We saw an article out today suggesting that former Newcastle player, coach and local lad Lee Clark could be the next Newcastle manager, but with Birmingham having done really poorly this season, and currently they are third bottom of the Championship one point from safety and one game to play at Bolton today, we don’t think Lee will get the job, and in fact Lee could be in line to be fired at the end of the season.
Mauricio Pochettino – Southampton manager
This will assume that Newcastle will fire Alan Pardew at the end of the season, but that’s not a certainty at the moment.
There are some good managers who would be available if Newcastle came a knocking, and the favorite is still sacked former Man United manager David Moyes, and if David does become the Newcastle manager we wouldn’t have too many complaints.
He’s shown at Everton, with very little money available, that he can create a top six side – which is what we all want to see at Newcastle again – and he’ll be given more money than he ever got at Everton.
Tottenham seem to be busy interviewing a lot of managers according to the press, and David may be one of them, as Chairman Daniel Levy seems to be taking a leaf out of Freddy Shepherd’s book, and sacking the manager every 18 months or so.
Next in line in the betting are Steve Bruce and former Swansea manager Michael Laudrup.
We don’t think Steve would make a good Newcastle manager, and he failed at Sunderland and seems to be much better suited to a smaller club like Birmingham, Wigan or Hull City, so we’d be surprised if he was appointed the manager.
Michael Laudrup had Swansea playing some great stuff in their first season last season, but then – maybe with the Europa League – things kind of collapsed, and he was fired earlier this year, as the Swans slipped dangerously into relegation territory.
There was some negative news on Laudrup coming out of Swansea after the sacking, but that should probably be taken with a grain of salt, and was probably the Swansea Chairman trying to justify the sacking to the fans.
We think Michael would be well received by Newcastle fans.
And of course Roberto di Matteo has been available since he was sacked by Chelsea last season, and he always plays good attacking football, although he did lose his way a bit at West Brom and was fired in February of 2011, but he would be a very decent choice.
And we shouldn’t forget he won the Champions League with Chelsea in 2012, when they beat Bayern Munich in Munich.
And as we said, we think Lee Clark has no chance, and two other managers are way down the list in the betting that we like – Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino, and new Wigan manager Uwe Rosler.
Former Argentina center-back Pochettino has done very well at Southampton, and he has them playing the type of football Newcastle should be playing, but his feats at the Saints have not gone unnoticed, and some bigger clubs seem interested in him – like Tottenham.
And there’s even rumors he can even speak a bit of English these days. 😀
German Uwe Rosler has turned around Wigan since taking over late last year, and he has them in a play-off position in the Championship, and they beat Manchester City away 2-1 in the quarter finals of the FA Cup, and put on a terrific display.
But Uwe has never managed a big club and that could count against him for the Newcastle job.
If we were to rank the top three it would probably be as follows:
Roberto di Matteo
What would your top three be, and I’m sure I’ve missed a few good candidates out.