Maybe this is the last news we all wanted to hear – it’s being reported in the Mirror today, that Mike Ashley could be lining up the new Palace manager Tony Pulis to become the new Newcastle manager, if the owner decides that Alan Pardew’s time is up on Tyneside.
Tony Pulis – is he really being lined up as Newcastle manager?
Yes, Tony has done a great job at Crystal Palace and he has five wins on the trot, and Palace are now only 3 points behind Newcastle and along with Stoke could push Newcastle out of a top ten place, over the last three games of the season .
But Tony was fired at Stoke City last summer simply because of his (very) dull style of football, and he is very like former Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce in the way he plays the game, and Sam was sacked on Tyneside for that same reason in January of 2008 – for his style of football – boring and defensive.
Newcastle have a history of playing good attacking and entertaining football, and under both Kevin Keegan and Sir Bobby Robson we did that and we were also in the top four in the Premier League. and one of the most popular sides in England.
The news is that Ashley is said to be a big fan of the 56 year-old Welshman, who has never been relegated as a football manager.
Pulis is on a new contract at Crystal Palace, and it’s said Newcastle would need to pay compensation of around £3M – it would not be worth it.
The last thing we want to see back at Newcastle is the long ball and physical play at the expense of good open and entertaining football.
We just have to hope this news is all made up – after all it is a Sunday – and that’s often fantasy day – as far as football news is concerned.
And the good news is that Pulis lives on the South Coast in Dorset, and like Harry Redknapp before him, he may be unwilling to move to the cold climate of Newcastle and the north-east, so that could be in our favor.
What we need is a good up-and-coming younger manager such as a Roberto Di Matteo or Wigan’s Uwe Rösler.
What do you think?