Journal columnist Don Hutchison talked yesterday about Tim Sherwood being very interested in the Newcastle manager job, should it become available in the near future, and Alan Pardew is fired.
Tim Sherwood – would jump at chance of managing Magpies
This is what Don Hutchison said in the Journal yesterday:
“I was working with Tim Sherwood and Andy Townsend on punditry duties on Saturday with access to all of the games and I had to rub my eyes in disbelief at what was going on in the Newcastle game.”
“Big defeats haven’t exactly been rare in 2014 but I think with everything riding on a successful start to the season, that was arguably the worst of the lot.”
“When it went to two I turned to Andy and said: “If they go down three or four-nil I think he’s a dead man walking.” And I turned to Tim as said “You’d jump at the chance to take that job wouldn’t you?” Tim’s reply was: “Not half”.
“I know Alan is still in the job but if he loses it, I actually think that would be a good fit for Newcastle. Tim would go in there with Les Ferdinand, who is a Newcastle legend and could tell you everything you need to know about that club.”
“And they would try and play the right way: attacking football.”
Having Les Ferdinand back at the club would be good, but we’re not sure another Londoner would be welcomed by Newcastle fans, and in our poll Tim is bottom of the voting with just 6%.
But there will be a lot of managers interested in the Newcastle job should it become available, and we think Mike Ashley would appoint a British manager.
Since the six managers that have served under Ashley are all English – Sam Allardyce, Kevin Keegan, Joe Kinnear, Alan Shearer, Chris Hughton and Alan Pardew – he is unlikely to want to bring in a non-British boss.
And as Ajax manager Frank de Boer pointed out in the summer, when he was linked with the Spurs job, both Tottenham and Newcastle are sleeping giants in the Premier League.
But Tottenham are more awake than Newcastle at the moment, and the Magpies are unlikely to wake up just as long as Mike Ashley is the owner of the club, with his (very) limited ambitions for Newcastle United.
Wonder when Mike Ashley will leave Newcastle, who he seems to have under hostage?
He certainly has the papers under hostage, having banned five of them in the last year, for reporting stories he didn’t particularly like.
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