The Top Four Candidates – Three Are English

The betting has changed a bit today on SkyBet for the new Newcastle head coach,  and it could even be that Mike Ashley will again appoint an English manager – for the fifth time in seven and a half years.

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Steve McClaren – still the favorite

The latest betting on SkyBet as we write this,  is as follows:

Steve McClaren 11/4
Remi Garde 5/1
Tim Sherwood 8/1
Glenn Hoddle 9/1

There have been six managers at Newcastle since Mike Ashley bought the club – Sam Allardyce (appointed by Freddy Shepherd), Kevin Keegan, Joe Kinnear, Alan Shearer, Chris Hughton and Alan Pardew – and five of them are English with Kinnear being Irish.

We had thought that because Newcastle are going to appoint a head coach rather than a manager,  some coaches on the continent would be considered, since they are used to the continental way of running football clubs.

But at the moment there’s only former Lyon manager Remi Garde in the top five in the betting.

Maybe Mike Ashley is more comfortable with British managers, although if you believe the news today,  Mike has left it to Lee Charnley and Graham Carr to choose the new coach.

It’s starting to look like the new coach may not be too different from the last coach – Alan Pardew.

That may all change tomorrow of course.

John Carver has not been told whether he should prepare the team for Saturday’s game at Chelsea, so that may indicate an appointment could be made soon.

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18 comments so far

  • scout

    Jan 5, 2015 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #1


  • Brutooon

    Jan 5, 2015 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #2

    Doesnt matter English or not, we need a manager who know about tactics.

    And a manager who know both Gouffron & Williamson are Sh*t

  • p

    Jan 5, 2015 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #3


    TS, it’s irrelevant what Mike’s left pocket owes to his right pocket. That is none of our business, the club is not ours, it’s his regardless of the argument that it belongs to the community and all that.

    What is relevant is that the club is profitable and investing in playing staff. Our wage bill is pretty typical at 65% of turnover.

    Since we are 11 in terms of salary and 10th in the league we are about performing as we should. Of course, from an accountant’s viewpoint.

    I think it is pretty clear that despite the micro position (i.e. stupid decisions like selling Cabaye without a replacement etc), from a macro point of view, the club is where Mikey wants it; Stable and in a position to grow from financial strength.

  • scout

    Jan 5, 2015 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #4

    Id get Huddlestone from Hull, great passer. He would get us ticking imagine him in instead of mr T

  • jimmysmith

    Jan 5, 2015 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #5

    There is no debt, at least not owed by the club to Ashley. He paid about 135 million and took on the existing overdraft, meaning he paid in the low 200 millions. That’s the value he placed on the club at purchase. If he overpaid, that’s his concern. I don’t think he did, at that price, nor do I think there was a true lack of due diligence, at least in the way that’s been suggested. He would have known about the overdraft, although perhaps not the terms the bank placed on it. What he would get for it now would represent a profit or loss on his investment, but there’s no actual debt that is owed to the owner by the club as such. That’s nonsense, or at best semantics.

  • p

    Jan 5, 2015 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #6

    I want to make clear from my post @3, I am not saying Mike is a standup owner, I just think people should deal in facts. The club is run soundly from a financial point of view, like a business.

    Turn attention to other things, then of course, the criticism should rain down…

    That said, blind hate towards him does make the NUFC faithful look like a bunch of ignorant morons.

    We do need be clearer in what we don’t like about his tenure, why and what the alternative needs to be and, be realistic about it.

  • firebug666

    Jan 5, 2015 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #7


    A good manager may get more out of Gouffran, but I doubt much can be done with Williamson. I agree that the nationality is not important.

  • firebug666

    Jan 5, 2015 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #8


    Thank you for you comment on previous thread mate, and likewise with your self, I enjoy a good honest debate or discussion.

  • firebug666

    Jan 5, 2015 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #9
  • Our Toon

    Jan 5, 2015 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #10

    Portsmouth had a gate of 12,000, they were paying mega bucks to mercenaries, mismanaged by owners. They couldn’t attract the type of advertising revenues we could. They were spending 10s of millions on transfer fees. Portsmouth over spent by 235% of there revenues….Every man and his dog could see isn’t wasn’t sustainable.

    Leeds utd would have not been crippled if they got promoted 1st time of asking, here’s another club that spent millions and do remember they didn’t have the TV deals we have today, it somewhat distorts facts when comparing the amount of money in football now compared to when Leeds went belly up. Again we have bigger gate receipts and we spend a lot more in merchandise than they ever will. Leeds tried to grow to quickly and got stung.

    We did none of the above and we had some really good sponsorship deals, unlike the Wonga deal now which is worth less than what we had with Virgin. Add to that the lack of money that now comes into the club from non advertisement.

    I’d argue we aren’t in a better position because if MA pulled the plug today we’d owe more money than when Freddie was here. We also have less revenue compared to then because remember there’s more money in football now and don’t fully utilise or potential both on and off the pitch

  • toonbrother

    Jan 6, 2015 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #11

    We need a manager who knows Colocinni is the worst defender this club has ever seen

  • N1CK06

    Jan 6, 2015 at 12:24 AM

    Comment #12

    We need a blogger who knows how to contribute constructively instead of constantly dribbling pointless negative attacks at Colocinni without adding any substance to the conversation.

  • rowly

    Jan 6, 2015 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #13

    Trollbrother collocini is the best defender we have had in living memory

  • Sav

    Jan 6, 2015 at 1:10 AM

    Comment #14

    McLaren…? And you said Pardew had an ego??? At least he’ll be able to converse with de Jong, Janmaat, Krul and Anita in their mother tongue after that infamous interview showed he is fluent.

  • mfw13

    Jan 6, 2015 at 1:56 AM

    Comment #15

    Why would anybody want to work for Ashley, especially knowing that your best players are constantly going to be sold off?

    Anybody who takes the job without a guarantee that Sissoko and Perez will not be sold is a fool….

  • EllaGuru

    Jan 6, 2015 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #16

    Not to reiterate what others have already mentioned Ed, but Chris Hughton represented the Republic of Ireland.
    It is important to point this out, as any self respecting Irish person would not want to be solely represented by Jokin’ ‘Ere.

  • robertsleftfoot

    Jan 6, 2015 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #17

    My world has collapsed this morning, the American bloke is really wanting to sign Rangers, that means we are stuck with MA

    I have read the previous comments on this thread and someone has said you cant knock MA for what financial position he has the club in. No you cant really.

    However we still owe him around £140 mill in soft loans (this figure has risen over the last 4 years even though we made profit most years, some years he didnt sign a player and hes made the likes of £20 mill from Cabaye.)

    He does have the club on a sound financial footing but anyone who cant see MA has made most of his money back from his original purchase price of £180 mill is blind.

    His soft loans also state they remain as a soft loan as long as he owns the club, so no doubt if he sells he will still have us by the balls as we will have to start paying the loan back with interest.

    I thought Rangers was our way out, I thought he would keep quiet and then in the summer get rid of us, buyout rangers for £12.50 and a bag of nuts and give them years of hell.

    For me, I want my club to be exciting, surprise me once in a while with a very very very good player I didnt think we could get, have a cup run or at least have a go, for all us to be signing and laughing at the match again. A manager who knows a little bit about the game, someone like Koeman who can get teams playing, exciting attacking organised football.

    I dont want a sh*t team, which is thread bare and everytime someone stands out from the rest hes off on MAs helicopter to the highest bidder, I dont want us to be finincially brilliant (granted I dont want a protsmouth/leeds situation) but come on even Man Utd have debt past their necks. I want the owner to communicate with the fans, not ignore us for the last 5 years and put muppets like Llambias and Charney as the leader of our club, one a casino owner and god knows what Charney was previous.

    Look at the way the club is handled, still gets my goat the Keegan had the modric deal wrapped up but Wise and Jimenez said he wasnt good enough, yeah doesnt look good enough standing in the middle of Reals midfield does he. Charney also, offering the Lassonga less money than he was currently on in the German league to sign for us in the summer, and then being suprised he walked out, coming up with some crappy excuse he was not our type of player.

    Sorry I am ranting but first day back at work and my heed is up my a*se and nothing will ever change.

  • Owldman

    Jan 6, 2015 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #18

    Mclaren, Hoddle, what the f— is going on the bookies deciding who’s going to be the next manager now.who next Ashlys favorite boy Dennis Wise,


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