Chelsea Boss Turns Down Sunderland – Would Manage Magpies


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.

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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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133 comments so far

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Sep 26, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #1

    Roy and toonkk

    I’m glad it’s not just me who isn’t happy with these porn sites.

    It’s been happening a lot more recently. Is Ed getting paid for these?? Or has his site been hacked somehow??

    Disgusting thing is that kids could access the blog and get redirected. It even happens on my iPad. The page suddenly changes to a porn site and I can’t even go back to this.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Sep 26, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #2

    Oh…and the pop-ups! Just got asked if I was tired of being single. I don’t remember being single!

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  • Jamiemac

    Sep 26, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #3

    I hope many a sad mackem stumbles across this!

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Sep 26, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #4

    Please, if anyone thinks that our squad isn’t the 7th or 8th best in the PL, do a player to player comparison to any of the other 12 teams and tell us which ones you think are better.

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  • Edd Case

    Sep 26, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #5

    HAHAH at above posts re porn!

    IE saves cookies from sites you’ve been on and thus advertising is focused on sites you frequent!

    I get no porn pop up here!

    (P.S cause I’m smart enough to use ‘in private browsing’ – cant have the wife finding out haha)

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  • Rooster

    Sep 26, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #6

    Believe me i have supported the lads through thick n thin? Took a hell of a lot of flack for my stance as well, my belief for a long rime was that ee would keep pushing foreard season on season off, the latest horseh.t about top ten finishes n take or leave cup compititions is a horrible statement, we are starved to the max, we need hope, its all about staying in the prem at all costs, its about money and the stability of the prem, we cannot compete wi the top boys, excuse after excuse about finances about our players about our playing style, the southampton norwich swansea patter how cant compete, the summer travesty Window, mid table certainties in my opinion at best, although my opinion, on Cisse just dire to watch (sorry) glad of the goal but hes awful, yes i will continue to shout n ball at the match and sing, but its all about the business, passionless now at SJP, crying shame, thats what its all about the filthy lucre.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 26, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #7

    Hearing some news out of the Ashley castle. Apparently Mike is planning to trim his toenails for the first time in seven years because he has some female company coming over on the weekend. Good luck to her then.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 26, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #8

    If Mike’s date turns out well he plans to wear his speedo at the pool for the next one. That might be going too far Mike.

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  • John Tudor

    Sep 26, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #9

    tds its manager that makes the diffrence

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  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 26, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #10

    I was impressed by Sammy’s performance yesterday. He did have some poor performances last year but if he can continue to improve including with some Prem appearances then he may prove a very decent player for us.

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  • toon kk

    Sep 26, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #11

    Sammy has potential for being a good first team player providing he can stop tripping up over his own legs!!!!!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 26, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #12

    Spot on sad to say Rooster @6. Well said. Any decent owner would never have put us through the last 6 years.

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  • lesh

    Sep 26, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #13

    Trim his toenails for the first time in seven years because he has some female company coming over?

    Good lord, Ashley just oozes class!

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  • toon kk

    Sep 26, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #14

    Perhaps we should chant MA name at st James and make him feel very welcome at his own club, who knows he may have a soft side and start supporting the club and have more ambition for it.
    Well maybe!!!!!

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  • Tinman

    Sep 26, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #15

    If anyone is getting pestered by countless adverts, then I insist, download AdBlock. It works brilliantly and you will have the problem sorted in less than 2 mins.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Sep 26, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #16

    Edd Case

    It happens on my iPad too. I’m not denying that I’ve accessed porn in my life but these are sites that I’ve never heard of, let alone been to! And it doesn’t explain the dating and candy game pop-ups either!

    Tinman

    I have a blocker on my laptop so it rarely happens then. It’s the iPad mostly and it’s only on this site. I’ll look at the settings, but I reckon it’s some sponsorship that Ed has. Hmmm…Wonga as a sponsor or porn sites?

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Sep 26, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #17

    John Tudor

    I knew someone would come out and say that.

    People always think the grass is always greener…there’s no manager outside the top 6 that is definitely better than Pardew in my opinion and several that are definitely worse.

    Sure, I’d love to have a CL level manager and I’d love to have a CL level team.

    My point is regarding the squad. People say it’s not good enough so if it’s not, then I’d like to know which squad they think is better and I’d like them to compare player to player to demonstrate it rather than just going off an anti-Ashley/Pardew/JFK feeling and slagging off our squad.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Sep 26, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #18

    Roberto Di Matteo as Newcastle manager flucking hell yes, when the rumors last season happened about AP getting the sack the first person i mention was Di Matteo because of his attacking style and could bring big things at the toon i only hope AP gets the sack or walks away for Di Matteo to take the job, plus if MA wants stability at the club Di Matteo is 43 and Pardew is over 50

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  • John Tudor

    Sep 26, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #19

    having his back hair trimmed with a flymo is too good for ashley

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Sep 26, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #20

    ToonDarnSarf

    true mate, player for player i can only see Man city with better players than us, but the likes of Man united, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal & Spurs there’s only a few of there players better well slightly better than ours.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Sep 26, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #21

    with Matteo at the helm at Newcastle we could probably be looking at top 6 every season and maybe a few cups along the way

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  • Mister Tuff

    Sep 26, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #22

    Edd Case @5 – excellent detective work in explaining how these dodgy sites keep on popping up.
    Exposing the “porn site snifters” is a community benefit. Many thanks for your input.

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  • thebionicMAG

    Sep 26, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #23

    @ToonDarnSarf post 1

    Toon,

    I’m not sure Ed has anything to do with the advertising. I’ve noticed whatever I’ve been looking at comes up in ads on the site. For example I bought a video camera off amazon. Now whenever I log in theres an ad from Amazon with my camera on. Same when I was checking out flights. I’m getting BA ads here too. I doubt that has got anything to do with Ed. So you need to find out who has been looking at porn on your PC for the cookies to be doing this! 😉

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  • mattnufc

    Sep 26, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #24

    Download a free adblocker to stop adverts following you 🙂

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  • Ancientcoptic

    Sep 26, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #25

    Di Matteo playing ”attacking football” does not sound very accurate to me. Parking the bus in Europe led to him getting very lucky, nothing else. He was found out the next season when he was getting too many draws.

    He was not considered good enough for West Brom’s premier league ambitions either.

    He seems like a top bloke, but I would not want him at our club.

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  • jayphoto

    Sep 26, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #26

    Errrrm Di Matteo definately did not play attacking football! The main reason for west brom firing him was that the fans hated his trademark 4-5-1 defend tactics!
    At chelsea he took over a top 2 team in 4th place and finished 6th… He mighta won the champs league but it certainly wasn’t by playing Attacking flowing football!

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  • John Tudor

    Sep 26, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #27

    tds, of course there’s better outside the top six look across Europe for starters

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  • John Tudor

    Sep 26, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #28

    fireman sam is on a par with percy

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  • John Tudor

    Sep 26, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #29

    and the grass is the same colour on both unless in the shadows

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  • John Tudor

    Sep 26, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #30

    no-one slates the squad it is just too thin, who is at fault for that……
    ashley kinnear and percy

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Sep 26, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #31

    Black and White with an army

    I think when you compare our squad with any of the top 6 we’re lacking. Our first 11 might look similar but they have more top top players than us. I don’t think that any of the other teams are better though, but Everton are close.

    Had Ruddy on earlier talking rubbish about our squad not being good enough for a top 10 place let alone top 10 and push for a cup. He talks like a mackem sometimes…

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Sep 26, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #32

    John Tudor

    Haha. The point was that we have a squad good enough for top 10 easily and big enough to challenge for a cup too. Anyone who thinks otherwise either knows nothing about football or is a mackem.

    If we don’t achieve that then it’s Pardew’s fault pure and simple. And that means he should go.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Sep 26, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #33

    thebionicMAG

    Ha! Well I have to admit that I have seen some adverts similar to what you’ve described and I’m fine with that. But I can assure you that I’ve never been on a site looking for “local slags”! There’s also Match.com and a betting website on here, I’m not interested in either.

    Why would they appear on this site if they aren’t sponsors? And why would the site be diverted to a porn site? And why would I get pop-ups when visiting this site? Either Ed gets paid for this or the site is carrying some sort of virus. It’s only this site (and some dodgy sites that I don’t visit).

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Sep 26, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #34

    John Tudor

    Yeah. People do slate the squad and say it’s not good enough for top 10. Morons do anyway.

    It’s not too thin either. If you think that, try doing the comparison I mentioned earlier. People say that Norwich, Swansea and Southampton have caught us up. Great. Compare player for player. At my count we have the following first team players:
    2 GKs (Krul, Elliott)
    4 FBs (Debuchy, Santon, Haidara, Dummett)
    4 CBs (Colo, MYM, Saylor, Willo)
    4 CMs (Cabaye, Anita, Tiote, Sissoko)
    5 AMs (Ben Arfa, Goofy, Marv, Sammy, Jonas)
    3 STs (Cisse, Remy, Shola)

    That’s 22 players. Add Vuckic, Alnwick, Good, Streete, Campbell, Bigi, Gosling and Obertan to the squad as back-up players and that’s a healthy squad. Sure, I would have liked to have seen Shola upgraded for a better striker and it leaves us light if say Cisse and Remy are injured or off form. But it’s not thin, definitely not compared to some squads that have several players only good enough for the championship.

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  • John Tudor

    Sep 26, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #35

    do you just watch the delay games on the net, we see the games live. we are not makems pal, we are realists a top ten finish is achievable possibly,a cup run no-way with percy up top.you have to win cup games draws we see us go out

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  • John Tudor

    Sep 26, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #36

    obertan missed simple chances vuckic apparently made of glass, alnwick untried streete untried cambell not used enough head shake please

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  • John Tudor

    Sep 26, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #37

    remy not ours

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  • tequilamag

    Sep 26, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #38

    JT, you watch the games live. Your boycott lasted a long time then.

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  • thebionicMAG

    Sep 26, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #39

    Hehe I hear you Toon!

    However some of the porn sites are actually linked. They are owned by the same company err ahem *cough splutter* so I’ve been told of course! They are sub domained so to speak. As far as other ads…again porn sites are liked to gambling. Whenever people (not me of course) look at porn sites other windows open up advertising gambling sites like 888.com, so this makes perfect sense.
    Try this free download. It clears cookies. Clear your cookies then log back on and im pretty sure you wont get them anymore. Hope it help!
    http://download.cnet.com/CCleaner/

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Sep 26, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #40

    John Tudor

    Who is we?

    We have a squad good enough for the top 10. I just listed it! 22 players good enough for the first team and several more as back-up. Look at Norwich, Swansea, West Ham or any other club other than Everton or the top 6 and tell me which is better.

    Who cares if Remy is only on loan, don’t be a muppet seriously. Lukaku isn’t Everton’s either but I bet you’ll use him as an example of how strong their squad is.

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