Irishmen Kerr And Sheedy In Frame For Assistant Manager

Chris Hughton is still looking for a replacement for his assistant Colin Calderwood, after the Scot left to become manager of Hibernian in Edinburgh.

Brian Kerr – in the frame for Newcastle job

And some news today that fellow Irishman Brian Kerr, who is currently manager of the Faroe Islands, could be in the frame to join Chris at Newcastle.

Brian currently has a contract until the end of the qualifiers for the 2012 European Championships, so it’s hard to know if in those circumstances he could join Newcastle. Some reports say he could do both jobs, but these kinds of joint responsibilities are sometimes hard to make work in real life.

It’s interesting that the roles will be reversed if Kerr  does join Newcastle,  because Hughton previously worked as Kerr’s No 2 when Brian succeeded Mick McCarthy as the Ireland manager in January 2003, and was in the job for 30 months.

There have been recent stories that Mike Ashley would like to promote on of the current coaches working with the Reserves – Newcastle legend Peter Beardsley or Steve Stone, who has been on the bench with Chris since Colin left the club two weeks ago today.

Other potential candidates include Tottenham’s Clive Allen, who Chris played with and coached with at Spurs, and a new name in the frame today is Kevin Sheedy,  Hughton’s  former Ireland team-mate, who is now a coach with the Everton Youth Academy.

We would think the two Irishman are the two major candidates right now, but it still seems that the Newcastle Board would like to promote somebody from within – probably Peter Beardsley.

But we’d like Chris to get someone into the position this week, as long as he can find a suitable candidate of course.

Comments welcome.

32 comments so far

  • Hugh Jorgan

    Nov 1, 2010 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #1

    Here’s a few Sunderland jokes

    Please tell your Mackem mates if they are finding it hard, call 0800 515151

    Sunderland will bounce back from this adversity and become a top 10 club next season – if not they’ll definitely make the play-offs.

    Can’t understand why the Mackems are so gutted, at least they have got Take That to look forward to next year.

    What time is it? Five past Sunderland.


    It’s Halloween Night, BBC1 at 10.25, Mackem Fright Night… or Match of the Day 2 to normal people.

    Sunderland – The Wagner of the Premier League

  • Ed Harrison

    Nov 1, 2010 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #2

    I loved the one from Lee Ryder – what’s the time – five past sunderland. 😀

  • pearceet

    Nov 1, 2010 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #3

    Reports surfacing that the club is NOT for sale.

    I got the info from several sources
    I even beat Sky sports to it!

  • Mr Books

    Nov 1, 2010 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #4


    The bbc and sky were reporting that Ashley had taken the club off the market in October 2009. This co-incided with the appointment of Hughton as manager, which at the time was not generally well received. Also the signing to do an agent a favour was “nacho” Gonzales, not Xisco.

    You have a brilliant carrer ahead of you in journalism.

  • chuck

    Nov 1, 2010 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #5

    Well! surprised ?, not really.
    Not only can Ashley have his expensive toy to enjoy, he can if he hires the right people actually make a profit from the club (yes there are EPL clubs who are actually profitable)
    But decisions have to be made, as to which way he wants to go ?
    Either a mid table side, constantly fighting off relegation , or a side that competes for silverware, which means opening the purse strings.
    If he`s not careful, he might end up with niether, why ?
    Warren Barton, recently revealed on FSN that there`s a game of hardball going on, between CH and Ashley.
    Apparently he (Hughton)has been offered a lowball contract, which he has refused and is looking at a management future away from St. James or a significant improvement in Ashleys offer.
    My personal opinion is, Hughton should be rewarded significantly and given the contract he deserves, following one of the most remarkable management jobs in the history of the game.
    To let Hughton go, would be a disaster, he is the core of this team and could result in the Chaos and breakup of this side, bringing us back to the days of a revolving door of managers and playing staff.
    That`s how much this man matters, give him the contract he deserves.

  • Howay The Lads

    Nov 1, 2010 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #6

    “Warren Barton, recently revealed on FSN that there`s a game of hardball going on, between CH and Ashley.”

    WB makes things up as he goes along. I like him, but he lies constantly!

  • JP...from The Rock

    Nov 1, 2010 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #7

    Chris Hughton deserves a medal and a hugely improved contract to say the least. The guy is earning a hero status in Newcastle and I am one of those fans that admires him. The job he has pulled off so far is second best to Wenger. If he keeps this up I seriously think it’s possible to be challenging a top 6 spot within 3 years. His decisions off field and on- field are impressive and his eye for a bargain is incredible. The great team spirit and tremendous work ethic he has instilled in the club are foundations that no other manager has been able to do since the great Sir Bobby Robson. We have to tie this guy down asap.

    PS. All this contract talk is coming from the fu&&ing media and pisses me off. If we give into all this hype and all the bulls$$t then we’ll let the media win, and we can’t have that as all the media wants to do is cause unrest and insecurity across the club. We are Newcastle UNITED don’t forget it!

    Howay The Lads!!!

  • GeordieGerman

    Nov 1, 2010 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #8

    JP…from The Rock, of course we are Newcastle United. If we were some other club, we wouldn’t get so much crap from the press. We are the club that they love to hate…

    … We must be doing something right.

  • chuck

    Nov 1, 2010 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #9

    Howey the lads
    Why would the man(Warren Barton) want to lie about such a thing.
    You may not believe it but that`s no reason to call him a liar, I mean do you know different or are you basing this on him being in your opinion a consistent liar ?
    Well lets see it will out eventually.

  • Howay The Lads

    Nov 1, 2010 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #10

    chuck, he said Given was practically in talks with Arsenal and then when people came calling he said it wasn’t true and he’d been misunderstood.

    I think that he thinks that because it’s America he won’t get found out, and it can only help his career, especially if it comes true, but he can and will.

    Why would he know anyway?

    Hughton would barely discuss the talks with his family, never mind him and Ashley and co. would probably keep it in-house too

  • Parisian_magpie

    Nov 1, 2010 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #11

    Hello all – Anyone got a ticket spare for the arsenal game away on saturday? I live in london and never get to see my beloeved toon!

  • chuck

    Nov 1, 2010 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #12

    Howey the lads

    yeah sure whatever you say !

    You seem to know a lot about about both Hughton and Barton and what they think and do.

  • pearceet

    Nov 1, 2010 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #13

    If anyone is interested in getting the whole 90 mins, i have it on my comp as a windows media file, anyone interested?

  • Irish Toon

    Nov 1, 2010 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #14

    brian kerr??? please tell me this is a joke

  • GeordieToon89

    Nov 1, 2010 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #15

    Bartons jus tryin t get himself in the papers again he must be runnin out of money.. nd thaz no way sheps would be able to buy back toon unless he had some sheikh billionaire as a backer if he was on him own with a group of his pals ashley wouldnt sell as he has said he would only sell to the right buyers which rules ffs out straight away..anyways he spent to much on so called supertwats who did jack shiite bar pick up 100k per week and left for basically happy with ashleys philosophy get the best youngsters in and spend more time trainin our own and getn our club to run on what it makes trust me in 2 yrs or so we will be back challengin for europe and id like to say champ league but ill keep it real and say europa league

  • ganiyu

    Nov 1, 2010 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #16

    Where do i get a download

  • pearceet

    Nov 1, 2010 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #17

    I have it downloaded on my computer. Any way I could get it to you other than email. Its too big. Or is there something on google mail which let’s you send large video files? Any ideas

  • Toon-Army

    Nov 1, 2010 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #18
  • Gilesy

    Nov 1, 2010 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #20


    you can use a website called to email files up to 2gb for nowt. wouldn’t mind a copy for myself like..

  • ebol

    Nov 2, 2010 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #21

    Come on Irish Toon I think Kerr would be a great catch – particularly for helping to develop the youth coming through the club. He may not have been perfect as Ireland manager but it was his first senior job, we all make mistakes and I think he would do a great job as our assistant.

  • CT

    Nov 2, 2010 at 12:49 AM

    Comment #22

    Irish connections is what Hoots is looking for (inside info) put your money on Niall Quinn!! LOL. HWTL!

  • ganiyu

    Nov 2, 2010 at 1:15 AM

    Comment #23

    Was hoot a footballer?

  • chuck

    Nov 2, 2010 at 4:46 AM

    Comment #24

    Brian Kerr managed the ROI youth team a number of years ago, prior to his managing the Irish team.
    He was very successful (think it was the U16`s.)
    and either won or was runner up in whatever tournament they were in (European or worldwide ?)
    Unfortunate for him he was`nt quite so successful as manager of the senior side, but perhaps he could do a good job with the youth squad.

  • bobby_ollox

    Nov 2, 2010 at 6:59 AM

    Comment #25

    Guys – unfortunately not quite good enough to run a team playing 10 matches a year in the international equivalent of the championship ( with respect) , is nowhere near good enough to be even assistant at a premiership club.

    Lee Clark – what a coup that would be.

  • okkurtgarvilt

    Nov 2, 2010 at 7:26 AM

    Comment #26

    I am from the Faroe Islands and as bad as our national team is, they certainly play a lot better football under Kerr than they did under previous managers. He also has the responsibility to develop faroese national football as a whole, from the youngest team up to the senior team. He is a great coach and I think he would help this club a lot…well, we’ll just have to wait and see what Hughton is going to do 🙂

  • pearceet

    Nov 2, 2010 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #27

    Gilesy // Nov 1, 2010 at 11:51 PM

    Whats your email address?
    or send it to

  • lesh

    Nov 2, 2010 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #28

    Surely the appointment of a No 2 to Hughton is dependent on sorting out a new contract with him?

    As with Chris H, Ashley won’t want to be left with a massive liability were CH and/ or his no. 2 be deemed surplus t requirements.

    However, Ashley really must come into the real world of Football today and recognise that he’s got a real gem in Hughton. He must offer him a contract that’ll give all the degree of stability that any prosepctive no.2 would be looking for.

    Please Mr Ashley, come into the real world where salaries are a damn site higher than those paid to manage a sportswear shop!

  • lesh

    Nov 2, 2010 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #29

    Now Shola’s voiced support for Hughton but there may be a down-side to this and other well-intentioned expressions of good sense.

    Could there be a risk of Ashley not wanting to be seen to be responding from external pressures by giving Hughton the recognition he deserves? This really must be decision that does not allow the world at large to think he’s caved in to opinion and the only way he can ensure that is to act very very quickly!

    Will he though, that is the question.

  • Rowan Milsted

    Nov 2, 2010 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #30

    Parisian_magpie (post 11) – I live in Dorset- a rural county in the South West of England- and I don’t drive- think how often I get to go up to St. James’s- bloody never! I feel your pain mate, but sorry, can’t help you with as ticket.

    Beardo is a legend and would be a good appointment but I feel he’s doing such a great job with th reserves that he would be sadly missed there.

    I’ve been on previously saying that we shouldn’t have to throw money at CH – I’ve also been on stating my utmost support and respect for him. Is his current contract really that bad? I mean, yes, by all means make an improved offer, but we are a cash-strapped club at the mo… I don’t know exactly how much more money he’s looking for… but it would be an absolute disaster if we lost him, that much I know. What do y’all think?

  • Monument Mal

    Nov 2, 2010 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #31

    Has anyone noticed that the postcode for the Stadium of Shite is SR5 SU1…………You couldn’t make it up!!!!

  • Rowan Milsted

    Nov 2, 2010 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #32

    Haha, you’re joking surely!


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