Charles N’Zogbia’s Boss May Join Aston Villa


Surprising developments yesterday when American owner Randy Lerner interviewed a number of candidates for the vacant Aston Villa job.

N’Zogbia and Wigan manager Roberto Martinez

Two top candidates – former England manager Steve McClaren and former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez,  seemed to have been interviewed and then passed over, as the news this morning is that Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is flying back from his vacation to speak further with Lerner.

While it’s not yet official, Roberto would hardly interrupt his vacation, unless a deal was almost been agreed with Aston Villa and his signing could even be coming today.

It seems that Lerner bowed to pressure from Villa fans not to sign Steve McClaren, and we have a good idea why the conversation with Rafa wouldn’t have lasted too long.

The former Liverpool boss would most likely have asked for huge transfer money to be made available, as his very first question.

Gerard Houllier ended his time at the club by mutual agreement after another heart scare, and it’s difficult to see how Gerard can return to football management, and for the sake of his health he shouldn’t.

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan said last night:

“Villa have acted above board. They wrote to me asking for permission to speak to Roberto.

“He was on holiday at the time and I granted Villa permission. I presume he’s spoken to Villa now.”

“I would still be surprised if he is their new manager. I’ve made it clear to him I’ll be extending his contract.”

“I’ve never let him down on anything and he’s never let me down. But you can never say never.”

Roberto Martinez is an excellent manager and has done very well at Wigan, and just think what he could do with some very good players at Aston Villa.

This is an opportunity Roberto can hardly turn down, and he seems an excellent manager who knows the game very well, and seems a really good guy too.

This will be difficult for Wigan Athletic and even more reason for Charles N’Zogbia to leave the club in the summer, and hopefully arrive back at Newcastle for a decent fee.

Charles can do a job at Newcastle in the next few seasons, and the news is that he’s more than willing to come back.

And maybe Chris Hughton would be a candidate for the Wigan job, and that’s of course if he doesn’t land the Cardiff City manager job next week.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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67 comments so far

  • GeordieRob

    Jun 9, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #1

    Off topic,

    Lazio signed Klose on 2 year deal. SSN

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  • GeordieRob

    Jun 9, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #2

    And 1st…

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  • mr.T...iote

    Jun 9, 2011 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #3

    looks like gameiro may still be going to villareal then lol

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  • sialexrock1

    Jun 9, 2011 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #4

    GeordieRob its not great news for our transfer ambitions??

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  • GeordieRob

    Jun 9, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #5

    Well you could look at it negatively…

    I prefer to think that Valencia can’t afford to pay for players even when they’re free. 🙂

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  • Stuart

    Jun 9, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #6

    Depends on how you look at it.

    Gamiero has never been too keen to join is by all accounts. Let him get his move to spain and we’ll sign Sturridge instead =D

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Jun 9, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #7

    hope we sign gervinhio and cabaye

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  • sialexrock1

    Jun 9, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #8

    GeordieRob yeah. but do you really want players who would prefer to play for other clubs??

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  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Jun 9, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #9

    Mr T
    Gamerio has NEVER been goignt to Villareal!!!

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  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Jun 9, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #10

    I reckon we may sign Cabaye
    Charlie Nzog
    Then Demba Ba
    Then Taylor

    and maybe a couple of freebees….
    Net outlay 16m quids

    I waqs totally wrong just after we sold Carroll, i sadi we would spend only 15m

    oooopsie.

    PS I hope Jabba proves me sooooo wrong…….doubt it though!!

    However, 100% sure, if this is what happens, the Ashley apologists will still have theyre heads right up his ample crevice…..thats if they can get them passed lamearse and beardo’s of course!!

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  • GeordieRob

    Jun 9, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #11

    Gameiro wanted to go to Valencia during January and when that fell through he just kept on bagging goals for Lorient…

    So, do I want to sign a player that would prefer to play for another club that scores anyway… Pfft, as long as he’s scoring, I don’t care.

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  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Jun 9, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #12

    Stuart
    For you being a member of the Warris Cult, surely you must KNOW that sturridge is not even on the list of targets???

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  • mr.T...iote

    Jun 9, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #13

    angryman he wants to tho doesn’t he

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  • Nufc_mo

    Jun 9, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #14

    @Angry

    Thats until Ashley screws up again….

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  • Nufc_mo

    Jun 9, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #15

    IN:
    Jonathan Soriano
    Shaqiri (If gervinho doesnt join us)
    Cabaye
    M’bengue (If Enrique leaves)
    Anyone else is just find with me…

    Keep:
    Barton
    Nolan (maybe)

    Out:
    Smith
    Nolan (If an offer of 8mill + comes in only )
    Airey (On Loan)

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  • Nufc_mo

    Jun 9, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #16

    Anyone else is just fine with me*
    Except he who shall not be named!

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  • Stuart

    Jun 9, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #17

    Angryman

    If we don’t spend big this summer, or even if we don’t get quality players (doesnt always matter how much they cost) I’ll be firmly in the Death to Mike Ashley Brigade.

    Me and you have argued a ton of times and you know how I feel about the management, wouldnt call myself an apologist like, but yeah, this would be the last straw.

    I just don’t see it happening though…eternal optimist =D

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  • Stuart

    Jun 9, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #18

    Woah Woah WOAH, I am NOT a member of the cwarr Cultists!

    I dont believe a thing thats written on twitter.

    Plus I never said we were after Sturridge, just that i wanted him.

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  • sialexrock1

    Jun 9, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #19

    GeordieRob yeah good point. fingers crossed we can get the lad.

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  • connor_nufc

    Jun 9, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #20

    just nzgobia and I wud be happy

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  • mr.T...iote

    Jun 9, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #21

    tbh angryman if we got those in with mayb long wud you be dissapointd

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  • sialexrock1

    Jun 9, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #22

    connor_nufc yeah we need a few more than just charlie mate.

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  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Jun 9, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #23

    Mr T
    Nope and Yes

    Nope, he wanted to go to Valencia
    And yes I would be VERY dissappointed.
    Our outgoings generate ALOT more cash than our incomings, and the state of the clubs debt doesnt get any better………why???

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  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Jun 9, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #24

    We need more than a 16m investment to take this club where it belongs….
    we need the 35m to buy players, 35 mill woth of players..especially if we lose Barton Nolan and enrique!!

    Shane Long will NOT make it in the EPL.
    He’s had 1 good season in the Championship…he is now 24 years old, and if you speak to reading fans he has always been the ‘he’s the next big thing’ sinc his teens.

    Ameobi has always been the ‘new alan shearer’

    We need proven players to take the club forward, unproven players to maintain our premiership status………

    I will NEVER be happy with just surviving!!

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  • connor_nufc

    Jun 9, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #25

    sialexrock1 yea but I just hope we dont fill our squad with championship players

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  • sialexrock1

    Jun 9, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #26

    off the subject.
    danny simpson is off twitter. why danny?? read the sun.

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  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Jun 9, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #27

    Warris nis a gem aint he!!

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  • Nufc_mo

    Jun 9, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #28

    Once Newcastle finally give up on Gameiro, and if Sturridge is out of the question, and Enrique is off to Barca, I reckon Newcastle should Get Soriano in a player + cash swap deal

    enrique for 6mill + Soriano.

    32 goals in 37 games last season for Barca B team.

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  • Nufc_mo

    Jun 9, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #29

    My bad

    32 goals in 36 appearences last season
    Career total of 72 appearences 54 goals

    25 years old only.

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  • Nufc_mo

    Jun 9, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #30

    We were apparantly interested in Soriano last month.

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  • Stuart

    Jun 9, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #31

    Thats a class goals to games ratio but do you really want our 1st choice striker to be someone who isnt even playing top level football? Basically a glorified reserve.

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  • sialexrock1

    Jun 9, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #32

    connor_nufc yeah know what ya saying mate. its like bidding for LB steven taylor might be a good deal. but is he the same class as perch?? lets hope not.

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  • Nufc_mo

    Jun 9, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #33

    Imo he would be at the very least the same Level as Shlong, if not better.

    Yes he is in the reserve team… But its Barcelona… Their B team would give our first team a good game.

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  • Nufc_mo

    Jun 9, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #34

    Now that i think of it, I really wanna see their B team play an EPL team!

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  • JAMSHA

    Jun 9, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #35

    If v dont get gervinho, I cnt c us sighng any quality other dan, zog an cabaye

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  • JAMSHA

    Jun 9, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #36

    If v dont get gervinho, I cnt c us sighng any quality other dan, zog an cabaye.

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  • archaeomag

    Jun 9, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #37

    @ Angry
    I’m with you
    I think would not be surprised if we almost ‘break-even’ this transfer window, sell a few, buy a few spend, net spend 10-12 mill.
    Just like SportsDirect, buy cheep and sell expensive – everything is for sale, including the Club!

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  • Stuart

    Jun 9, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #38

    Why Jamsha?

    Of all the thousands of players in the world Gervinho is the only quality winger?

    We’ve had scouts looking all over europe all season. Graham Carr probably has quite an extensive list of quality players. Gervinho is obviously just top of that list.

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  • Nufc_mo

    Jun 9, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #39

    @Jamsha

    Just because the club doesnt get a “big” name doesnt mean we wont get quality…apart from Cabaye.

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  • cheikmate

    Jun 9, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #40

    slow news today, is there gona be a news conference at newcastle today ? heard ppl saying it thru the week

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