Former Real Madrid Manager Interviewed By Newcastle

News in talkSPORT today that the former Real Madrid head coach Bernd Schuster is now a target for Newcastle – and talks have already taken place with more talks scheduled for today.

Bernd Schuster

Bernd Schuster – 55 year-old former Real Madrid manager

Schuster has managed nine clubs since 1997 and was the Malaga manager from 2013 until last year, and he managed Real Madrid from 2007-2008.

He is a shock target of Newcastle United according to talkSPORT, and he is currently not managing any club – so presumably he could be available now for the Newcastle head coach position.

One point of contention with Frenchman Remi Garde was that he wants to bring in his own coaching staff, and talkSPORT is reporting talks have already taken place with Schuster about which of the current coaching staff at Newcastle he would want to keep.

It’s now obvious that Newcastle are keen to keep some of their Geordie staff on board, when  the new head coach comes in,  and they include  caretaker manager John Carver, with assistants Steve Stone and Peter Beardsley.

Further talks are said to be scheduled for today, and if they are talking about what Bernd’s coaching team will be, that sounds like fairly advanced talks?

In his playing career, Schuster was an excellent attacking midfielder who played for Barcelona and Real Madrid and he was capped 21 times with four goals for West Germany from 1979-1984.

He played a total of 436 games and scored 120 goals for various top teams in Europe.

Since he’s been out of a job since last May when he left Malaga, presumably he could even start at Newcastle before the end of the season – especially if there is an agreement to keep John Carver, Steve Stone and Peter Beardsley on board.

The most important position is who he wants as his top assistant – his assistant manager.

In his management career since 1997 he has managed nine clubs in 487 games and won 215 of them, drawn 108 and lost 164 for a win percentage of around 44.2.

Bernd only seems to stay at clubs for one or two seasons maximum – so because Newcastle want to make a long term appointment – that could be an area of discussion.

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30 comments so far

  • bosamuelson

    Jan 22, 2015 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #1


    Jail for Ashley

    ‘Where will we get exactly?’ Completing for cups and Europe.

    ‘What do you know that we don’t?’ Nothing, just making sense of the situation.

    They have just announced there was absolutely no plans to replace Pardew what so ever?’ Why would they, he was half way into a 8 year contract and had supported him and not sacked him when he was getting awful results. Plus if someone said would you take 2 mil. compensation for Pardew tomorrow…don’t tell me you would have said no!

    ‘They are happy to plod along mid table for the rest of his time here?’ If it takes mid table for 3-5 years to get self sustainable and bringing in players that will move the club forward then of course. We are never ever going to be like Man City. The only chance we have of consistently getting into CL position is to have a manager in place that is good enough and a crop of young players come through at the same time.

    Just my opinion fella, which I know you disagree with. I just like being in the black rather than the red!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 22, 2015 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #2

    Lesh…we only spend when we have to…and it’s still the minimum!

    …this will always be why Spurs are making £50M more than us. It’s a combination of the Fat one not being arsed and not getting it.

  • 70TWO

    Jan 22, 2015 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #3

    If true, I can only presume the contention about retaining the existing coaching staff is in order to maintain consistency (sic) and keep transition costs low. The majority of comments on this blog have been calling for better coaches to support the main man. The club appears to, along with blindly retaining AP, not have a clue about quality and development.

  • 70TWO

    Jan 22, 2015 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #4

    In a nut shell, MA thinks he can produce cheep tat and put it on a shelf and people will buy it.

  • firebug666

    Jan 22, 2015 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #5

    Gotta say if this guy comes in watch the sparks fly, he only answers questions that he wants to, walks out of press conferences etc. A very volatile nature, could be just what we need, We might find Charnley hanging by his toenails if he doesn’t get the transfers he wants. 😀

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 22, 2015 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #6

    What makes you think he wants to win an FA cup,there’s no money in it, do you honestly think that exiting the FA cup every year to lower placed opposition is part of a bigger picture for future success, and if you prefer being in the black rather than red I’d ditch Ashley pal we’re currently around 130/40M in the red to him.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 22, 2015 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #7

    I would love for 60 mins or someone to do a exposé on Mike Ashley…really digging deep.

    …I am sure you’ll will find he is just an idiot who found a passion for cheap sports goods at an early age – and found help from his mum and dad cracking the finances!

    He is still that fat kid sitting at his parents coffee table doing the inventory and using his abacus to see if he did the math correctly.

    He has absolutely no idea what to do with a football club – and neither does his parents and the abacus is of no use any more!

  • 70TWO

    Jan 22, 2015 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #8

    The only reason why MA can get away with it is because of the perpetual motion of the media, if we all stopped talking about NUFC and providing the appetite for more and more, what would the effect be?

    Instead of applause on 17 minutes if the crowd turned there back in silence, it would both serve to remember the dead and make a monumental but fleeting impact.

  • martoon

    Jan 22, 2015 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #9

    I know you lot think it is to save money but I actually think that retaining the coaches is actually is a ‘reward’ for showing loyalty to the club and not moving with Pardew. Ashley has a lot of faults but he does seem to recipricate loyaly as demonstrated towards Pardew & Llambias. I would have a new coach could start with these coaches and then slowly squeeze them out and replace them with his own people.

  • lesh

    Jan 22, 2015 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #10

    First interviews no doubt’ll be conducted by phone and the first question to any applicant could well be along the lines of ‘do you want to bring your own backroom staff?

    If the answer’s yes, forget it…… Next applicant please

  • 70TWO

    Jan 22, 2015 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #11

    martoon – shuffling the coaches down is the most appropriate way to handle the situation.

  • lesh

    Jan 22, 2015 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #12


    Criticising Ashley and his running of the club is strictly verboten!

    Any more and you’ll be shot!!

  • 70TWO

    Jan 22, 2015 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #13

    lesh – Beep beep beep. Hello….Lee are you there?

    prompted me to listen to this:

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 22, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #14

    Lesh…he’s an idiot! Period 😉

    …”stupid is what stupid does”, his tombstone will read that!

  • headtheball

    Jan 22, 2015 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #15

    Maths wasn’t my strongest subject at school but if we are the 19th richest club in the world with only 6 premier league teams above us, why do we aim for a league position of 19?
    Can’t get my head around it.

  • 70TWO

    Jan 22, 2015 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #16

    verboten – sounds like our outfield all doing different things.

    Think about it….verb….ten….players on a pitch….there you go!

  • cyprus

    Jan 22, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #17

    Oh, no, we are a sxxt club. We’re only 19th richest, and the other PL clubs are also rich so big deal 😉
    And anyway, MA is pocketing all the money because he hates us 🙂

    New days ahead, let’s keep calm and positive. There’re 80 applications, so somebody’s interested. And we could do some headhunting ourselves.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 22, 2015 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #18

    I tried to post an interesting conversation between Penfold and the Fat one, but apparently it will be censured!

  • surrey_toon

    Jan 22, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #19

    seems has been hacked for some reason, strange!!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 22, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #20

    By the way Genoa has made a loan deal for Milan’s Mbaye Niang so forget about sending Chunky there…

  • firebug666

    Jan 22, 2015 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #21


    Phone conversations between Ashley and Penfold do not exist mate.

    The phone rings and is answered by Penfold, Instructions are then shouted into his ear, repeated three times to ensure he has grasped the idea, then the mash man hangs up. No conversation!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 22, 2015 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #22

    firebug…you are probably right it’s more like a monologue where Penfold will be taking notes

  • Markaccus

    Jan 22, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #24


    From last thread….. How can you compare me to Welshie??? He says “ha ha ha” to highlight his jokes 😀

  • 70TWO

    Jan 22, 2015 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #25

    Penfold will be too busy eating biscuits.

  • 70TWO

    Jan 22, 2015 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #26

    My meaning was that you had superseded him!

  • firebug666

    Jan 22, 2015 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #27


    It’s very difficult to see any sort of positive future for the club today.

    We have been told we will not prioritise any of the cups.
    We have been told we do not want to be in Europe.
    We have been told players will be sold for the right price.
    We have been told that players will only arrive at the clubs discretion.
    We have been told we cannot find paying companies to advertise within our club.

    We have been told a whole lot more, but we have not been told anything positive regarding our club.

    No ambition, no dive, no forward thinking, no future.

    This is now what we are supporting.

  • beefman13

    Jan 22, 2015 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #28

    Journeyman manager is Schuster, why the hell do we need this fella, I thought we wanted a younger progressive coach according to LC, hope it’s just chip paper talk again, it can only be to save money if he came in, it sounds like he is desperate for a club, and therefore can’t refuse that he can’t bring in his own staff. Sounds like a complete has been.

  • BoyDoneGood

    Jan 22, 2015 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #29

    Schuster is an inspirational coach with a reputation for getting the best out of problematic stars. However, he is also abrasive and confrontational with media, officials, etc. To quote from “Gladiator”: “I have virtues, too… but they are not on your list.”

  • Sav

    Jan 22, 2015 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #30

    Just one more Bent Shyster at a club full of Bent Shysters.


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