Newcastle Contact German Coach Twice And It’s Not Tuchel

News in the Mirror today that 48 year-old Bruno Labbadia, who was born in West Germany but is of Italian descent, has been contacted by Newcastle United, as the club seems to have widened their search for a head coach.

bruno labbadia

Bruno Labbadia – good experience in Bundesliga

Labbadia could well be the fourth candidate contacted since last last Friday, with the other ones thought to be Remi Garde, Christophe Galtier and Thomas Tuchel – although we cannot be certain it’s those specific people.

Labbadia has coached a number of German clubs  including Stuttgart from December, 2010 until August of 2013, when he was sacked, after Stuttgart lost their opening three Bundesliga matches of the 2013–2014 season.

Reports out of Germany are claiming that Newcastle have been in contact with Labbadia twice, as Newcastle seem to be considering a number of candidates before making a final decision on who should replace Alan Pardew – either immediately or in the summer.

Bruno Labbadia is presumably available to start work at Newcastle immediately – should he be offered the head coaching position on Tyneside – and he has shot into the betting at 10/1 on SkyBet.

Bruno has been in management in Germany since 2003 when he retired from playing, and has managed clubs such as Bayer Leverkusen and Hamburg before he took on the Stuttgart job.

Labbadia was a striker and played in the Bundesliga for several top German clubs including Hamburg, Bayern Munich and Werder Bremen, and he played 557 games and scored 204 goals in his career, and picked up two German caps.

And maybe Labbadia is the one who Newcastle have been talking to but hasn’t been in the media spotlight – which is what some papers were reporting last night.

With this appointment at Newcastle being so important, it’s probably a good thing that Newcastle are casting their net wide – in order to get the right coach to succeed Pardew.

We only have two games to play in January.

Here’s the current betting on SkyBet for Newcastle’s head coach position.

Remi Garde 1/2
Tim Sherwood 5/1
John Carver 9/2
Bruno Labbadia 10/1
Steve McClaren 12/1

Comments welcome.

Update – Newcastle United on Monday night denied they had been in touch with Bruno Labbadia.

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115 comments so far

  • funguswatty

    Jan 12, 2015 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #1

    ita wind up look at his wiki page

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 12, 2015 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #2

    He will be a bad bad choice I think!

    …we see alot of German football here and he play what I would describe as negative football.

  • beermonkey

    Jan 12, 2015 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #3

    I don’t think i have even heard of it

  • beermonkey

    Jan 12, 2015 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #4

    it = him


    Jan 12, 2015 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #5


  • toonbrother

    Jan 12, 2015 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #6

    @Remi Garde i take it all back
    Please come to us and come quick

  • Tsunki

    Jan 12, 2015 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #7

    Ha ha his wiki is being updated live by the looks. I like the `illustrious career` part. Thanks, mam!

  • toon kk

    Jan 12, 2015 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #8

    MA will make his choice as soon as he’s found out who’s willing to be the biggest muppet. Simple.

  • anthc

    Jan 12, 2015 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #9

    Tsunki, is that along with his love for brown ale, greggs and discount at sports direct!

  • jimmysmith

    Jan 12, 2015 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #10

    Labbadia, sounds like a reet cnut to me.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Jan 12, 2015 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #11

    Might as well throw a Danish name into the ring — Has Benny Arentoft got his badges? — If there were a Mexican candidate – He could say “badges ? badges ? I don` need no steenken badges“

  • firebug666

    Jan 12, 2015 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #12

    The club have already denied having contact with him.

    Report: Newcastle deny holding talks with Bruno Labbadia over becoming new manager

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 12, 2015 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #13

    Some of the criticism Labbadias got was both that the training was too intense and too often (how will that go down in England 😉 ) and everything had to be rehearsed leaving little to no time to focus on the important.

    There was a sense of being overwhelmed because of too many tasks and the results were lack of motivation.

    At Stuttgart some players even said they made no progress what so ever and there were no tactical plan.

  • Our Toon

    Jan 12, 2015 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #14

    Are some still holding out hope? Are you still believing the constant tripe being reported and leaked to the media daily?

    This regime hasn’t changed, leaking false info daily, it’s a way of saying “look we are trying, but can’t get a new manager over the line” in steps carver!!

  • Belfast

    Jan 12, 2015 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #15

    He’s got nothing on Big Ron if you ask me.

  • beefman13

    Jan 12, 2015 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #16

    What a circus, why should this “new” candidate be considered? Just because he is unatached so no compensation, keep it in house, give it to Pedro wi Carver n stone his assistants, Geordie Mafia!!! Get in there, why not, none of the other candidates are world beaters and most have issues anyway. It’s all getting a bit boring now.

    Oh and get a few signings in Mr A

  • Belfast

    Jan 12, 2015 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #17

    Untrustworthy haircut as well.

    It’s a no from me.

  • Our Toon

    Jan 12, 2015 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #18

    Tomorrow a new manager link or another man we’ve spoken to….keep the faith to the gullible masses!!

  • jimmysmith

    Jan 12, 2015 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #19

    I tend to think realistically we are in a league of four alongside Spurs, Everton, and Villa. Spurs have perhaps left us and the others behind somewhat, but compared with the other two we are doing well, very well contrasted with Villa, who must be sickening to watch. 11 goals for and 23 against. That’s true misery.

    To be honest, I think Newcastle are on the threshold of good things, if we are bold enough to take that step finally.

  • Sazzer

    Jan 12, 2015 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #20

    Lyons ambitious project started in 98/99 season.
    97/98 6th place 12.76 – 0 = +12,76 m £
    98/99 – 3rd place (CL) 0 – 6.0= -6.60 m £
    99/00 – 3rd place (CL) 5,08-23,76 = -18,68 m £
    00/01 – 2 st place (CL) 0 – 24,64 = -24,64 m £
    *Oliver Bernard leaves on free to join us.
    01/02 1st place (CL) 25,33 – 24,90 = +422 m £
    02/03 1st place (CL) 0 – 3,43 = -3,43 m £
    03/04 1st place (CL) 3,65 – 22,44 = -18,79 m £ Assistant Coach
    04/05 1st place (CL) 19,80 – 23,10 = -3,30 m £ Assistant Coach
    05/06 1st place (CL) 38,19 – 43,56 = -3,30 m £ Assistant Manager
    06/07 1st place (CL) 26,36 – 41,65 = -15,29 m £ Assistant manager
    07/08 1st place (CL) 57,20 – 43,47 = 13,73 m £ Assistant Manager
    *Ben-arfa was part of Alan Perrin getting fired despite winning the double.
    08/09 3st place (CL) 29,92 – 50,86 = -20,94 m £ First team coach
    09/10 2 st place (CL) 46,64 -71,90 = -25,26 m £ Technical coach/director of their youth academy
    10/11 3 st place (CL) 9,52- 25,03 =-15,51 m £ Technical coach/director of their youth academy
    *Puel leaves without a title.

    11/12 4th place (CL) 19,36- 4,05-= +15,31 – Manager
    *But wins Coupe de France
    Tough competion though:
    Montepellier shocks everyone and wins the title under Rene Girard – Mbiwa, Giroud, Belhanda, Cabella, Stambouli everything went their way this season.
    PSG 2nd place under Carlo Ancelotti despite spending
    -85,98 m £ up to this point.
    Lille 3rd place under Rudi Garcia – with players like Hazard, Debuchy, Digne, Payet

    12/13 3rd place (CL) 26,49 -7,70 =+18,79 – Manager
    Psg spend another -127,77 m £ and win the title.
    Marseille finish 2nd – L.Remy, Gignac, Valbuena, Azpilicueta, A.Ayew, J.Ayew, Amalfitano, J.Barton

    13/14 5th place (CL) 21,56 -2,64 = +18,04 – Manager
    PSG spend another -96,27 m £ and win the title.
    Monaco spends -152,20 finish in 2nd place.
    Lille finish 3rd place under Rene Girard this time. Rene does with an underdog team on paper.
    St.Etienne Galtier does well with his team without PEA and get in front of Lyon.

    I think Lyon should have been able to finish above S.Etienne and Lille in this season. So I guess Garde can be blamed for that but there might be a reason being like extremly unlucky, or things like selling Lovren might have been enough disruption to lose important games.

    Also an obvious difference between last year team and this team is that there is no Gomis in the current team and everyone is one year older especially Nabil Fekir and
    Corentin Tolisso what it looks like have improved a lot.

    And the season ain’t over yet.

    After Garde:
    14/15 “1st” place (CL) 1,32 -2,64 = -1,32

    Garde was also in the same Champions League group as Frank De Boer’s Ajax and he went through alongside Mourinhos Real Madrid by the smallest possible margin and the games between Ajax and Lyon ended 0-0.

    Garde have also won Premier League and the FA cup as player with Arsenal and a UEFA intertoto cup with Strasbourg.

    And his win% is higher than Jurgen Klopp according to transfermarkt after Dortmunds recent form.

    With all that said about Garde their might still be better candidates outthere.

    Tuchel and Sherwood could still win me over through a match analysis and strategy presentation.

  • Belfast

    Jan 12, 2015 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #21

    There will be no signings beefman. Doesn’t matter who the manager is.

  • toon kk

    Jan 12, 2015 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #22

    Our toon
    If Mash thought JFK could do the job he’d get him, he wouldn’t care what the fans thought. He would still fill SJP if he appointed micky mouse.

  • Scottiedog

    Jan 12, 2015 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #23

    I am convinced that this is an up and coming itv2 reality show!

  • Our Toon

    Jan 12, 2015 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #24


    We are behind Spurs & Everton, ahead of Villa but that’s only because Randy Lerner wants to sell them and won’t invest any further funds into the club. Our owner wants to keep us without spending!!

  • jimmysmith

    Jan 12, 2015 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #25

    Having basically transformed the nature of the squad from experienced pros on inflated wages to a young promising squad on aspirational money and prospects. It’s hard to imagine he won’t appoint a like minded coach. Surely the sides first half performance against Chelsea, and in particular Cabellas, unshackled by Pardews expectations of solid percentage football, underlines the point, that Ashley is looking for a more attractive brand of football to flog. My money’s on Garde, the Wenger disciple and genuine coach of young talent.

  • Our Toon

    Jan 12, 2015 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #26

    Toon KK

    People get offended if anyone even contemplates a boycott!! God forbid they don’t get to do the Saturday ritual, it’s more important to meet mates, have a pint and watch shite than it is to take some short term pain and avoid games and force change!!

  • Sazzer

    Jan 12, 2015 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #27

    Bruno Labbadia have decent win% it’s not great but above 41 % at all clubs he have been. Nothing to be excited about on the surface of it all.

    He could probably do decent job at a Championship club.

  • Our Toon

    Jan 12, 2015 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #28

    My money is on Carver….Ashley’s disciple!! He’s cheap, won’t ask questions and will do as he’s told until the summer!!

  • sparky55

    Jan 12, 2015 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #29


    I certainly hope so too

  • beefman13

    Jan 12, 2015 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #30

    Belfast, the fella in charge has to bring in a centre half at the very least, of course I take the point that he may not, we have a very strong recruitment policy in the winter window and according to the Mail, we are mist likely to bring players in, thing is MA being as unpredictable as he is he may
    not bring anyone in, thinking we have enough back up? This centre half situation has to be addressed.Who knows!

    I will though go with the managerial solution said in a earlier post, why this Germany coach over a Geordie legend in Pedro, who has cut his teeth very well with the under 21’s.

    Am not going to comment on any managerial appointment till its made, it gets to annoying, pain in the arse.

  • jimmysmith

    Jan 12, 2015 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #31

    I don’t think we are behind Everton. I don’t think they have what we have in place. They are canny in the market, and are prepared to push the boat out further transfer wise, but we have another gear or two, that we aren’t using as yet. If of course we are prepared to.

  • sparky55

    Jan 12, 2015 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #32


    My money’s with you mate…said it all along…usual panto…usual panto villain with the usual ending where the same fat lady (or bloke in our case) failing to get the signing / manager over the line.

    Carver til he knows if he can buy rangers

  • mydogscalledperez

    Jan 12, 2015 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #33

    me mate big burger reckons Terry Venables is in the Toon tonight to see us through to the end of the season. As long as we get FDB I would be happy… 🙂

  • Our Toon

    Jan 12, 2015 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #34


    No player is coming because we have a young CB out on loan at forest and a CB out on loan to Roma!! Add to that Good who’s just returned and Remie Streete, and another who escapes my mind. Last winter we were told MA sanctioned a deal for 4 players….We got LDJ on loan, I can probably see Niang coming in but that’s at a push!! The delay in naming a manager is a direct ploy to delay new incoming players that a manager would want.

  • GeordieTwo

    Jan 12, 2015 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #35

    I have a new cunning plan mates. To get rid of Mashers that its. I plan to build a trebuchet outside his castle and launch honey badgers at him. If I run out of those I’m going to do a volley of hungry dingoes. It’ will all be over in a matter of days. Huzzah!!!!

  • toon kk

    Jan 12, 2015 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #36

    Our toon
    I agree, Carver suites MA regime.
    Pards leaving will have been probably been discussed behind the scenes for a few weeks. Mash has probably been waiting for this to happen, 3 mill comp ain’t a bad investment to get rid of a clown.

  • GeordieTwo

    Jan 12, 2015 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #37

    As far as Labaddia goes, it’s all press bollocks as usual.

  • GeordieTwo

    Jan 12, 2015 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #38

    Is big burger really in the know mdcp mate @32?

  • jimmysmith

    Jan 12, 2015 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #39

    I agree it could go to Carver, at least short term, particularly if we get a result against Southampton and play well, but if they were planning to give it to him, wouldn’t they have likely done it by now. It would also suggest that the talks with Garde and others have been perfunctory, which is not how they are being reported. But yeah, do agree, Carver might still get it.

  • Our Toon

    Jan 12, 2015 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #40


    We are miles behind Everton, they have an ambitious owner for starters, they also have a better youth set up, Barkley, Coleman and Stones to name a few that are coming through. Compared to Sammy, Aarons (fit for 2 games then out for 3 months) and the 2 Tinie Tempahs in Campbell and Armstrong!!

    They have a manager…..A manager we’d like to have…or most would like to have. They spend money as and when they need to and always on the right areas, they say players like Barkley are not for sale at any price….kept Leighton Baines and ignored man utd offers. The biggest mistake they’ve made is not rotating the squad for European games….that’s costing them now however come the end of the season, Everton will finish above us….We will however beat them in regards to the balance books!!!! Hooray


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