Two Newcastle managers, who didn’t last too long on Tyneside, Glenn Roeder and Graeme Souness, both made good starts to their careers as Newcastle manager.
Graeme Souness – a dour Scot if ever there was one
Over six years ago, when things were a lot better on Tyneside, after just 2 points form the first 4 league games of the 2004-2005 season the great Sir Bobby Robson was sacked as the Newcastle manager on Monday 30th August to the shock of almost every Newcastle fan.
For the Blackburn game on 11th September, John Carver was in control, and it was just a few days after Graeme Souness had been appointed the manger. Newcastle had tried to get Steve Bruce from Birmingham but he refused the job to manage his home town club.
Newcastle won that game fairly easily by 3-0, and then Graeme took over and did well at Newcastle, at least initially.
In Newcastle’s first 5 league games after the Blackburn win, Newcastle won three and drew two, so Graeme got 11 points from the first 5 games.
And in the 6 games since Bobby left the club, Newcastle got 14 points – not too bad at all – and it was obviously right to sack Bobby – yeah right!!.
A good start by Graeme but then Newcastle then lost the next three league games, but had done very well in Europe during that time, winning all five of their UEFA Cup games.
Things went downhill fairly quickly for Graeme at Newcastle though, and after we lost 4-1 at Man City on February 2 2006, he was sacked and Glenn Roeder took over.
Graeme had lasted a little over 16 months.
In the 15 remaining league games of the 2005-2006 season Newcastle, under Glenn Roeder as manager and assisted by Alan Shearer, got 31 points and Newcastle finished in 7th position with 58 points, and again qualified for Europe.
How could Glenn not have become permanent manager after his record in the first 15 matches?
But in the next season things again went downhill, and Newcastle finished in 13th position on a meager 42 points, the worst PL total ever for Newcastle at that time, and Glenn was fired. Glenn lasted a little over 15 months as Newcastle manager.
And then Sam Allardyce came in and then Mike Ashley bought the club and said the major thing Newcastle needed was stability – and we know what happened after that.
There have been 6 managers in 42 months under the London Billionaire, and to think we all thought we were unstable with Freddy Shepherd as the Chairman.
Graeme Souness’ appointment as manager was met with disbelief on Tyneside six years ago, much like Alan Pardew’s appointment last week.
We don’t know how well Alan will do at Newcastle, but we hope he’s hugely successful, and as Alex Ferguson said last week, we also hope he stays a full 5 years on Tyneside, because that will mean Newcastle will have done very well.
That’s obviously what we want to see.
But however Alan does in his first few games is unlikely to tell us all how he’ll do long term.
We hope he does very well on Tyneside, and that managing the famous Newcastle United club inspires him to that success, much like it did with his predecessor Chris Hughton.