Former Newcastle Great Gary Speed Could Be New Blades’ Boss


It looks like Gary Speed, who played at Newcastle United from 1998 until 2004, could be set to be appointed as Sheffield United’s new boss.

Gary Speed – to be appointed new Blades boss?

Speed was the assistant to Kevin Blackwell, who left the club by mutual agreement on Saturday,  after Sheffield’s disappointing 3-0 defeat by QPR at Bramall Lane, when all three goals were scored in the first 24 minutes.

Speed is said to have some reservations about the transfer money avail;able to spend, but is reported to be meeting with Blades’ chairman Kevin McCabe and chief executive Trevor Birch in Spain.

Of course Gary  Speed, after a tremendous playing career in which he played a total of  831 games with 133 goals, seems top material for a manager, having the leadership and know-how to become very successful.

In fact, only a few weeks ago the Sheffield club refused to let Gary interview for the job at Swansea. such was their high opinion of him.

Nothing has been confirmed yet,  but if he does get the job, we’ll follow his progress, just as we are with former Newcastle player and local lad – Lee Clark – who has done more than a decent job of   managing Hudderfield Town so far.

Sheffield United have just one point from their first two games, but there’s plenty of time to improve that position and still 15 days left in the transfer window to wheel and deal for new players.

Comments welcome.


22 comments so far

  • Thump

    Aug 16, 2010 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #1

    It would be a great start for the lad. Hope he gets it and does well!

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  • Mags

    Aug 16, 2010 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #2

    Good luck Speedy, hope you get the job.

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  • lewman

    Aug 16, 2010 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #3

    you couldnt imagine a more experienced person for a rookie manager as the yanks would say.

    good luck

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  • Thump

    Aug 16, 2010 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #4

    Van der Sar, O’Shea, Vidic Evans, Evra, Valencia, Fletcher, SCholes, Nani, Rooney and Berbatov

    Hapoer, Perch, Williamson, Colo, Enrique, Routledge, Smith, Barton, Jonas, Nolan, Carroll

    We might have problems…

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  • Oba

    Aug 16, 2010 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #5

    Weak links – Perch, Williamson, Routledge, Smith

    Uh-oh. They have none, although I fancy Jonas up against O’Shea.

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  • MacToon

    Aug 16, 2010 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #6

    Thump, one persom you forgot, Barton, he could run mf if he’s on his game. Hopefully Jonas is up to speed now (fitness wise) as he looked out of sorts against Rangers.

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  • Thump

    Aug 16, 2010 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #7

    I’m more worried about Nani vs. Perch!

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  • Thump

    Aug 16, 2010 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #8

    Honestly MT I’m more concerned about Smudge. If he gets his tackling a bit late, we’re down to 10 men and that’s just nailing ourselves to the cross. I’d much sooner see Guthrie in the centre, but he’s not much of a holding MF.

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  • chappywill

    Aug 16, 2010 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #9

    where is Guthrie?

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  • Thump

    Aug 16, 2010 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #10

    Think he’s on the bench, chappy. I didn’t get a chance to type up the subs

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  • Oba

    Aug 16, 2010 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #11

    I think that Hughton is just going for raw strength, guts and determination in the midfield today.

    Hopefully Nolan and link up with Carroll when we do have possession though, I hope he isn’t too deep. They’re only playing a 2 man central midfielder so he shouldn’t have to be.

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  • Thump

    Aug 16, 2010 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #12

    The biggest problem (that we saw against Rangers) is that nobody was getting into the box.

    Let’s hope that changes today.

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  • Thump

    Aug 16, 2010 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #13

    “I’m starting with Wayne and I don’t know how long he’ll last”

    Cheers, Fergie! 😀

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  • MacToon

    Aug 16, 2010 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #14

    smith isn’t playing? plz say no

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  • Thump

    Aug 16, 2010 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #15

    “No he isn’t playing” or “no he is playing”?

    Because it’s the latter, I’m afraid.

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  • a.l 9

    Aug 16, 2010 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #16

    Smith, along with Ameobi get far too much stick than they deserve.

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  • Thump

    Aug 16, 2010 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #17

    Huh, Guthrie isn’t on the bench in favour of Vuckic… I support it.

    Krul, Xisco, R. Taylor, Shola, Vuckic, Ranger, Tavernier

    For Man U:

    Kuzcjsdfashfjsdfkhsdfsd, da Silva, Smalling, Carrick, Giggs, Macheda, Hernandez

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  • Thump

    Aug 16, 2010 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #18

    @a.l 9 (16): I agree with you, but I just can’t help but feel like Smith is going to get in a dodgy tackle and shoot us all in the foot.

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  • MacToon

    Aug 16, 2010 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #19

    Smith, along with Ameobi get far too much stick than they deserve.

    Thanks for the laugh. (I don’t mind Strolla though)

    Why has CH gone for Smith, like setting the dogs onto them fgs.

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  • chappywill

    Aug 16, 2010 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #20

    Guthrie must have a knock, so i doubt Smith would of started had he been availible, i hope Vuckic gets his chance.

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  • Thump

    Aug 16, 2010 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #21

    New article lads, get moving!

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  • a.l 9

    Aug 16, 2010 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #22

    Yeah your right, he is allways a liability, hopefully the referee is lenient today!

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