We thought that Roberto Di Matteo, the former Milton Keynes Dons, West Brom and short-term Chelsea manager, would be the very strong favorite to take over at Sunderland, after Paolo Di Canio was fired late on Sunday night.
Roberto Di Mateo with Chris Hughton when Chris managed Newcastlee
Of course Di Matteo famously took over the management reigns at Chelsea a year last March when he took over from the sacked André Villas-Boas, and led the team to their very first Champions League success against Bayern Munich on the German club’s home pitch.
And Roberto also guided Chelsea to an FA Cup Final win last year when they beat Liverpool 2-1 at Wembley, but that wasn’t enough for owner Roman Abramovich, and Roberto was fired on 21st November last year, after only eight months in charge, during which he won two trophies for the London club.
But there is news in the Shields Gazette today – would you believe it – that Roberto fancies managing Newcastle United, and has turned down an offer to manage Sunderland, and now it seems the favorite for the Black cat’s hob is Gus Poyet, who doesn’t have the management experience of Roberto.
That’s a rather bizarre claim in the Gazette, and the only evidence is that some rumors are quoted – but at least it makes a good story line.
Since being fired just less than a year ago Roberto has been biding his time, and we’re sure he’s had other offers other than Sunderland, and at only 43 years old he has time on his side, and who knows he may eventually manage Newcastle – his teams certainly play great attacking football, and the Italian knows how to manager the big players.
Newcastle United may come in for severe criticism at times, but with one of the best fan bases in football, potential managers know they can become almost like Gods on Tyneside, if they are able to make the side successful – and wait for it – even win something.
Jermaine Jenas famously talked about the goldfish bowl that is Newcastle, but most football men would turn that into a positive, because if you are passionate about football, then Newcastle is the place to be.
And they can join the Geordie fans in their passion for football, and Arsene Wenger has talked about the Geordie fans living and breathing football, and the famous St. James Park Stadium overlooks the City, to remind everybody what’s important.
We hope Alan Pardew can have another successful season, like we had the season before last, and there’s even some signs that might be possible.
But make no mistake, Newcastle will not be short of applicants if and when the manager’s job does eventually become vacant again – but Alan Pardew will stay at Newcastle just as long as he is moving the club forward, and hopefully on to bigger and better things.
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