Ranking The Potential New Managers At Newcastle

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

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:

Mauricio Pochettino
David Moyes
Roberto di Matteo

What would your top three be, and I’m sure I’ve missed a few good candidates out.

Comments welcome.

21 comments so far

  • Ciaran

    May 3, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #1

    Bugger this, bloody joke.

  • Oldgit1

    May 3, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #2

    The mindset of my club is all wrong, the staying up is ok for the likes of west ham, Swansea, Aston villa etc but that is not good enough for the likes of Newcastle , it’s about time this club had a winning mentality starting with a manager that knows what he is doing and an owner that’s put supporters first.

    Not winning anything since 1969 is disgusting, the small minded mentality of people entrusted with our club have failed badly.

  • niafron

    May 3, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #3

    On that short list, Moyes. Would be happy with Laudrup as well.

    What about chirstian Gourcuff?

  • toonarmydownsouth

    May 3, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #4

    Lee Clark??
    Behave yourself he’s an awful manager!!!!
    He wouldn’t even be mentioned if he wasn’t a Geordie!

  • Graeme

    May 3, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #5

    The only man on that short list, with the know-how, the mind-set and the ability to manage NUFC would be David Moyes.

    The bigger question is – “Why on earth would he want to”?
    Given the way is operated so badly, where Foodball requirements come way down the pecking order after PROFIT, balancing the books etc.

    We are no longer a FOOTBALL CLUB – we are a money making advertising hoarding for the owners tat. Nothing more, nothing less.

  • Mings

    May 3, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #6

    Pochettino or De Boer would be great 🙂

  • tequilamag

    May 3, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #7

    Tads, Not sure Lee Clark is an awful manager. He did well at Huddersfield and has had to work with no money at Brum. Not ready for Newcastle though.

  • Blofal

    May 3, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #8

    Anyone that is good with young players and plays attacking football.

    Newcastle fans would rather lose 7-6 than draw 0-0.

  • theartfuldodger

    May 3, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #9

    Ashley leaves the club to Pardew and does not talk to him for weeks.

    Thats why he was given his 8yr contract.

    Manager + Spokesperson + Administrator

  • catchy in norway

    May 3, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #10


    do you watch other teams play? I’m starting to think you are just another jurno, just believing what you read,

    moyes, is a very defensive manager, maybe not as much as p45due but not far off, only difference is moyes bought defensive players , p45due uses attacking players as defensive players

    di matteo

    another poor manager , yes he has won the UCL but he was so defensive and very lucky,


    good choice ,

    poyet would be another choice

    Clarke or Bruce , nooo thank you

  • Deana

    May 3, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #11

    I’d be happy with any of the top three you mentioned Ed. I’d prefer a passing, flowing football specialist rather than Moyes out of the three. I’d like to add Glen Hoddle into the mix. We need someone who knows how to play the modern game. Teams who have recently succeeded with this are Liverpool, Everton & Southampton. No doubt Ashley will appoint an old dinosaur that will shock even his biggest critics.

  • JamesToon

    May 3, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #12

    My top 3 managers:
    1. Pochettino
    2. Laudrup
    3. Poyet

  • ronjohno

    May 3, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #13

    I do not think Pardew will be sacked but if he was then my nomination for what it is worth would be Nigel Clough.

  • joenufc

    May 3, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #14

    The trouble is fella EVERY single one of the managers mentioned would seek assurance from Fatty that
    1 Major overhaul of squad ie significant transfer sums would be available

    2 Best players would not be sold without replacements

    3 The best interest of the club and it’s on field fortunes are The most important thing

    4 That the manager won’t be a puppet and mouthpiece for fatty himself

    I can’t see fatty agreeing to any of the above can you

  • joenufc

    May 3, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #15

    It would be career suicide to work for fatty under the restrictions he has in place, will take a desperate man to accept the job good thing for us is he has to be a better motivator,tactician and non bullshitter like P45due surely

  • Ian Toon

    May 3, 2014 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #16


    “We’ve never sought to do anything other than inflict our own jaundiced views on you via this website, certainly not act as self-appointed spokesmen for the Geordie Nation. That’s why TV/radio interview requests in recent days were refused – as usual.

    For those who have asked though: regardless of the score, we’ll not be leaving before full time and for us to urge others to do that would be hypocritical.

    We respect the views of those who feel motivated to leave early, be it on 27 minutes (last title), 55 minutes (last domestic cup) or 0 minutes – that latter category belonging to those who have already stopped going.

    What we would urge though is that those with differing viewpoints don’t seek to intimidate each other. Setting fan against fan won’t help anyone’s cause, while interruptions to the game would only give our numerous critics – and the footballing authorities – ammunition.

    Stay, go or don’t come at all – it’s your call, not ours. If reading this helps you decide one way or the other, then we’ve achieved our objective.”

  • Owldman

    May 3, 2014 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #17

    As one former Toon manager said “You need a whole in the head to manage Newcastle”

  • oldbobaycliffe

    May 3, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #18

    sorry ed but where do you get the idea that moyes would get more money at nufc than he did at everton isn,t that why we want rid of ashley because he hasn,t bought anyone in the last 2 transfer windows just a couple of loan deals.,yes he spent money in last years january window when he bought 5 players but by selling the best one he got his money back

  • Sav

    May 4, 2014 at 2:22 AM

    Comment #19

    It won’t make any difference who picks the team at Newcstle as long as Monster Mash is in charge of the whole thing. Keegan said today that Ashley bought the club ‘as a bit of a joke’ and that is exactly how it feels.

  • boltonmagpie

    May 4, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #20

    Mike Bassett, England manager. Gotta be. After JK director of Football makes sense doesn’t it!!

  • bigiffius

    May 5, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #21

    Why the F does any toon fan want Moyes as manager?! If he is the new boss, I will never go to another game again!!


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