Some Top Managers Want Newcastle Job


If Newcastle United do get promoted back to the Premier League this season, there are some top managers, currently out of a job, who would just love to manage Newcastle United.

Sven Goran Eriksson – would love Newcastle job

Two top managers currently on the sidelines are Mark Hughes and Sven Eriksson.

Mark was on the list to replace Sam Allardyce, when Kevin Keegan eventually came back to the club in January, 2008,, after Harry Redknapp turned it down at the last moment.

And we all know how much Eriksson loves it at Newcastle, because he even switched some England World Cup games to St. James’ Park so England would have the advantage of experiencing the Geordie crowd.

And he will have had an earful from former Newcastle manager Bobby Robson, about just how great the Newcastle club is.

Bobby mentored Sven when he managed Ipswich, and Sven used to turn up to watch how the great man trained his East Anglia team, and he talked to him more recently when Sven was England manager and Bobby was managing the famous Tyneside club to great success.

Sven always loved the atmosphere at Newcastle and often waxed lyrical about it, and he would walk to Newcastle to get the job!

There is a piece in the People today from Alan Oliver that owner Mike Ashley will keep faith in current manager Chris Hughton for his terrific work this season, when he has simply transformed the Newcastle club.

Chris is also willing to work within the financial constraints Mike has put on the club, and owner Ashley is adamant he wants to follow the Arsenal model of bringing in top young players.

Mark Hughes turned down the Hull City job last week, but he wouldn’t turn down Newcastle United if ever offered the job.

Many people in football will be watching Newcastle, not only because we are at the top of the Championship, but the average home crowd is close to 43,000 and is the 4th best in England.

And as one of the TV commentators said yesterday, when there was a shot of the Geordie crowd at Ashton Gate, they never lost their belief.

That proverbial source close to Mike Ashley told People Sport:

“Chris Hughton is under contract until the end of next season and Mike sees no reason to change anything.”

“In fact, the club hierarchy don’t see the need to change much at all. Chris has earned the right to be managing the club in the Premier League.”

“Mike wants to follow the Arsene Wenger model of trying to find the best young players on the continent and bringing them through the academy into the first team.”

We think that is only right and proper, and we have to think that Chris could steady the club in the Premier League.

And Mike will show some loyalty to the man who has saved his skin on Tyneside, and saved him a bucketful of money, let’s at least be clear about that.

Whether Chris can then take the club forward into Europe and things more grand, is still an open question, but he’s surprised most of us this season, that’s for sure.

Just to gauge the Newcastle fans’ mood, please vote in our new poll on our home page,  whether you want Chris as the manager of the Newcastle club, for next season.

Comments welcome.


35 comments so far

  • Marty-Toon

    Mar 21, 2010 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #1

    Top Managers!!!!
    You having a laugh ED?
    SVEN can only be any sort of success if you can throw him 100 million or so.
    He has often spent huge money on rubbish,he is just a swedish SOUNESS

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  • Charlietoon

    Mar 21, 2010 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #2

    I’d like to see Houghton given a chance in the premier league. He is building his team and if we get another manager when we get back up, they will want to build their team, mostly though buying and selling players. I like the lads we have now and want to see them prosper. If we dont do you think its the manager or the fact we have not spent more than 2 mill on a player in a year

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Mar 21, 2010 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #3

    i give hughton and calderwood my 100% backing, my fear is though that if claderwood went, chris wouldnt be as clued up in game situations.

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  • Marty-Toon

    Mar 21, 2010 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #4

    Thought Evander Sno played well against us last night.
    Our boys couldn`t get near him.
    He was rubbish for Celtic but would he be worth a punt?

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  • dougnufc

    Mar 21, 2010 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #5

    As much as I feel that Hughton may not be good enough for the Premier League yet, I would still love him to stay.

    People may say that he is MA’s puppet, I would prefer to have Hughton who an average manager that we all know that he will well with MA, than have another “top” manager to work with MA…and then walk out on us again, which will then lead to the club tumbling down again.

    Hughton did well for us this season, so lets just forget about getting top class managers and just stick with him for now, and hopefully in the long run. 🙂

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  • tdt

    Mar 21, 2010 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #6

    CH can be a top manager, remember he’s not even a year into his managerial career.

    Where were Ferguson, Capello and the Great Sir Bobby after 9 months of their managerial careers? Probably not top or the league and unbeaten at home all season after being relegated.

    The point is: how can we judge how good CH is after 3/4 of a season which has been far from the normal working conditions?

    CH is learning every game we play, which is more than can be said for some managers we’ve had in the last 6 years. Give him a chance, I believe he can be great.

    Once he learns how to get us winning away from home, then we’ll be laughing 🙂

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  • Tel

    Mar 21, 2010 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #7

    I am afraid that Hughton may not have the tactical know how to cope against premiership competition. many of his substitutions this season have been either to late to make an impact or just plain baffling. Having said that he has got us where we are and deserves a crack at the prem (if and when we get there). I am sure after a few months we will be able to gauge whether we can cope. And also would any other top manager be any better under the financial constraints imposed by Ashley, which incidentally more and more clubs will be adopting as policy. I think its time to level the playing field and make sure all clubs operate within their means, for instance a percentage figure of turnover set down by the fa to be spent on salaries.

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  • jimay

    Mar 21, 2010 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #8

    Forget about Sven and stick with Chris! Sven is only in for the money. I am a swedish fan and I have followed Svens work the past years and I must say he has done some great work but also some shitty ones. He did great work at Lazio but then left and the club had a financial meltdown. He took you guys to three quarter-finals in the world cup and euru cup which I must say is great result with the english team. I know you don’t agree with me on that but that is another question. When given the chance of managing the swedish team he turned it down to stay with Notts County? Is he for real? Well, since he is only in it for the money, he is!

    I say we shoudl stick with Chris who have steadied the ship and let him do his job and bring in younger players and hopefully he can keep us in the PL which i think will be the most important next season. Then we can build from there.

    Even if he is MA’s puppet which someone spoke about then let him be. If they can be a good team I would rather have them leading us then some other sueing us for not being able to work in his own ways and making the club look as a fool!

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  • nightfa11

    Mar 21, 2010 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #9

    hughton did well..but he doesnt fit into ashley’s model.. he’s another old school manager who’s too afraid to give youngsters a chance..

    i think he deserves a chance..but will need to make some changes..

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  • Newutd

    Mar 21, 2010 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #10

    Sven-Gøran?? Give me a break. Ok, so he’s managed a couple of good teams, but how bad did he manage them… I would go mental if we got him. Just as rubbish as Souness & co.

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  • tobes

    Mar 21, 2010 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #11

    Stick with CH. Not a fan of Sven at all. Hughes is good and was mistreated at Man City but I think Hugton is the man for the job. He deserves a shot.

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  • toongloom

    Mar 21, 2010 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #12

    sven, great manager? the man just goes where the highest pay package is, no thanks!! Marks hughes is not a bad option though to look at, i think houghton deserves his chance because he has done really well this season. But personally i jst dont think he will make it in the premiership, alhtough wish him all the best.

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  • jackdnufc

    Mar 21, 2010 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #13

    Chris definitely deserves a crack of the whip in the premiership. If he is to go, however, due to under performance or whatever the scenario may be (I somehow doubt Ashley will repeat his catastrophe of last season), then there is one manager for he job. He wants to manage in England again, he’s done it all before , and he is world class… get Jose Mourinho in!!

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  • catchy in norway

    Mar 21, 2010 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #14

    i think CH is a good coach,, i really do,, the guys there like him,,, but its taken him 6month plus to play attacking football,,,
    and sorry with the players we had left,, we should have scored more than we have ,,

    take the last few weeks out of it,, all he did was try and win 1 nil,, and in this league he should have gone for more convincing wins,,

    sorry, but look at the prem,, man u, che , ars, have a lot of teams beat before they even play them,, we should be the same as them in this league,, but i feel we give teams to much respect,

    he should stay at the club, but not as manager,,

    BEST WILL NEVER BE A GOOD PLAYER AT NEWCASTLE,, II HAVE NOT SEEN ONE THING FROM HIM YET TO SAY HE GOT SOMTHING WE CAN WORK WITH,, BAD FIRST TOUCH, DONT REALLY CLOSE DOWN,,,

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  • catchy in norway

    Mar 21, 2010 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #15

    LEE CLARK

    ROBERTO Di Matteo

    Paulo Sousa

    FORGET HUGHES AND SVEN

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  • geoff777

    Mar 21, 2010 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #16

    Ashley needs to decide if Hughton is the man to be in charge for the next 4-5 seasons.

    If he does he needs to back Hughton even if we’re near the bottom next season.

    Time to stop panicking and sacking our managers.

    Sven – moneygrabber.
    Hughes – would he leave us for MUFC?

    Can’t think of anyone to replace CH who wouldn’t expect millions in a transfer kitty.

    We can’t sack a man who’s done nothing wrong. (Except KK .. shame on you Ashley, I’ll always hate you for that)

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  • kkma

    Mar 21, 2010 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #17

    I dont agree with you, Ed. Sven is really a so so manager. Frankly, we have to give CH an opportunity if we do get promoted at the end. However, I think CH has to use different tactics if we want to get results in PL. High and long balls no longer work in PL.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 21, 2010 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #18

    City never looked a top 4 team under Hughes. They do now with Mancini.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 21, 2010 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #19

    catchy in Norway – yes good realistic choices who all play excellent football.

    My only problem with Hughton is the lack of opportunites he gives to people like Ranger who have done well when given the chance and the over reliance on the big ball to carroll, but that said, he does deserve a chance.

    I see allardyce is bleating on again saying he should still be our manager.

    People like Allardyce and Megson inhabit this grey world of negative, spoiling, defensive, long ball, kicking people mentality and wonder why it’s a turn off !

    Every premiership football team shoul have technically proficient players a la Wigan, otherwise why call themselves footballers !

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  • catchy in norway

    Mar 21, 2010 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #20

    thank you, 🙂

    and they wont cost a lot to,,

    but he wont (cashley)

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  • nightfa11

    Mar 21, 2010 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #21

    what happened to my comment?

    as i was saying if ashley’s serious with this “aresnal model” than i can think of only one manager – ROEDER. he’s done it before..is not a pussy & will play youngsters not best nam on the paper…knows the clobe..loves the club…

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  • catchy in norway

    Mar 21, 2010 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #22

    roeder is a good shout… good record,, but will be better than roeder,,

    no problems with CH ,, but he is a coach not a manager

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  • Fozzy

    Mar 21, 2010 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #23

    Marty-toon, Sno was shite, he constantly gace the ball back to us with poor passes.

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  • Welsh Magpie

    Mar 21, 2010 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #24

    Give Hughton and Calderwood a chance, it’s about time Newcastle weren’t so hyped up in the media with top managers. Just let the management team get on with the terrific job their doing, and see where they take us. We’ve been down the “top managers” route before and it didn’t really work, did it?

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  • marlonisourking

    Mar 21, 2010 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #25

    Screw the big name managers, we’ve just got rid of our overpriced big-name-small-return players, we don’t want to make the same mistake with managers.

    Chris has done a cracking job with the team this season and he deserves his chance in the Premiership- time will tell if he can cope. He was always there to deputise last season and I for one don’t think he did too badly. This year he’ll have formed strong bonds with the team, the lads seem to like and respect him, and if he can command their respect then he’s up to the job IMO.

    Ultimately one of the reasons contributing to our relegation was not keeping a manager long enough to let them take effect, let’s show a bit of faith and see what he can do.

    There’s always going to be big name managers available- the revolving door that is football management pretty much guarantees that much. Should we need one, I’m sure the right man will become available.

    But for now, let’s get fully behind the lads in the here and now and not just assume that Hughton and his boys won’t be able to hack the demands of the EPL. It looks to me like the club is finally being run like a football club instead of a business, if the structure’s right off the field, that can only be good for the team.

    Howay the lads.

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  • chuck

    Mar 21, 2010 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #26

    Gotta laugh at the armchair coaches who have the nerve to criticise a man who has been in the game all his life, as player, coach and manager.
    Having worked with some of the best managers around.
    So stop embarrassing yourselves , please!
    As for those who seeing we are about to achieve promotion and of course aware of the attendance figures here , are now willing to accept a job considered a poisoned chalice not too long ago.
    Well screw them, we have a guy in charge who has gone through tough times with no money and has an not that great a team playing well, to-gether and on the way to the PL.
    In which case he deserves at least a season in charge in the PL, he has earned that right.

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  • Tom Mo.

    Mar 21, 2010 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #27

    Hughton has a free year as far as im concerned next year

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  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 21, 2010 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #28

    Chuck we are all armchair coaches, you included my friend.

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  • DJG

    Mar 21, 2010 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #29

    Neither of those two will do any better than Hughton. We will be stuck with Hughton because he is cheap and he is Ashley’s yes man. Its a shame we now have a youth system and a coach that won’t play anybody without a buspass.

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  • Bucks mag

    Mar 21, 2010 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #30

    I think Sven is a good manager, I wanted him rather than Allardyce way back when.
    I really hope Hughton can do it for us in the Premier League, it would be great to have a manager with potential with us, but I can still can’t shake the feeling he won’t be able to cut it.
    Hughes would be good for me – did an excellent job on a shoestring at Blackburn and plays attacking football.

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  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Mar 21, 2010 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #31

    We have got to give the Gaffer some credit here boys..He has brought us back from the graveyard to being a few matches away from being back in the premier league where we belong. He has done a fine job tacticly, as well handling the ego’s in the clubhouse. Plus let’s be honest lads he has brought in some good talent on a junkies budget to push us to the top. Wayne Routledge is a real good winger. Loads of talent and he is still young. Mike williamson has played extremely well for tayls since he has been out. Even fitz hall has come on to help the back line. Just about everybody he brought in has helped us and showed talent. Only question is Best but even he has come on some late and i think eventually the young irishman will be a tyneside favorite. He was robbed of a winner by a top class save from bristol’s keeper. So all in all the Gaffer deserves the chance in the premier league and from the fans and i hope he succeeds. Come on toon army lets push the lads down the stretch to get us back up with a trophy to boot…

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Mar 21, 2010 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #32

    I think Hughton is a good manager and does deserve a chance, but if ge mucks it up, dont sack him or the very worst make him a coach, pick a manager stick by them.

    Injuries have always been our downfall as when ever someone crucial got injured we didn’t have the cover (in seniors or indeed youngsters) to play.

    I beleive Hughton knows what he’s doing and is aware of the top quality youngsters we have here, however we all know what his number 1 priority is: PROMOTION, i don’t think anyone would risk youngsters in this league unless you had a long-term plan or very fortunate circumstances.

    We’ve seen virtually the only time youngsters played is when we have no sufficent cover, and tbh i would do exactly the same.

    In the Prem however he has nothing to lose and therefore has a perfect oppurtunity

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  • ende

    Mar 21, 2010 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #33

    It’s painfully obvious what we have to do.

    Arsenal has Arsene. Man Citiy has Mancini.

    We need a manager who’s name sounds a little like Newcastle.

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  • Captain Beefheart

    Mar 22, 2010 at 7:34 AM

    Comment #34

    Scarcely a day goes by without Ed having a pop at Chris Hughton. If it’s not being damned by faint praise, it’s the cynical sideswipe (…he’s done a good job BUT no prem experience….*). Clearly nobody was listening, Ed, so here we have idiotic tabloid style fictions instead to inject some variety and pull in the punters (and it worked..).

    What Ed means to say is “as much as I wanted CH to fail, the miserable SOAB has succeeded; but since we aren’t promoted yet I’ll take advantage of every hiccup to launch an unwarranted attack.”

    With supporters like this is it any wonder we freeze on the big occasions? Drivel, Ed, utter caustic drivel… CH is THE MAN, get used to it and get behind him!!

    * We lost Arthur Cox for the same reason in the 80s after he pulled the club back together after the depressing McGarry era and got us promoted – then got sacked for his efforts; and from that moment we were heading back to Div 2 after a succession of disinterested and ineffective ‘experienced’ managers. Jackie ‘gone fishing’ Charlton being but one, and Willie ‘no previous experience at all’ McFaul being another.

    Is this club doomed to repeat the same mistakes, or is it (and its ‘supporters’) just pathologically stupid?

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  • marshy

    Mar 22, 2010 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #35

    don’t forget CH has had a chance in the PREM and if I remember correctly he didn’t do very well,as for hughes for me he is no top manager.he has no top experience ,something we have never gone in for.

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