Are Newcastle Ready To Appoint Marcelino Toral As Manager?


Surprising news in the Sunday Sun yesterday,  that owner Mike Ashley is considering appointing Spanish coach Marcelino Toral as the new Newcastle manager next summer.

Marcelino Toral

Marcelino Toral – top young Spanish coach


We had thought Mike would take Newcastle off the market, but only until the summer, when he could get at least £200M for the club, if we were promoted, which is a healthy increase on the £80M he is currently asking for the club.

But the Sunday Sun article suggest Mike may be here for the longer term (what!).

If Mike is to sell the club in the summer, why would he ever appoint a new manager in the summer?

He’s refused to do that since last May, because with the club up for sale the new owners would want to appoint their own manager.

So it makes no sense to us, that he would be appointing Marcelino Torel – unless Mike was staying longer term as owner.

Apparently Marcelino was sounded out about the Newcastle job early last year, after Sam Allardyce was fired, and as Kevin Keegan began his second spell at Newcastle.

Back at that time, Marcelino was lined up to take over the manager position at Real Zaragoza after a successful spell at Racing Santander.

Last season he did get Zaragosa promoted back to the Spanish first division,  where they are currently mid-table this season. The 44-year-old’s contract with the mid-table La Liga club expires next June.

Toral right now is apparently the highest paid football coach in Spain, getting around 2.4M euros a year, (£2.2M), and he has a decent record of success with Spanish clubs CD Lealtad, Sporting de Gijón, Recreativo de Huelva, Racing Santander and Real Zaragoza.

Logic tells us this story cannot be true, but you never know what’s going on in Mike Ashley’s head.



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23 comments so far

  • Trent Toon

    Oct 19, 2009 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #1

    I must agree he would bring a nice style of play to newcastle. We need a change in style im sick of the crap we play!

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  • Chris F

    Oct 19, 2009 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #2

    in a word: no.

    it’s just yet another regurgitated lie from the sunday sun.

    they have zero credibility, and print so much unsubstantiated garbage they make the NotW appear like a well-researched and unbiased publication.

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  • Mikey25

    Oct 19, 2009 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #3

    He’s the Martinez of Spain! Would love to see him come in, again another manager id prefer over Shearer! Think whoever comes in or if MA stays the full time manager post will make or break us! This story is obviously a load of bull but even so, nice to see us being linked with a good young exciting manager!

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  • sirjasontoon

    Oct 19, 2009 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #4

    The football is Dull and ineffective-don’t know what the solution is though so I will just fall asleep instead zzzzzzzzz

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  • toonsy

    Oct 19, 2009 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #5

    No manager will get the time he needs until Shearer has had a stint. Give him it now and lest see if he can sink or swim.

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  • Nick D

    Oct 19, 2009 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #6

    This is what should have happened when we sacked ”rugby league ” Allardyce.

    A new modern manager like this guy, Deschamps, Martinez or Di Matteo. Not old school English rejects who’ve never won owt and use dinosaur tactics (not really including KK in that.)

    Looking at us hoof it all day to Carroll was a throw back to the evil Allardyce / Kinnear axis.

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  • premier

    Oct 19, 2009 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #7

    Marcellino eh–with a name like that he must be good!!! Not sure if he would make Messiah status tho and surely thats what toon deserve!!

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  • sirjasontoon

    Oct 19, 2009 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #8

    Toonsy Shearer had his stint,he needs to find a smaller club and get some decent experience-the task at newcastle is far too big for someone with Shearer’s credentials.

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  • G

    Oct 19, 2009 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #9

    Agreed at premier… I have an aversion to anybody with Marcelino in the name! A finger (possibly the middle one?) in a bandage springs to mind!

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  • Mikey25

    Oct 19, 2009 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #10

    The trouble with Shearer is he will be given the time…which is also a great thing!!

    If Hughton had failed miserably in the last 8 games like Shearer he woulda got “no way is he good enough to be manager” if JFK had come back and done it he woulda got “crap manager, poor man manager get him out” whereas Shearer is being welcomed with open arms after effectively doing something any other manager woulda been hung drawn and quartered for!

    4 bad games with Hughton and his head is being called for…will it be a 20-30bad game run before Shearer gets the mob against him? Then it’ll be too late! Or will the board get the blame instead of him? Shearers time will come but now is not the right time! We have a really broken squad that needs experience and a new outlook to get playing right!

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  • sahota

    Oct 19, 2009 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #11

    Mike won’t simply spend a penny till we are sold… Look at recent past, he is trying to cash in as many assets as he can.. Believe it or not he will sell players again in JAN. We will get SHOCK when few of our key players from current squad will eb sold like Kevin Nolan, Smith. We will be left with very young squad to fight for rest of season and that will at MAX take us in Play Offs. That woo if we are lucky. I just wish GOD helps us a little and push this MIKE out of toon.

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  • G

    Oct 19, 2009 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #12

    Agreed Mikey25. I also echo the earlier comments that Shearer is not ready for the job yet. I do hope he goes on to become a great manager, however, right here, right now he is the wrong man. Lets have some experience at this level please.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Oct 19, 2009 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #13

    Shearer will take us to Division 1,or near the bottom of the fizzy pop bottle-The man knows nothing about tactics and has an even worse bunch of players to chose from this time round.

    8 games was enough for me under Shearer, time to move on and get someone that can motivate a team and get this dull lot of dishcloths sparkling again.

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  • Ericles

    Oct 19, 2009 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #14

    Another load of manure from the tangled mind of Ashley.

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  • big bob

    Oct 19, 2009 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #15

    sirjasontoon
    i see hughton is doin a great job at present 3 winable games and only 2 points great motivational guy he is and i think we will be lucky to get a draw at scunthorpe
    i am not a massive shearer fan but who else is there????????
    at least with shearer he wont have to start from scratch and the players respect him

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  • dave 1961

    Oct 19, 2009 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #16

    what a hole load of rat crap, this articles a none starter, & for those anti shearer brigade, you are thankfully a small minority, and boards like this is the only place you can voice your opinion, the facts are shearer does not need us, we need him, he is made for life, we are up S**T creek, with an A**E HOLE for an owner & a T*T for a manager. no one will touch this job, unless its the only show in town, that’s why it will take one of our own to do it, or is it to be perpetual failure, the only people that deserve anything from nufc are the fans, and that’s why we need one to sort this mess out.

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  • Partizan

    Oct 19, 2009 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #17

    Marcelinho would change the game completely.We will be a completelly diiferent team with him,the likes of BArton,Butt,Guthrie,Carroll can forget about being in the starting line up if he comes .

    He will bring players like Cazorla,Diego Perotti,Pavon……fast players with excellent vision and technique.

    Only problem is his salaries….he was on 2.5 mill euros a year ago i think….that means at least 3.5 mill if he comes here.

    Definetly my kind of manager to make Newcastle play Wenger’s style of football.

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  • p doff

    Oct 19, 2009 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #18

    The Sunday Sun! it will double deckers to Mars for away games next.
    The club cant afford stottie cake, never mind paella or risotto.

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  • Trent Toon

    Oct 19, 2009 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #19

    Partizan // Oct 19, 2009 at 1:34 PM

    Completely agree, its time for change our managers in recent years have been every average, not only with the style of play but results too. 13th 14th then 18th If we get this guy in he knows many good players something that will really change our boring usual game. I want to good running, fluent passing and long shots. something we never do. Its always just hold up play….

    If ashley is still at the club come then it will be a much smarter move for him. Also he will free up some cash also, rather than moat..

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  • Partizan

    Oct 19, 2009 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #20

    Trent…Either him or Rene Girard from Montpelier

    But i’d prefer Torral cos he’s 11 years younger.

    He’d bring Pennant,Aguilar and Pavon to NUFC for sure,or at least 2 of those.

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  • dave 1961

    Oct 19, 2009 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #21

    theirs only 3 people that want to manage Newcastle 1 Chris Hughton, 2 Joe Kinnear, 3 Alan Shearer, you can forget, the last one hes not a puppet, like the other 2, does the lump of elephants S**T not understand, the crowd are about to turn on Hughton, as hes seen as an extension of Ashley’s arm, we are going around in circles hear under Ashly then a drop then back around again. Ashley right when he says he new nothing about football, he only knows how to cock things up.

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  • dave 1961

    Oct 19, 2009 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #22

    its official Hughton offered the job

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  • chuck

    Oct 19, 2009 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #23

    Ed., if Ashley is willing to sell for eighty mill. now, where on earth do you get the idea the club will be worth two hundred mill. come the summer (even if we gain promotion) that`s just absurd.

    In regard to Toral, no brainer, great resume, but would he want to come ?
    Doubt MA will spend on either Toral or any new faces.
    It`s going to be more loans and hope for the best, as far as promotion is concerned.
    Thats why he did`nt hire Shearer, would cost too much in wages plus he would insist on strengthening the team, ergo another KK situation.
    It`s both cheaper and less hassle to use Hughton.
    Look the guy desperately wants out, it`s cost him a lotta dosh over the last coupla years and he has no intention of putting another dime into the club, but he is not about to give it away to some petty hustler.
    He is stuck with the club and we are stuck with him, unfortunate for both.

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