Is Martin O’Neill Ready To Join Newcastle?


When we look at how Newcastle have delayed offering Hughton a new contract,  and have today jumped in and sacked him now – before he can make amends against Liverpool on Saturday – we have to think the club has already lined up a replacement.

Martin O’Neill – is this the new Newcastle manager?

And when you look at the managers out of work right now, two immediately come to mind in Martin O’Neill and Alan Curbishley, and since both were out of work in August, it figures that’s one big reason Mike Ashley delayed  offering Chris  a new contract for so long.

We have to think that Martin O’Neill could become a big favorite to join the club, and we expect an announcement of Newcastle’s new manager within 24 hours at most.

As Newcastle fans will remember we tried to get Martin to join the club in February of 2006, when Glenn Roeder was caretaker manager, but Martin refused to come to Tyneside.

Mike Ashley surely wouldn’t have sacked Chris Hughton and Paul Barron without having somebody lined up to replace them almost immediately – and it now makes sense why no Assistant manager was signed once Colin Calderwood left the club 7 weeks ago today.

We said this morning there would be no Assistant manager signed until Chris Hughton’s position on Tyneside was clarified, and at least we got that one right.

And when we reported that William Hill had closed all betting on Hughton being sacked, they must have known what was happening indie the club – somehow.

We suspect Mike wanted to appoint a good proven and experienced manager who happened to be available early in the season, and probably had itchy feet as Chris started so well this season, until 5 games ago.

Freddy Shepherd may have left Newcastle, but that hasn’t stopped Mike Ashley getting rid of his 5th manager on Tyneside – Sam Allardyce, Kevin Keegan, Joe Kinnear, Alan Shearer and Chris Hughton have all been full time managers of Newcastle since Ashley bought the club in the summer of 2007.

And this will be a  total and complete shock to the Newcastle players, and we have no idea what will now happen to team spirit at the club, which of course was pathetic in our relegation season.

But one cause of the dismissal has to be that they just didn’t turn up for the game yesterday and were completely hopeless – they let their manager down badly, and he has paid for that with his job today.

There’s something wrong with that somehow.

Comments welcome.



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72 comments so far

  • Penalty-Spot

    Dec 6, 2010 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #1

    Good grief Ed, I haven’t gotten over the sacking yet…

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  • jesus was a geordie

    Dec 6, 2010 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #2

    I hope not…He spat out his dummy at Villa and all their fans are happy he’s gone due to terrible football!!!

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  • Lew Davies

    Dec 6, 2010 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #3

    Nooooooooo!

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Dec 6, 2010 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #4

    i expect Beardsly will take charge until a replacement is found.

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  • MarkO

    Dec 6, 2010 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #5

    NO NO don’t want him or Pardew.

    Mike Ashley is a disgrace why is he at our club if he just wants to ruin it

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  • Penalty-Spot

    Dec 6, 2010 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #6

    He’d be better than Joe Kinnear, neither of them anywhere near Houghton.

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  • Hugo_Viana

    Dec 6, 2010 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #7

    How about hugo viana?

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  • tjshawsey

    Dec 6, 2010 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #8

    Well hughton is gone, and there is no one of good enough standard to take over and do a better job. Hughton knew all the players and had indepth knowledge of them, whereas this new manager will take at least until the summer to be able to know the capabilities of his squad! And at least 3+ years until he gets the squad he wants.

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  • Lew Davies

    Dec 6, 2010 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #9

    I’m holding on o the theory that MA has sold up.
    Please let this be the only reasonable explaination.

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  • alkinou

    Dec 6, 2010 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #10

    Let’s face it, in the situation MA has put us in, we couldn’t do much better that O’Neill.
    Hughton will be bitterly missed :'(

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  • Penalty-Spot

    Dec 6, 2010 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #11

    Are we, the fans actually going to do more in protest than just winge on here…it’ll be interesting to see. I can’t get to the games to voice my anger but many can…

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  • RedMissionBells

    Dec 6, 2010 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #12

    This is a defining moment as a Newcastle fan for me.
    If the next managr that is appointed is average, I will stop supporting Newcastle United.

    I cannot support a club that is so ungrateful.

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  • alex84

    Dec 6, 2010 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #13

    cant see ben arfa wanting to come back – great there goes a great manager and a great player!

    whats the bets Carroll will be sold???

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  • Thump

    Dec 6, 2010 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #14

    I’m absolutely f***ing foaming about this. Chris Hughton is a man who stuck with us through thick and thin, stood by us, lifted us out of the Championship, has taken us to 11th in the EPL (note: the seasons expectations for everybody was survival) and now because of a bad run of form he’s been sacked? What kind of new idiocy is this?

    Either something has happened behind closed doors or something has happened because this is an absolute farce if it is at face value.

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  • slazberger

    Dec 6, 2010 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #15

    i like o’neill but most fans of previous clubs say he plays negative football, and i can’t see ashley giving in to his transfer demands. the january transfer window just around the corner leaves any decent mangers holding all the cards in this situation so it all depends on how ambitious ashley is.

    someones just give a shout out for ray wilkins on ssn. what do you lot think?

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  • SuperShearer

    Dec 6, 2010 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #16

    William Hill have suspended betting on Pardew being the next Newcastle Manager, that is according to Sky Sports on Twitter. Gutted to lose CH.

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  • lewisnufc

    Dec 6, 2010 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #17

    get in martin jol! good manager, good experience. Was interested in fulham and wants another crack at the premier league!!

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  • cartoonie

    Dec 6, 2010 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #18

    O’neill has always wanted to come and only didnt come back in 2006 coz he knew how corrupt the club was. Would be the best person to take the job for me but would be very suprised if he did, coz he would want big money like at villa and as we all know ashley has promised that before!

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 6, 2010 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #19

    O’Neill is a miserable so and so with a horrible long ball game. His CV is the same as Souness and Strachan and that says it all. He spat the dummy after Learner gave him 100M in 3 years, what’s he going to do on Ashley’s budget?

    As I said Villa have done well getting Houllier and they’e playing good football and blooding their youngsters.

    But maybe, just maybe we have the man we need right under our noses. step forward beardo. No fanfare like shearer or KK, but the quiet little man could just be the man.

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  • G

    Dec 6, 2010 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #20

    No doubt we will wait until after the transfer window has closed to apoint anybody, and no doubt it will be another has been or never have been ala jfk. Just when I was begining to think MA may have learned something, I am proven spectacularly wrong. Incidentaly, is there any truth that the Gallowgate fans shown on MA’s tatmongering shop advert are suing MA over lack of permissions? Please let it be true.

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  • Panzermeyer

    Dec 6, 2010 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #21

    Can’t believe the fat idiot has done it again.
    definate relegation now i’d say. And we won’t be bouncing back this time.

    O’Neil is crap and his football is unwatchable.

    Cashley, you are a f**king mess, I hate your stinking fat guts

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 6, 2010 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #22

    Lewis

    Jol would be a great shout.

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  • G

    Dec 6, 2010 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #23

    @RH. I doubt Peter Beardsley has the brain to make it as a football manager, much as I would like it to happen. Unfortunately I have met the man, and if you don’t remind him to breathe every now and again he would turn blue and suffocate.

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  • hitman

    Dec 6, 2010 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #24

    no way we will get oneil he walked on villa because the owner wouldnt give him funds..

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  • Edd Case

    Dec 6, 2010 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #25

    I think this is a really silly decision at this time of the season…

    BUT…

    CH for me has been very suspect tactically and with who he’s picked for starting 11’s.

    A more experienced manager who isn’t worried by players may well be a good thing.
    Someone with the balls to pick Vuckic, Ranger, LuaLua and Kadar more often perhaps?
    I’ve been fed up of watching Shola for years, yet he’s still there, week in week out, still looking as sh!te as always.

    I wont bang on about the starting 11 as it’s a bit unfair to CH in some ways as he’s hardler been backed by Fat boy, who has to be the tightest billionaire ever. What would another £20million in the transfer kitty have done to his personal fortune, eff all.

    This is yet again, another dark day and worrying time for us all.
    Who the hell in their right mind would come here now?

    I’d personally love Frank Rijkaard but would he? I seriously doubt it. Would Fat boy pay his wage demands and tranfer kit demands, I seriously doubt that too.

    Nope, instead I believe we are destined for someone as equally dreadfull as Pardew or Curbishly.

    Ronald Koeman is also someone I’d love to see here but again…I’m just dreaming…

    Ashley, you MUST leave us for goodness sake.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 6, 2010 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #26

    G

    Sorry I had no idea !!!! Did make me laugh though.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 6, 2010 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #27

    Rikjeard it is then !!!

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  • Sinner

    Dec 6, 2010 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #28

    Anyone willing to take up place would wish to have money to spend coming January..-.-

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  • smithsontoon

    Dec 6, 2010 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #29

    why would Martin join us now? I honestly fealt pride again in wearing my toon shirt. I would be glad to shout and scream i was a newcastle fan, but now, once again, our club has been embarressed and let down by that southern twat! I just prey Hughton reads all these comments in his support and realises he is a hero!

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  • Whitecap

    Dec 6, 2010 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #30

    The players are upset. The press is making a mockery of the decision. Right now, I could care less who the next manager is if Ashley is still the idiot calling the shots.

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  • expatgeordie

    Dec 6, 2010 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #31

    RedMissionBells You are obviously not a real Geordie. Supporting Newcastle United is not something that you can switch on or off a reall Geordie will always support them no matter who owns them or what league they play in. It is not a matter of choosing them when you are born it’s ingrained in to your DNA. We can & will moan about bad decisions like this one but there is one overiding thing if your a Real Geordie New castle United is in your blood you don’t have a choice. Shepherd getting rid of Sir Bobby was a lopt worse than what has happened today & I can remember owners like Lord “pirate” Westwood. I’ll be a Geordie and therefore a Toon supporter until I die I don’t & never had a choice to do anything else having bee born in Walker.

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  • Edd Case

    Dec 6, 2010 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #32

    Maradona is 80/1…

    I wonder…

    Messi to Toon?

    LOLOLOLOLOL

    Jonas might start to play better though.

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  • smithsontoon

    Dec 6, 2010 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #33

    i agree with expatgeordie…. Redmissionbells, i know its hard to stand by them at a time like this, but its not like we should abandon our beloved club, becasue after all we are still newcastle united, Officially Mike Ashley owns newcastle united, but he in no way is a representation of newcastle. You cant abandon your club now! we are geordies, and the reason we are so strong is because we can easily get through stuff like this!.. anyways i hear Mourihnio has just booked a ticket to newcastle airport 😉

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  • danf98

    Dec 6, 2010 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #34

    boycott game saturday as its live on tv. f**k you MA

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  • Toon XI

    Dec 6, 2010 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #35

    Maybe MA has awaken from his great slumber to realize he must spend and invest to save the club from relegation and replacing CH is the first step in the process. After hiring the new gaffer, he will provide millions in transfer money for a rebuild of squad in January.

    Yeah that’s it. That’s the ticket…

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  • Ciaran Thomas

    Dec 6, 2010 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #36

    Alan Shearer anyone ?

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  • Hugo_Viana

    Dec 6, 2010 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #38

    hugo viana anyone?

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  • Thump

    Dec 6, 2010 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #39

    Rumours are that Beardo is ready to step up with Steve Stone as his assistant. Find it hard to believe myself, but that’s what’s going through the rumour mill at the club and academy.

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  • Hugo_Viana

    Dec 6, 2010 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #40

    Dalglish would be a good acquisition.

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