Mike Ashley To Appoint First Non-British Manager


It’s going to be made clear that the job available at Newcastle United will be one of head coach, and it will not be a position of Manager, which has been prominent in English football where the manager has the full say of who comes and who goes at a football club- he’s basically in charge of most things at the club expect finance, and the task of getting players through the door, once he has selected who he wants.

lee charnley and mike ashley before wba game

Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley at Newcastle

So it’s not really surprising that English managers like Tony Pulis and Steve Bruce, do not want the Newcastle job, but we think that position could be starting to die out in the Premier League – simply because there is now too much money involved to leave all the decisions to one man.

What happens if he doesn’t get things right and theor are some owners who have huge investments in English clubs?

Another reason English managers may not want the job is that the word is out on Mike Ashley,  and by his frugal running of the club, he makes it almost impossible for a coach to be successful at Newcastle, when he continually sells our best players and refuses to in vest big money in players.

Alan Pardew towed the company line at the club for just over four years, but in the end it seems he couldn’t get out of Newcastle quickly enough, and he’s moving to a smaller club in Crystal Palace where he’ll have a lot more control on transfers into and out of the club

It’s the only time in recent memory that a Newcastle manager has left Newcastle on his own terms – the only other one being Kevin Keegan who left in January 1997, and then again in September of 2008, after Director of Football Dennis Wise brought two players in that Kevin knew nothing about.

It seems that system of a committee (ir was it just Dennis) selecting the transfer targets is still in effect – although at that time Kevin wasn’t on the committee. 🙁

Continental managers who have been linked with Newcastle include Ajax coach Frank de Boer, rormer Croatia coach Slaven Bilic, who is now at Turkish side Besiktas, and St. Etienne head coach Christophe Galtier, who some higher ups at Newcastle are apparently pushing for the job.

Of those three it seems de Boer is a fan favorite, but he is not available until the summer, and he may not want to come because of the restrictions placed on him by Ashley – who tries to run Newcastle on a shoestring and uses the club as a worldwide advertising platform for his company Sports Direct.

Newcastle managers under Mike Ashley have been Sam Allardyce, Kevin Keegan, Joe Kinnear, Alan Shearer, Chris Hughton and Alan Pardew – all English except Joe Kinnear, who was born in Dublin.

When Newcastle appoint their new head coach is dependent on how John Carver does in his role as caretaker manager, and if John can get results – like a win this afternoon at home to Burnley – it gives the Newcastle owner some time, and he could even wait until the summer.

If not then Ashley will have to appoint somebody before then – and that could be anybody, and we would expect him to surprise us all with somebody who’s not even being talked about – like he did four years ago with Alan Pardew.

We’re hoping John Carver and his team can get results, and it at least will give us some time, and if he does well enough he could even get the job permanently – as Glenn Roeder did in 2006, Joe Kinnear did in 2008 and Chris Hughton did in 2009, after initially being caretaker manager.

What do you think?

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40 comments so far

  • NOVA2967

    Jan 1, 2015 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #1

    Klopp

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  • The one and Ayoze 17

    Jan 1, 2015 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #2

    Sounds like exactly what we need, a top quality non English head coach, just hope they don’t rush it and make the right choice for the long term.

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  • NOVA2967

    Jan 1, 2015 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #3

    Dear Klopp,
    We at Newcastle have the infrastructure and desire to be the best team in the land. We have the best fans in the world. Our stadium is one of a kind. Chelsea, City, Tots all need a new stadium. I mean look at how silly Man City look with all there top end players playing in a shiiit stadium.
    MA is slowly balancing the book and getting his $100 mill back to make Newcastle the most profitable club in the world. If you can just stay for 5 years and due all you can with a mediocre transfer budget until then you will have more spending power than you could ever want.
    What do you say???

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  • toonbrother

    Jan 1, 2015 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #4

    Mcclaren is te man for the job

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  • IrishGeordie9

    Jan 1, 2015 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #5

    Ed, your article headlines are just getting ridiculous now. Youre always raising my hopes up and then when I click on it I am just left depressed. This hasnt been confirmed by the club so therefore it is VERY misleading! Just because a couple of English managers have ruled themselves out doesnt mean we are definately going to have a foreign manager. You even said it yourself Ed, he appointed Pardew when no-one was expecting it and he might well do the same with some other English manager. He could still give it to Carver yet!

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  • Obertan's better than Messi

    Jan 1, 2015 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #6

    Doesn’t matter we need Ashley out before this club has a chance.

    He sucking so much money out.

    All the Sky money for a couple of seasons hasn’t been spent.
    Transfers are paying for themselves so where’s the cash?

    He’s crippling us, so we avoid the Europa League which exposes the weak squad.

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  • NOVA2967

    Jan 1, 2015 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #7

    Timmy boy Sherwood, I heard no one takes you serious and you would love the chance to manage. Les knows the area and you can bring him along. But listen… we have strict rules and a strict budget you need not worry about because we will choose the transfer. All we need you to do is???

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  • The one and Ayoze 17

    Jan 1, 2015 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #8

    Klopp would be great, not sure he would come but i think there’s a lot of other good European coaches out there who’d be interested, Thomas Tuchel would be a good choice and he’s out of work at the minute.

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  • Obertan's better than Messi

    Jan 1, 2015 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #9

    McLaren for me too but I think he has too much integrity to be associated with Ashley.

    Who wants to be associated with Ashley?

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  • nut meg

    Jan 1, 2015 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #10

    Which Klopp are you guys wanting to replace Pardew,is it Jurgen or his younger brother Clipperty ?
    happy new year LL.

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  • The one and Ayoze 17

    Jan 1, 2015 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #11

    I can’t see why Ashley wouldn’t pay out a bit to get a decent forward thinking coach in that could bring through the youth through, especially after investing in the youth setup, it makes financial sense in the long run.

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  • NOVA2967

    Jan 1, 2015 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #12

    Bournemouth FC coach anyone? Young unproven but the best up and coming manger in year..
    But mid year with a rough looking squad and still possible relegation is not well suited.
    McClaren but really, I’d rather have Pardew… Moyes, Di Mateo are already snapped up….
    Bruce Nope
    Pulls doesn’t want us
    Sherwood, death
    De Beor doesn’t want to leave Ajax yet
    Benetiz possible his chance to come back into EPL
    Klopp struggling but probably doesn’t want to give up
    WHO DO WE CHOOSE

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  • nut meg

    Jan 1, 2015 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #13

    LL = all

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  • The one and Ayoze 17

    Jan 1, 2015 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #14

    Unless he’s planing to jump ship soon

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jan 1, 2015 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #15

    What is Charnley saying to Ashley here? “We need a Manager with one this big” … I wonder.

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  • catchy in norway

    Jan 1, 2015 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #16

    Karanka for me,

    I just hope that carver stone and woodman are booted out by who ever gets the job

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  • NOVA2967

    Jan 1, 2015 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #17

    Gary F””” Linakear

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  • catchy in norway

    Jan 1, 2015 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #18

    Steve McC would be my second choice

    I like the idea of just be the coach ,

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  • NOVA2967

    Jan 1, 2015 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #19

    Dario Gradi???
    Bruce Areana??? hahaha
    SVENNNNNN???
    Phil Jackson???
    Joe Gibbs?

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  • TheDrewid

    Jan 1, 2015 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #20

    There’s more chance of a one legged man winning an arse kicking contest than we’ve got of landing Jurgen Klopp.

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  • JDdubai

    Jan 1, 2015 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #21

    Remi Garde.

    Left Lyon last season after a good job, brings young players through, used to selling them on, was on Wenger’s staff for a while, out of work.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jan 1, 2015 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #22

    Funny that Pardew wants to take the analyst Ben Stevens to Palace as well. He must like being told that we had no shots in the first half and a couple in the second half.

    Brian McNally saying Ashley wants compo for them too.

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  • stan anderson

    Jan 1, 2015 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #23

    Any proven winner would do,no more yes men,Ashley has to put the cash in of course and back the chosen one,haha.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 1, 2015 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #24

    Catchy

    Definitely need somebody who is a true coach, not a figure head manager.

    Karanka too for me, I’d take any coach, providing they have the right mentality and knowledge to play a positive game. People always say “what if it’s a gamble, we could go down”…well we could do down with experience like warnock, McCarthy, etc…experience isn’t as important as ability.

    And at the end of the day, if it all goes tits up and we go down, well we do still get to play football next year, not ideal but not the end of everything. Plus after our start be hard to go down now.

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  • yorkymag

    Jan 1, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #25

    I am looking forward to the game for the first time in ages
    What a feeling
    Also delighted to see odds on mclaren dropping
    He imo would be just the job a proper coach and great at brining youngsters thru ,the football he has Derby playing is full of movement and variety
    He also has great contacts in the game and but for one unfortunate incident with a brolly !!!
    But he has never head butted of aggressively abused an lap
    My fingers are crossed on him

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  • yorkymag

    Jan 1, 2015 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #26

    Sorry lap should be oap

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  • Blofal

    Jan 1, 2015 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #27

    If anyone suggest Mclaren again i swear the claret will flow.

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    Jan 1, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #28

    Carver ! Caretaker Trainer till Seasons end ?

    Next Season De Boer from Ajax? De Boer would never leave a club Mid-season and is on record saying so.

    At the end of the day though, Fat Ash methinks will make a complete bollocks out of the whole situation?

    Something knawing at the back of my Mind, WHY and what made Pardew want to Leave? Is it for the Money? Maybe! Palace are in dire straights and may be in a relegation battle soon?But these days we have players turning us down to go to the likes of Swansea,Southampton and QPR?

    Maybe Ashley told him which players would be Leaving which is why Pardew decided to leave?
    Major profit makers would be Krul, Tiote and Sissoko, no-one is safe! Aarons, Armstrong, Colback.
    I,m hoping this aint so but nothing surprises me with Fat Ash as owner !

    Just how many players are going to be leaving us in January? When Pardew,s gone and the Deal is done are any of the Playing Staff, coaches etc going to be going to Palece with him?

    Time and a load of Bull will tell ??

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  • Marty-Toon

    Jan 1, 2015 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #29

    First non British?
    Joe Kinnear as you’ve saud earlier is Irish and non British

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  • HarrogateMag

    Jan 1, 2015 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #30

    Its got to be Benitez, he wants back into the PL and they’re not many big clubs available to him. could be the man to unlock our potential?

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  • HarrogateMag

    Jan 1, 2015 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #31

    Oh and P.S. , since hen was Ruud Gullit a Brit?

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  • lochinvar

    Jan 1, 2015 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #32

    Nutmeg@10
    “Which Klopp are you guys wanting to replace Pardew,is it Jurgen or his younger brother Clipperty ?”

    Ha ha – loved it – a classic
    Happy New Year

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  • beefman13

    Jan 1, 2015 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #33

    Maybe go down the french route, not sure who,could be anyone I think everyone has just about been covered? Where is Lauren blanc, not sure.

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  • tweeds

    Jan 1, 2015 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #34

    Lets see how John Carver and co do first, like him or loathe him you cannot deny his commitment to the club, the club must make alternative plans and if he doesn,t make the grade replace him, but if he is given more than a couple of games lets try and have a bit patience and give him a fair crack of the whip to put his and not Pardews ideas into action

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  • Sav

    Jan 1, 2015 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #35

    Good coach or not, we’ll have to wait and see. But Carver is clearly a man in love with a club, like all of us. I hope his term of office isn’t marked by the same level of frequently unjustified and poisonous criticism Pardew took. If there’s an ‘unamerican’, then I always find this childish and mean-spirited sniping ‘ungeordie’. But then again, the older I get, the more I find people are similar the world over, for good and bad. I just hope some of the over-vocal minority get their computer-game football manger heads out if their arses and give the next manager a fair go.

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  • Gosforth

    Jan 1, 2015 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #36

    I wanna Jürgen Klopp!!!!

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  • gizatoon

    Jan 1, 2015 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #37

    I think michael laudrup is the man for the job

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  • gizatoon

    Jan 1, 2015 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #38

    Michael laudrup

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  • chuck

    Jan 1, 2015 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #39

    Erm ! I believe Hughton played for Ireland, in which case would he not be considered the first non English coast ?

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  • chuck

    Jan 1, 2015 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #40

    It aint often you are right on this blog but you were wrong three times with this article, being Gullitt was from the Netherlands and both Kinnear and Hughton, both played for the Irish national side, meaning what ?

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