Jose Enrique Talks About His Five Managers At Newcastle


Jose Enrique has been at Newcastle for three seaosn, but in that time has had five different managers on Tyneside.

Jose Enrique – five different managers at Newcastle

Sam Allardyce, Kevin Keegan, Joe Kinnear, Alan Shearer and his current manager Chris Hughton are the five managers Jose  has served under at the Newcastle club, and they all have different ways of managing says the 23 year-old.

Enrique told the Daily Mail today:

“Allardyce was the one who brought me to the club and gave me the chance to play in England and I’m very grateful to him for that, for taking a chance on me.”

“I didn’t really know Keegan but he seemed like a nice man. The thing was that he didn’t pick me either and I heard that he didn’t want me at the club. That didn’t come from him because he barely ever spoke to me.”

“I only knew Joe for a very short time because of his heart problems. He didn’t really talk much to the players or work with them but he started me.”

“For that I was very grateful. Obviously Shearer is an idol up here but he was in a very difficult position. He had so little time and we were more or less down before he took over. It was an impossible job.”

“It was the first time I had been relegated in my career. I just felt so bad for the whole city and the fans. Afterwards it was strange for us all. There were lots of rumours about us all being sold but that never happened. We all told ourselves that we wanted to stay, be positive and get back in the top flight. And we did.”

They certainly did that last year, and committed themselves to the Newcastle club, and the results have been both surprising and outstanding under new manager Chris Hughton.

And rather surprisingly Jose says the managers he has had, except for Chris Hughton, have never really concentrated on tactics, which they do all the time back in his home country of Spain.

Jose continued:

“All the coaches I’ve had here – with the exception of Chris this year – haven’t really focused on tactics. In Spain you work on tactics all the time because that is what the football is about over there. Everything is a lot more orderly.”

“In England it’s all about being fast and physical. I’ve done very, very little on tactics in my time here.”

“Chris is a fantastic guy, as is Colin Calderwood,’  ‘He was the right person to take over and you can see that from the effect he has had on the team. He works so hard – I think he spends 24 hours a day at the training ground sometimes.”

‘Last year we started going for team meals. It’s quite normal in Spain to do that once a month or so and I’m glad we do it now because it brings you together,  and we have a good chance to talk about football.”

Those are interesting comments from Jose, and quite revealing.   And just for the record, Jose has before said that Chris is the best manager he’s worked under at Newcastle.

We still expect Alan Shearer to manage the club sometime in the future, but not anytime soon, with Chris Hughton doing such a fine job right now.

But it would be good if Alan went out and got the type of experience that Chris Hughton has gained as a coach – there’s nothing like learning your trade before you take over a big club like Newcastle.

Comments welcome.


67 comments so far

  • Captain Beefheart

    Aug 28, 2010 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #1

    ‘We still expect Alan Shearer to manage the club sometime in the future…’

    Why? By “we” do you mean “I”, because unless he gets his ass off the pundits’ sofa he will be no use to anyone. If he has any designs on management he needs to be learning his trade, he clearly doesn’t think he needs to on the face of it.

    Great players do not great managers make (as a rule…)

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  • Swedish striker

    Aug 28, 2010 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #2

    Jose Enrique, pure class. Can´t see the problem getting a decent backup to him though………

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  • rknufc

    Aug 28, 2010 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #3

    any1 know when the CC draw is on??

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  • SupaMag

    Aug 28, 2010 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #4

    “I didn’t really know Keegan but he seemed like a nice man. The thing was that he didn’t pick me either and I heard that he didn’t want me at the club. That didn’t come from him because he barely ever spoke to me.”

    Oh no! Jose didnt didnt properly worship Keegan. That can only put him in bad standing with the King Quit groupies. Jose out! lol

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  • bessi-kosova

    Aug 28, 2010 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #5

    I think Jose will be the best LB this season in premierleague 😉

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  • Toony Montana

    Aug 28, 2010 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #6

    Carling cup draw on SSN in 5 mins, who we gonna get????

    Probably Chelsea away seen as we always go out in the 3rd round!!!

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  • Toony Montana

    Aug 28, 2010 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #7

    Probably Chelsea away seen as we always go out in the 3rd round!!!
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    Suprise suprise!!!!

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  • cynicaltoonfan

    Aug 28, 2010 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #8

    LOL !!!!!!!!!

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  • cynicaltoonfan

    Aug 28, 2010 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #9

    How the hell did you do that !

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  • jimiley

    Aug 28, 2010 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #10

    55 years and counting for a domestic trophy unless Chelsea play the U11s.

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  • AlanJohnson

    Aug 28, 2010 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #11

    Chelski per usual, ah well I guess Cech will have to be practicing his skills of picking the ball out of the net.. 😛

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  • Robby Bobson

    Aug 28, 2010 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #12

    Chelsea doh!!!

    These blokes on gillete soccer satruday are muppets. Ranger was sulking on the wing? erm what, i thought he was the best player on the pitch and gave so much, won everything in the air and put himself about….hence why he was nackered after 70 minutes. What more could he want?!?!!

    also, they said we have the first 11 then not much else after that. Hmmm guthrie, sol campbell, gosling, simpson, s.taylor, ameobi, lovenkrands, tioite, ryan taylor didnt start when we won 6-0 against a team in europe. Hmmm not decent back up no?

    Cud do with two more attacking wise (ben arfa) but come on, seems pretty decent to me.

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  • noir9

    Aug 28, 2010 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #13

    FFS!

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  • Robby Bobson

    Aug 28, 2010 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #14

    Krul

    Simpson S.Taylor Campbell Kadar

    Guthrie Gosling Tiotie R.Taylor

    Lovenkrands Ameobi

    our “second” 11…hmmm lack of depth…and thats excluding ben arfa.

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  • jimiley

    Aug 28, 2010 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #15

    The upside of getting Chelski is that we can concentrate on the league. We were never going to win this cup. At some stage we would draw Man u or the like in the quarters and semis when they play their first teams and out we would go.

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  • Toony Montana

    Aug 28, 2010 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #16

    Looks like I have changed the subject, sorry Ed, Cant believe that Paul Merson tipped us to win 3-1!!!!!

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  • Robby Bobson

    Aug 28, 2010 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #17

    well theres only one word needed about enrique…

    Class.

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  • Toony Montana

    Aug 28, 2010 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #18

    cynicaltoonfan
    How the hell did you do that !
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    Newcastle United + Worst possible scenario = my logic.

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  • noir9

    Aug 28, 2010 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #19

    @12 – If they actually knew what they were talking about they’d be doing something with their knowledge not polishing a chair with their arse, yes they were good footballers but what have they done since apart from snort coke, give their money to bookies & pish the rest up the wall……the time to worry is when they say we have a decent team.

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  • noir9

    Aug 28, 2010 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #20

    Buggar – thats us getting beat at wolves then.

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  • Toony Montana

    Aug 28, 2010 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #21

    what have they done since apart from snort coke
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    Ouch, that must be an expensive habit for Phil Thompson.

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  • Ally

    Aug 28, 2010 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #22

    Toony Montana brilliant mate hahahaha

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 28, 2010 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #23

    I see Nasim Boukhelifa apparently had a medical at newcastle along with ben arfa, cant say i know much about nasim, anyone seen him play?

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  • munch27

    Aug 28, 2010 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #24

    so it’s chelsea but i still say we give the bairns another shot not all of them but most , after all what we got too loose .

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  • xfer

    Aug 28, 2010 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #25

    Again… We always draw up big teams early -_-

    Back on track, we didnt focus on tactics previously?! I’m amazed. You dont win matches without organisation and tactics breaking down teams. Glad CH is seemingly into tactics.

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  • GeordieTartanArmy

    Aug 28, 2010 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #26

    nasim boukelifa is defo signing with ben arfa unless he failed his medical which is unlikely

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  • xfer

    Aug 28, 2010 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #27

    http://www.nufc.co.uk/page/Home/0,,10278,00.html

    BHA signed for us. Official site. Took a picture of HBA and Derek Llambias.

    Roll on!

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  • xfer

    Aug 28, 2010 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #30

    After weeks of negotiations between Newcastle United and Olympique de Marseille, The Magpies have confirmed the signing of French international Hatem Ben Arfa.

    The 23-year-old joins on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent transfer and will wear squad number 37 at St. James’ Park.

    A product of the famous Clairefontaine academy, the attacking midfielder began his career with Lyon in 2004, where he spent four years and represented his country at youth, under-21 and senior level.

    An €11 million move to Marseille followed in 2008 and he scored a stunning goal for his country in their last international against Norway earlier this month – his second goal in eight caps for Les Bleus.

    After signing for United, Ben Arfa said: “It was always my first choice to come here and I’m delighted to be here.

    “I’ve paid real attention to the history of the club and the great players to have played for it, and particularly the supporters and I want to showcase my skills in Newcastle.

    “All I’m waiting for is to show what I can do in front of the public in Newcastle. A lot of my friends in France already know the fans’ reputation. The stadium has an ambience that is unique and I feel very lucky to have his opportunity.”

    His new manager, Chris Hughton said: “Hatem is a player who we have been tracking for a long time, and what is important is that he is not only a young player who should continue to improve, but somebody who already has a great reputation in the game.

    “We think he will add flair to the squad and we’re confident he’ll fit in well with the team that we have put together here. He will, I am sure, prove to be a great addition.

    “He won’t be available to face Wolves at the weekend, but he’ll come into my thinking for the next game at home to Blackpool. He’s someone who will excite the fans here, who of course have always identified with skilful, attacking players.”

    Newcastle United’s Managing Director Derek Llambias commented: “It has taken a lot of hard work behind the scenes to bring in a player of Hatem’s quality, but we really are delighted that he is now here.

    “His signing, along with that of Cheik Tiote, shows our commitment to bringing international class players to St. James’ Park.”

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    Number 37? How flamboyant! =p

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  • GeordieTartanArmy

    Aug 28, 2010 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #31

    GET IN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    xfer looks like your the first to spot it well done mate!

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  • thud and blunder

    Aug 28, 2010 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #32

    mint mint mint!!! weve got a top player in Ben Arfa like!!

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  • GeordieTartanArmy

    Aug 28, 2010 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #33

    Newcastle United’s Managing Director Derek Llambias commented: “It has taken a lot of hard work behind the scenes to bring in a player of Hatem’s quality, but we really are delighted that he is now here.

    “His signing, along with that of Cheik Tiote, shows our commitment to bringing international class players to St. James’ Park.”

    Special comments here

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  • lewisnufc

    Aug 28, 2010 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #34

    weve signed HBA !!!!!!!!

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  • GeordieTartanArmy

    Aug 28, 2010 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #35

    Arfa is a geordie, Arfa is a geordie lalalala, lalalala

    YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSAAA!

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  • xfer

    Aug 28, 2010 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #36

    Yeah GeordieTartanArmy… Cant help if you are a Newcastle fan and being linked with a player like HBA. Top class player, surprised we could sign him for just 5mil. Well done to everyone involved in the deal!

    Indeed, we dont hear much from Llambias do we.

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  • munch27

    Aug 28, 2010 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #37

    happy day survival here we come

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  • GeordieToon89

    Aug 28, 2010 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #38

    i wonder if wer signing nassim dude to help ben arfa settle seens thou both speak french, ano he is a prospect aswell but helps out in more ways than one

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  • Gordo

    Aug 28, 2010 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #39

    squad number 37

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  • GeordieTartanArmy

    Aug 28, 2010 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #40

    Ginola…Robert….HBA

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