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.
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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