There’s Still Hope For Our 13th Manager In 18 Years

Since Kevin Keegan walked away from the Newcastle job in January of 1997, after five fantastic years in charge of the club, Newcastle have had 11 managers – Kenny Daglish, Ruud Gullit, Sir Bobby Robson, Graeme Souness, Glenn Roeder, Sam Allardyce, Kevin Keegan, Joe Kinnear, Alan Shearer, Chris Hughton and Alan Pardew.

Newcastle v West Ham

Sir Bobby Robson – most successful manager since Kevin Keegan

So if we include Kevin Keegan from January of 1997, and include the new head coach coming in (hopefully soon), that’s going to be 13 (unlucky for some) appointments in the last 18 years at Newcastle, and the 7th under Mike Ashley in just less than eight years..

The two managers with the longest tenures of those have been Bobby Robson for five years (August, 1999 August 2004) and Alan Pardew for four years (December 2010 – January 2015), and they are also the most successful managers.

They are the only two managers to have us finish in the top five in the Premier League – Bobby did it three times in his reign ( 4th in 2002, 3rd in 2003 and 5th in 2004) and Alan Pardew did it once when we finished 5th in 2012.

So that’s 11 managers in the last eighteen years and we are about to appoint another one – now called the head coach.

Former Chairman Freddie Shepherd used to sack mangers almost every 18 months except Bobby Robson, who he said you couldn’t sack – but then he did exactly that in a shock move in August, 2004 – because we had missed out on the Champions League by finishing only in 5th place.

That wasn’t good enough for Newcastle at that time, but since Bobby left in 2004, we’ve done that only once.

The hope at Newcastle is that we can get in a really good coach and man-manager who can exist within the many constraints of owner Mike Ashley, and get the very best out of the Newcastle players.

And Southampton have shown in the last few years that with a good Youth System and a very good coach you can challenge the big boys at the top of the Premier League.

If only Newcastle would try to do that – it would be an improvement over the last seven years or so.

What do you think?

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10 comments so far

  • why oh why

    Jan 16, 2015 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #1

    Go on ginola !

  • 70TWO

    Jan 16, 2015 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #2

    Rafa Benitez! That would be a shock but not quite unbelievable if the club are going to wait until summer to make a permanent appointment.

  • 70TWO

    Jan 16, 2015 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #3

    Ohhh! To have aspiration that will never be fulfilled, when will MA speculate to accumulate.

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 16, 2015 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #4


    no way will we go down, 8 teams below us won’t get more points than us, simply wont happen

    we’ll end up on high 40’s for points

  • lesh

    Jan 16, 2015 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #5

    Repost from previous thread:


    Whilst the noises coming from the Rangers fans are clearly voicing concern about Ashley’s involvement with their club, they, the majority are in the same position as our fans.

    The powerful ones that could influence Ashley’s power are the monied guys and the shareholders on the Rangers’ board.

    Unfortunately, Ashley has 100% control over NUFC with no financial clout present on the board to oppose his manipulation.

    The only way our fans can get to him is to voice and show their protest by hitting him where it hurts – failing to renew or take up season tickets and boycotting games, especially those to be shown live on TV

  • kilbane

    Jan 16, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #6

    Even Southampton buys quality players like Forster, Wanyama, Pélé, Long, etc to mix with their youth products. What future do we have if we end up selling our best (including our so-called prodigies)? Milner left NUFC and became a regular. Same with N’Zobia. It’s simple. Hold unto your best!

  • Reyantoon

    Jan 16, 2015 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #7

    Speaking of cisse to swansea…
    I will be more than happy if that happenes
    I mean let’s face it,the guy has knee problem and not consistent, agey, will go to acn every season.Considering this,letting him go now will be worthwhile..
    But for swans,he can do the job for them..
    And if we can replace him with the right player,that will be a plus.If not,the likes of vuckic & Reviere, Armstrong can do the job,esp under new management..

  • 70TWO

    Jan 16, 2015 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #8

    I hope Lee Charnley has taken on board why people like Paul Clement are not interested in the head coach role and questioned the ethos that the club is portraying. Otherwise if it is simply that they are not willing to adequately pay a good coach, be bold enough to say something that shows the intention to progress the quality of the team. Not just “well he will have to do.”

  • croftus5678

    Jan 16, 2015 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #9

    cisse is an avg striker with a lot more luck then most !
    still though he’s our main striker and without him we need to replace his goals.

    even though i think siem is worth 10 goals a full season and will create atleast 5 more goals for others than cisse would we still need a natural striker to take the pressure off perez if cisse did go and score goals when cisse isnt playing and sadly river/arma or goofy are not those players but i do hope i’m proved wrong in saying that.

    a mid 3 with colback / sissoko and siem would be great with cabella in a free role behind perez and whoever else we can find to partner him.

  • toonincheek

    Jan 16, 2015 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #10

    Reyan –

    Seems you think the ACN is every year.
    It’s every other year (just to save you the research)


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