug 9, 2009 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #6

    I am NO FAN of O’lairy, AT ALL, WHATSOEVER, but,
    at least he would play/try a few of the bairns, which is what most have been shoutin’ for!..


  • catchy in norway

    Aug 9, 2009 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #7

    he is a step up from jfk,, but still a few below what we need,,,
    why not shearer,,

  • Dondatta13

    Aug 9, 2009 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #8

    MR Ashley,

    Im past statments attributed to you, you have admitted mistakes, you have conceaded that when faced with decisions you have always opted for the wrong choice…..

    MR Ashley, if reports are correct and you do wish to retain the club Newcastle United, then do so but do it the right way and appoint Alan Shearer.

    Please DO NOT retain the club and appoint a manager that has been out of work since 2006, you are at the crossroads once again THIS TIME TAKE THE CORRECT PASSAGE (Alan) & NOT THE USUAL WRONG ROAD (David).

  • punk skunk...

    Aug 9, 2009 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #9

    Shearer obviously wants too many stipulations that, atm, ashley can’t subscribe to…If you listen to Shearer speak about it, he wants to do it his way or not at all, so maybe he has to wait ’til someone else owns the club & gives him everythin’ he needs…At least he’s not agreein’ to come in, then walk ‘cos it isn’t perfect, a la kk!..

  • magpie6699

    Aug 9, 2009 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #10

    Leeds fans totally unimpressed with O’Leary and claim that all his success with any club was on the back of the squads he was left. As soon as he brought his own rubbish in, things always went downhill. Assuming we continue to sell our high-earners, this is not a great track record for what we need.
    Why has he not had a job for 3 years – ask yourself? Or are we trying to keep up a record of appointing the previously long-term unemployed (Keegan, Kinnear, now O’Leary).
    Mummy – please make the nasty mans go away!

  • punk skunk...

    Aug 9, 2009 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #11


  • Rangerman

    Aug 9, 2009 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #12

    People need to be more realistic about where we are at the moment, we are in the championship so the chances of us attracting a better manager than O’Leary are pretty slim.

    His track record is decent, he spent a lot of money at Leeds but still managed to bring through youth players that were the backbone of the club, the likes of Woodgate, Smith, and Robinson all became regulars in his team and Milner’s best season so far as a professional was when he took him to Villa on loan.

    He did tail off at Villa in the end but that was just as much to do with the situation there as it was his management skills, he said a few weeks ago that O’Neill has never bettered his best at Villa even with all of the money he spent and he was right.

    O’Leary would get us organised, playing decent football and would try and bring as many as our youth players through as possible, considering our situation I don’t think anyone could offer any better than that.


    Aug 9, 2009 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #13


  • punk skunk...

    Aug 9, 2009 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #14

    He’s probably been to watch some football tho’, unlike kk…Aye, clutchin’ at straws like!..


  • punk skunk...

    Aug 9, 2009 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #15

    Rangerman has points!..

  • Nick D

    Aug 9, 2009 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #16


    That last paragraph – absolutely spot on.

  • Toonmania

    Aug 9, 2009 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #17

    more paper/radio bull, i won’t believe it until it actually appeared on ssn even then wouldn’t until i saw it on club website.
    but if he did employ O’leary then it goes to prove he has no sence at all, what’s the point of all these managers that have been out of the game for such a long timeit started with keegan nearly 6 years out of it, then kinner 4&1/2 years out now o’leary 4 years out it’s obviously because they will accept a cheap contract nothing else, but there obviously not any good mike that’s why there out of work Idiot.

  • punk skunk...

    Aug 9, 2009 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #18

    ‘Cos in our present state,

  • NICK C

    Aug 9, 2009 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #19

    Just seen aaron hughes househunting in gosforth. probs just looking for a tyneside gaff for his mrs but u never knaa…

  • bigjeffliv

    Aug 9, 2009 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #20

    Got to agree with rangerman, I think everyone needs to be a bit realistic about our position. If Ashley can’t sell, it’s because nobody wants to buy.

    No doubt there’ll still be calls for Ashley to bring in Shearer, but I get the impression that Al would want to bring in his players, something that we clearly can’t do at present…..and I can’t see him wanting to be associated with anything that he’s not in total control of.

    If O’Leary can deal with operating with the current restictions then fair enough. We have no choice but to bring the kids through, something he’s done before.

    I think the only other person that would take the job now would be JFK……….and that would be embarrassing all over again.

    Sorry state of affairs however you look at it, but that’s just the way football is at the moment………..until the money side of things gets regulated (wage/transfer cap) there’ll always be teams overachieveing and then left with major financial hangovers.

  • punk skunk...

    Aug 9, 2009 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #21

    Solid player Aaron, shoulda kept him!..

    …Good all over the bacl line & mf…

  • Rangerman

    Aug 9, 2009 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #22

    what’s the point of all these managers that have been out of the game for such a long timeit started with keegan nearly 6 years out of it, then kinner 4&1/2 years out now o’leary 4 years out it’s obviously because they will accept a cheap contract nothing else, but there obviously not any good mike that’s why there out of work Idiot.


    Keegan and O’Leary were both out of the game for 3 years so lets not exaggerate, Keegan also had a bumper contract too.

    I would go for Curbishley if it was up to me but it doesn’t bother me if the manager has been out of the game a few years or not.

  • repo

    Aug 9, 2009 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #23

    If they bring in that irish noob in..

    it proves mike doing this on purpose as he knows shearer wants the job but he trying to get revenge over the fans for all this abuse he’s been getting..

  • Wigaz

    Aug 9, 2009 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #24

    I still think the job is destined for Shearer but to be fair O leary aint that bad a manager. I do agree that Curbs would be better bet as he has experience of getting out of this league too. Truth is nobody has a clue whats going on & their all just guessing!

  • Cooper

    Aug 9, 2009 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #25

    I cant see ANY manager accepting a job offer of Mike Ashley, no owner has a worse reputation than him at the moment. Ashely needs to sell or the soap opera will just continue, its as simple as that.

  • magforlife

    Aug 9, 2009 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #26

    It was almost a certainty that a bullshit story of this nature would appear today after the result didnt go the way the press hoped and predicted.
    Why would a manager who operates heavily in the transfer market agree to work for an owner who doesnt?
    Coventry are winning one nil against media darling Keanos team, howay city.

  • Cooper

    Aug 9, 2009 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #27


    Cant help feeling he would have stayed if shearer had been given the job.

  • magforlife

    Aug 9, 2009 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #28

    two nil Coventry, keano has a face like a smacked arse.

  • Mikey25

    Aug 9, 2009 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #29

    Why wouldnt he hire Shearer if he was staying on? Hes done it once to silence us, if he decides to stay surely he’ll do it again?

    Speculation again, Ashley probably been putting feelers out seeing who possible temp managers could be if this does run on!

  • magforlife

    Aug 9, 2009 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #30

    West Ham looking at Andy Carroll which if it comes off will leave us with Goala Shola as our main striker, doesnt bear thinking about.

  • Rangerman

    Aug 9, 2009 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #31

    The club couldn’t afford to keep Martins if he wanted to stay or not.

  • Bill F

    Aug 9, 2009 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #32

    I would bet that there are many very good managers who would jump at the chance to manage us, even under the present hierarchy. Ashley seems to want yes men so we will not get any of them. I don’t look forward to seeing O’Leary in charge. The AS appointment was a desperate move by him and I can’t help feeling he wouldn’t have kept him on even if we had stayed up.

  • keeganjr

    Aug 9, 2009 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #33

    i’m sick of all the bad comments about newcastle. the norwegian news papers and tv are taking a swipe every day.. i just want a new owner that cares, a manager with balls that can motivate, and players who will die for that shirt. i guess i speak for all of us. kindly regards from norway with bad english, hehe

  • Rangerman

    Aug 9, 2009 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #34

    Why wouldnt he hire Shearer if he was staying on? Hes done it once to silence us, if he decides to stay surely he’ll do it again?

    Speculation again, Ashley probably been putting feelers out seeing who possible temp managers could be if this does run on!


    Could be a number of things.

    *Can’t afford his demands for moving the club forward while we are in the championship

    *Doesn’t want another local hero after all of the bother he had with the last one

    *Wants experience as we need to come straight back up

    *Doesn’t rate Shearer after his 8 games last season

    I’d say it’s a mixture of all of the above.

  • Toon_Factor

    Aug 9, 2009 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #35

    Bring him in!

  • Rangerman

    Aug 9, 2009 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #36

    Bill F – What has O’Leary done to make you think he is a yes man?

    He was always speaking out against Ellis when he was at Villa.

  • Obafan

    Aug 9, 2009 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #37

    Pfff, I’m getting sick of it. Every day another story. Why do they not come out and let us know what is going on?

    Ashley to stay as owner is the worst thing that could happen for the club. We need him out of St. James. He is the worst owner ever and no one would want to work for him and can you blame them?

    O’Leary well I think he would do a good job, b ut I also think he will not have the support of the majority of the fans, cause he is appointed by Ashley. I am not saying that that is the correct thing, but it will happen tho’.

    On another note after the game yesterday my confidence in tthe team has grown , but we need new players in. Starting with Beckford who already scored 2 for Leeds.

    Come on Ashley for once do good fot the club and accept any offer. And Lliambarse what happenned with the 2 or more offers of £100m???

  • IrishMan

    Aug 9, 2009 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #38

    Please no. We should ask why he has not been offered a decent job in the last three years. This would be a mistake. And I couldn’t stand the constant moaning.

  • keeganjr

    Aug 9, 2009 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #39

    bring in Erik Hamen from rosenborg or janne jonsson rom staebek from norway. both swedish, play attacking fotball, passing and pacy. had too bring in a lot of players tough, since nobody in the currant squad don’t fit in, mayby lua lua..

  • keeganjr

    Aug 9, 2009 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #40

    we all are contant moaning, hehe


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