De Boer Seems To Pull Out Of Newcastle Race


Ajax coach Frank de Boer seems to be going all out for the Barcelona job, and even if Newcastle were to wait until the summer to try to appoint him – he may not take the Newcastle head coach position.

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Frank de Boer – after Barcelona job?

The Mirror is reporting that the Dutchman has decided to stay in Holland until the end of the season, but it seems he is looking more at the top Barcelona job, which could open up with current coach Luis Enrique under enormous pressure, having reportedly fallen out with star player Lionel Messi.

De Boer has won four Dutch league titles in the four seasons he’s been in charge of the Dutch giants, and  he seems to have pulled himself out of the Newcastle race, as he had this to say:

“I feel flattered that my name is continuously linked with Newcastle, but it is not a club I have ambitions for now.”

“They are a sleeping giant and I love their fans. They also have fantastic facilities, but I don’t want to think about joining them. I prefer to put my energy into other things.”

Maybe like getting the job at Barcelona?

If Newcastle were to wait for Frank to be available in the summer, they may not get him.

So maybe the Magpies will go all out to sign Remi Garde who the Mirror are reporting was in Newcastle on Friday talking about the job with Managing Director Lee Charnley and Chief Scout Graham Carr – who have been tasked with appointing a new coach by owner Mike Ashley.

Remi Garde is also available immediately, having left his head coach position last May at Lyon,  for what were called personal reasons.

John Carver has been Newcastle’s caretaker manager for the last three games, but is unlikely to get the head coach position.

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44 comments so far

  • Sazzer

    Jan 10, 2015 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #1

    JamesToon
    Q:”Anyone know who Garde’s back room staff was at Lyon I.e. Assistant manager, coach?”

    A: Assistant coach Bruno Génésio, goalkeeper coach Joël Bats, supervising coach Gérald Baticle and fitness trainer Robert Duverne.

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  • Belfast

    Jan 10, 2015 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #3

    He was never in the race. Anybody who read all the quotes yesterday new that.

    Thanks for the interest, but no thanks.

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  • beermonkey

    Jan 10, 2015 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #4

    sazzer

    2011-2012

    Manager France Rémi Garde
    Assistant manager France Patrick Collot
    Second team manager France Bruno Genesio
    First team coach France Christophe Toni
    Striker coach Brazil Sonny Anderson
    Goalkeeper coach France Joël Bats
    Team doctor France Emmanuel Ohrant
    Physiotherapist France Sylvain Rousseau
    Physiotherapist France Patrick Perret
    Physiotherapist France Abdeljelil Redissi
    Fitness coach France Alexandre Dellal
    Fitness coach France Robert Duverne

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Jan 10, 2015 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #5

    The Ravens have really rattled Brady`s cage – I`m loving this

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 10, 2015 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #6

    There is no way MA will pay for a new manager plus FOUR backroom staff that would completely blow the budget out of the water. De Boer was never going to come no more than any of the other big names mentioned knowing the “situation” at this selling club

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  • beermonkey

    Jan 10, 2015 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #7

    sazzer

    sorry I should have read ur post better

    one to many red wines

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 10, 2015 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #8

    Before the manager position is resolved we need to know what plans the owner has so an early open forum with the fans is paramount. It all needs to be clear well before the window closes so it’s probably not going to happen, If I were Garde I would want assurances from Ashley that Sissoko, Tiote ,Krul & Aarons are staying which regretably he won’t get

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 10, 2015 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #9

    It’s all a shame because we played Chelsea off the park for 30 odd minutes. If it were my club I’d see it were worth a deal more investment in . Two good CBs & a recognized striker & keep all our best players Mike. Another £20M will make all the difference so come on back the club & it’s huge fan base. After all you need us to keep buying in Sports Direct

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  • Sazzer

    Jan 10, 2015 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #10

    Beermonkey
    I see it as an update.

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  • JamesToon

    Jan 10, 2015 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #11

    Cheers sazzer hope that Garde replaces carver and stone with them if he comes.

    And west lancs

    It’s free to get Garde as he’s out of a job. Sazzer are those back room staff still at Lyon or did they leave when Garde left?

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  • Sazzer

    Jan 10, 2015 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #12

    Here are some links for those that want read some interviews with Remi Garde all in English:
    http://www.olweb.fr/en/article/press-conference-remi-garde-56506.html

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  • Sazzer

    Jan 11, 2015 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #15
  • Dulcinera

    Jan 11, 2015 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #16

    I dont think these quotes are made out to be as bad as they sound

    He’s flattered but at the same time says he’s not thinking about newcastle at the moment.

    By the way he thinks toon are a sleeping giant….

    Sounds like a man who is contracted to a team but is open to offers at the end of a season

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  • beermonkey

    Jan 11, 2015 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #17

    sazzer

    I had a look 2012/13 season and it was the same

    I can see him wanting to bring in 1 or 2 pretty standard
    the staff that pardew left behind don’t have long left on there deals carver got 5 years 3 years ago so wont be to much to get rid of him and stone I wouldn’t think

    oddly enough carver has given me some hope that we can go at teams first half today and burnley
    decent manager with decent subs we could see the team play well for 90 mins

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  • JamesToon

    Jan 11, 2015 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #18

    Sazzer

    Cheers for posting those links mate

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  • Sazzer

    Jan 11, 2015 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #19

    There are a lot of them: Some of them seem to be there and some have looks to have left Lyon.

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  • Average_Contents

    Jan 11, 2015 at 12:13 AM

    Comment #20

    Beermonkey

    He initially got a 5 year deal a week after joining off he who shall not be named but then when he who shall not be named got his 8 year deal so did carver. Pretty sure anyway.

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  • sparky55

    Jan 11, 2015 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #21

    Grade now or maybe FDB in the summer?

    Grade now please

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  • sparky55

    Jan 11, 2015 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #23

    wisjh i could spell when p!ssed!

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  • Sazzer

    Jan 11, 2015 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #24

    Sonny Anderson scored some great goals.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 11, 2015 at 12:18 AM

    Comment #25

    I think it looks like there is a head of steam building up for Remi Garde. Hope nothing is stalling for the sake of a paltry few quid.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 11, 2015 at 12:20 AM

    Comment #26

    sparky – you should be alright on the spelling as most who are reading will be pissed as well – expat will have had a shandy or his pink gins, so he’ll be on shortly looking for somebody to argue with.

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  • beermonkey

    Jan 11, 2015 at 12:21 AM

    Comment #27

    average
    i thought it was only he who shall not be named and carr that got 8

    on his wiki page says 5 and half year deal
    but wiki is as reliable as when ur misses says she wont buy shoes when she goes out

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  • 70TWO

    Jan 11, 2015 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #28

    Barcelona who?

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  • lesh

    Jan 11, 2015 at 12:32 AM

    Comment #29

    Jeff from Benwell…..

    That link to the Express…… Pardew fancies managing England?

    Creased up and fell off me chair!

    😀 😀

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  • Sazzer

    Jan 11, 2015 at 12:32 AM

    Comment #30

    Garde from his first press at Lyon:
    How did you set up your staff?
    Professional skills were a very important criterion, but I also wanted people I felt close to, on which I can rely.

    ———
    I think he will keep somebody at the club that can show him around a bit in the beginning this time around.

    It wouldn’t suprise me if that guy in the end will be Carver.

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  • Sazzer

    Jan 11, 2015 at 12:35 AM

    Comment #31

    Garde:

    “The first season in charge of OL…”

    “Before it happened, I used to struggle to imagine what it would be like. I was assistant coach and I saw it up close. But until you have actually been head coach, you don’t know what it is. I like my staff, they tell me what they think. Then it’s up to me to make the decisions, but I like hearing what the people I have confidence in think – and not just positive stuff either. I like having all the elements, to leave nothing out, cover all the bases.”

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  • lesh

    Jan 11, 2015 at 12:35 AM

    Comment #32

    beermonkey

    Christ if that’s Garde’s back room staff….

    Better build more accommodation at the training ground if he’s brining that lot!

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  • beermonkey

    Jan 11, 2015 at 12:41 AM

    Comment #33

    lesh

    i can see him bringing 1 maybe 2

    i just hope its bloody true

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jan 11, 2015 at 12:50 AM

    Comment #34

    Shame about Frankenstein, but Garde in the next week would be very pleasing, especially if he brings a couple of players with him.

    Did anyone see this?

    http://www.thesportbible.com/articles/fastest-player-in-the-premier-league-this-season-has-been-revealed

    Sissoko top of the speed league chart during a match.

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  • lesh

    Jan 11, 2015 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #35

    beermonkey

    I hope that if Garde comes in he’s sought and got assurances from MA himself that he’ll be given money, included in any transfer discussions and that key players won’t be sold without his say-so.

    Not a lot to ask is it?

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  • toonking

    Jan 11, 2015 at 12:57 AM

    Comment #36

    proves it all, we are a club who will not be big whilst ashley is here and managers that arrive will be ones who simply want to manage a club in the premier league.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jan 11, 2015 at 1:00 AM

    Comment #37

    Garde:

    What is your philosophy of play?

    “It is based on the pleasure I want the players take out on the field. If players do not take pleasure on the field, I think it will be difficult for spectators to have any. But beware, this pleasure also comes from balance in the style of play. You should also take pleasure in a good defensive gesture. It also means being attentive to others, self-transcendence, through humility on the pitch.”

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  • beermonkey

    Jan 11, 2015 at 1:03 AM

    Comment #38

    lesh

    no not a lot to ask

    its not so much players sold were not the only club that’s sells but that he can get a replacement
    that’s the biggest problem

    i don’t see a lot changing that if a players value is matched or bettered then they will be sold
    more so if they want to go

    as for cash to spend yes there should be some floating around but until some1 starts shipping out the dead wood then i don’t see much happening

    we all know we need a striker we have 5 6 according to the nufc website and fatty wont allow any more
    i wont count Sammy as a striker so we have 5

    with mbiwa sold we got room for a def but wegot one coming in the summer
    so i don’t see any1 coming in

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  • expatmag

    Jan 11, 2015 at 2:35 AM

    Comment #39

    Beer

    On the striker issue;

    Ferrerya is virtually gone
    Petez is an attacking midfielder
    Riviere is a wide attacker, not a striker
    Gouffran was a striker but no longer
    Armstrong and Campbell need to be loaned out
    Sammy is a winger

    The only out and out striker we have is Cisse

    On the central defender issue:

    Williamson is out of contract at the end of the season.
    Collocini is ageing and out of contract in 18 months
    I think Taylor is out of contract at the seasons end.
    Dummett is a left back cone CH.
    Mbiwa is gone
    Satka, Streete, Good and Lascelles are all untried at PL level.

    To get ahead, we need 2 strikers and 2 central defenders. We need Williamson, Gouffran, Jonas and possibly Taylor sold or allowed to leave on frees.

    We need to loan out Satka and Streete to high quality championship teams for experience. We need to assess Lascelles and Good in pre season to ascertain whether they are good enough fir the 25 man squad.

    We need to sell Tiote to open up a place on the squad for a creative midfielder.

    thats how I see it. Another major restructure in the summer

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  • Average_Contents

    Jan 11, 2015 at 3:23 AM

    Comment #40

    Quite a good read this.

    At its most vibrant, Newcastle United exists as a playground for the imagination. The club’s supporters become understandably agitated if it is suggested that they have impossible expectations but there has always been a need to dream, to at least feel that there isn’t an impossible lack of expectation.

    Under Mike Ashley, the club has had that sense of the impossible taken from it. No longer is it a club that could “expect anything” as Kevin Keegan said on his return to the club, even if the anything would also include his own departure.

    Alan Pardew’s decision to leave for Crystal Palace had briefly offered the tantalising prospect that the club would commit once more to their values, something which became even more tantalising when Fabricio Coloccini was made favourite for the job.

    In fact, there were many candidates who could, in their different ways, provide exactly what Newcastle United needed. For the engaged but disinterested observer, it was possible to feel great enthusiasm for several candidates, to feel that there were a number of men whose candidacy deserved wholehearted backing and our full support.

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    Tim Sherwood would receive our full support but Coloccini would also receive our full and whole-hearted support. Temur Ketsbaia and Glenn Hoddle would bring something different to the job but it would contain the divine madness and would again merit wholehearted, and indeed full, support.

    These are men who would seem untameable and that is what Newcastle United needs in a football manager. Instead they are being linked with Remi Garde, an impressive coach who will undoubtedly fit into the functional model Newcastle United are currently pursuing.

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    For whatever reason, Pardew’s eccentricities never dovetailed with Newcastle’s, perhaps because there was always a sense of self-satisfaction behind them which isn’t in keeping with the ethos of the great club.

    Newcastle requires a manager who is a prisoner of his emotions. This might seem applicable to Pardew who, it must be recalled, diagnosed standing up as the cause of his problems last year when he had his altercation with David Meyler.

    In this, he seemed to be following in the grandest Newcastle traditions but the incident itself had been so pointless that it had no place among the pantheon of dysfunctional Newcastle moments. Their great moments have come from the meeting of ambition and, well, thwarted ambition.

    When they turned up in their thousands to welcome Alan Shearer and Michael Owen, Newcastle United fans were making their own statement about their devotion to hope, which was not rational but was founded in a belief in the club.

    Keegan is remembered for his interview in 1996 which had no bearing on the title race that year but which was important entirely for symbolic reasons.

    It wasn’t important that he was angry at Alex Ferguson, what mattered was that he was revealing himself. It was defiant but it was not defiant the way, say, a headbutt might be considered defiant. It was defiant the way a crowd at a karaoke night might become defiant when I Will Survive comes on. It told its own story of heartbreak and human suffering.

    When Pardew promised to address his standing up problems, he did so with too much confidence. He was also too swift with his own diagnosis, too lacking in the great vulnerability that was possessed by Keegan and, in another grander way, by Bobby Robson.

    They created Newcastle teams that played in their image but it was as if they had been created by their sub-conscious because they captured their neuroses and insecurities as well. Pardew was too knowing and possessed too much of a swagger to chime with the Geordie Nation.

    In its prime, Newcastle United was the comedy of Tony Hancock, a melancholic study of good intentions and desperate consequences. In recent years, they have resembled the self-analysis of Tony Hancock, as if 3 o’clock every Saturday is another showing of his poignant Face to Face interview with John Freeman.

    They have the tortured countenance of the comic who wants to be taken seriously or isn’t considered funny any longer.

    Under Ashley, Newcastle United have become a club where the highest ambition is for their season to be viewed with merely a benign shrug. They aspire to nothing more than not to be noticed, to slip effortlessly into the top half of the table, achieving nothing of note and nothing of consequence.

    Their attitude to the FA Cup is the most damning reflection of this. The FA Cup exists to be won by the club. If there is one thing that would save the competition from its desperate current plight, it would be a triumphant run by Newcastle United, a run which would capture their imagination and perhaps give meaning to a competition which is in danger of becoming a twee ornament.

    “The FA Cup is like Father Christmas, if you believe in it, it’s there,” a BBC radio commentator said last week. The most important thing about his comment was that it accurately reflected the tone of the BBC’s coverage which seemed to be pitched towards eight-year-olds who could only bear so much reality.

    Newcastle, of course, failed in the competition again last week when they lost to Leicester City and provided another glimpse of their own modern reality as a club that functions and nothing else. In doing so, it actually fails to function as a football club should function and it certainly fails as Newcastle United should function.

    Newcastle United has become a club that lacks all magic and wonder and is in fact suspicious of these things as they are intangibles and as such can’t be categorised or quantified.

    In the glory years, supporters would march to St James’ Park to hail the latest signing, boosted by the latest developments but sustained by that magic and wonder and belief that they could expect anything. The fact that there was little glory in the glory years was irrelevant. They could expect anything and they knew that they could expect it on a weekly basis.

    dfanning@independent.ie

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