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 – 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.