It’s looking like Alan Pardew could be appointed as the Crystal Palace manager maybe even within the next 24 hours, with a compensation deal said to have been agreed of around £2.25M – so now the attention turns to who can Newcastle appoint as the next manager on Tyneside.
Frank de Boer – Ajax manager
Here are some managers Newcastle could go after – and they are in no particular order.
- Frank de Boer – the 44 year-old Dutchman has been in the manager’s job at Ajax since 2010, and has had the Dutch giants League Champions in Holland in each one of those seasons. Frank was pursued by Tottenham earlier this year, and said he wouldn’t discuss any position until the end of the season, and it’s very unlikely that either Frank or Ajax would consider letting him leave half-way through the season.
One thing Newcastle could do is to appoint an interim manager for the rest of the season, as they pursue who could be the long time replacement for Alan Pardew, who spent just over four years at Newcastle.
Frank’s agent has already said he will not leave Ajax in mid-season.
- Eddie Howe – the 37 year-old former Bournemouth defender has been in management since 2008, when he first managed Bournemouth, before having a spell of about 20 months as the Burnley manager before rejoining Bournemouth.
Bournemouth are now top of the Championship – four points clear of second placed Ipswich Town – and he is destined for big things in management in the future, but whether he has enough experience to take a job as big as the Newcastle job is a good question.
Again it would be very unlikely that he would move in mid-season, with Bournemouth close to promotion, but we could potentially get him in the summer.
- Fabricio Coloccini – It’s not the first time that the 32 year-old Newcastle captain has been mentioned as a possible future Newcastle manager, and he could become player manager of the club for the rest of the season as Newcastle look for a long term replacement. In that case we could keep the three coaches we already have – John Carver, Steve Stone and Andy Woodman and this option probably is the minimum change alternative – but Fabricio is also untested in management – so it could be risky. The Magpies skipper is quite an odd selection so high on the betting odds. At the age of 32, he appears to still have a good couple of years left in him on the field. Coloccini’s wish to return home to Argentina just last year decreases the likelihood of him sticking around long-term. Another option would be to appoint John Carver as manager for the rest of the season.
- Tony Pulis – we would never have thought of 56 year-old Tony Pulis as the Newcastle manager had he not done so brilliantly last season and saved Crystal Palace. And not only did he have the team well organized but he played fairly decent football too – with not many good players available at Palace.
But if Tony is announced as the Newcastle manager, there may be some resistance from the fans, and it would possibly be a short-term deal where the former Stoke City manager could show he can get the team playing good football and getting the results too – for the rest of the season.
- Steve Bruce – 53 year-old Steve – a Geordie – is bound to be discussed as a potential manager after he turned down the management job at his home town club when he was at Birmingham, after Sir Bobby Robson was fired in August of 2004. And Steve has regretted that ever since. He failed as manager of Sunderland, but he would still be a fairly popular choice we suppose, and presumably Steve would jump at the chance of managing Newcastle United this time around – but again we’d be surprised if Mike Ashley appoints him.
In all of this we should remember that Alan Pardew has only had British managers at Newcastle since he bought the club – Sam Allardyce, Kevin Keegan, Joe Kinnear, Alan Shearer, Chris Hughton and Alan Pardew – and they are all English except Joe Kinnear – who was born in Dublin but was brought up in London.
And as with Alan Pardew four years ago, Mike Ashley could shock us again.
Who do you think Newcastle should appoint as manager?
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