One of the problems that Mike Ashley will have as he waits and hesitates over Alan Pardew as the Newcastle manager, is that some good available managers will become not available – and one of the potential candidates has just accepted a top manager’s position in Germany.
Roberto Di Matteo – new Schalke 04 manager
Former Milton Keynes Dons, West Brom and Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo, who took Chelsea to their first Champions League title ever two years ago, has just accepted the job at Schalke 04 in Germany.
Roberto not only plays an attacking style of football, but he also proved at Chelsea that he can handle big players well, and he’s well versed in the modern day tactics of the game, and he’s certainly a great choice at Schalke.
Roberto takes over from Jens Keller after their poor start to the season, and this is what was reported via the Schalke twitter feed:
“Schalke have parted company with Jens Keller.” “Roberto Di Matteo takes over.”
The German side has 8 points from their first seven league games with two wins, two draws and three defeats and a goal difference of -1.
That’s a lot better than four draws and three defeats and a goal difference of -7. which is what we have at Newcastle after our first seven league games – but the standards are (much) higher at Schalke these days.
And there’s always the possibility that managers like Roberto and David Moyes have already been approached by Newcastle, and they have told Ashley they don’t want to work in a circus at this point in their careers – and for a club that’s not too ambitious either – not like in the days of old.
David Moyes for instance, has said he would be interested in managing at a top club on the continent, if a suitable offer came his way.
And that’s always a reason why Alan Pardew may remain in his job on Tyneside, you need to have an idea as to who can take over at Newcastle if Alan is fired.
What do you think?
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