Why This Manager Will Not Be Coming To Newcastle


Mike Ashley wanted to bring Harry Redknapp to Newcastle in January, 2008 when he had just sacked Sam Allardyce, but Harry after first saying yes, changed his mind the following day, and Ashley turned to Kevin Keegan as big Sam’s replacement.

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Harry Redknapp – former QPR manager

Now that Harry has left QPR – where he had a very turbulent ride since joining them in November, 2012 but in that season he failed to keep them in the Premier League.

Harry cited knee problems as the reason he had to leave  QPR, and on Tuesday he said he couldn’t even walk 100 yards, but that seems a convenient way to leave the club and not be fired.

Harry is due to have knee surgery soon – presumably on both knees – and could be fit enough in a few months – when Newcastle will be looking to appoint a new head coach.

There’s news that Harry’s odds have shortened for the Newcastle job, but since he was frustrated that QPR didn’t bring in the players he wanted in January, and has been keen in the past on identifying players he wants in – Harry wouldn’t fit the model Newcastle have – which is basically the continental approach of having a head coach, who is not much involved in transfers.

Harry is still a long shot for the job with SkyBet having him at 20/1 with the favorite still being Steve McClaren at 6-4.

Here are the top six favorites at the moment on SkyBet:

Steve McClaren 6/4
John Carver 3/1
Rafael Benitez 5/1
Michael Laudrup 7/1
Remi Garde 7/1
Frank de Boer 9/1

Notice that Remi Garde, who was the favorite through January has dropped down to 7/1.

And there’s no way Rafael Benitez would come to Newcastle, since he wants to keep buying big players every summer, as he amply demonstrated when he was at Liverpool – but he has done well at Roma and has them 3rd top at the moment.

Harry Redknapp is English and we have an inkling that Ashley will appoint another English manager – and Harry is also a Londoner – but he would hardly take kindly to having his best players sold from under him and not replaced in January transfer windows.

If it wasn’t for the restrictions put on him in the transfer market,  it could have been a good opportunity for Harry to have his last hurrah – and manage a club that gets 52,000 home gates.

But we’d be surprised if he is offered the job, and even more surprised if he would take the job.

What do you think?

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256 comments so far

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 5, 2015 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #1

    NEXT

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  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 5, 2015 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #2

    Rafael Benitez – Napoli

    What inkling? The steady stream of International Coaches seen going for interviews at SJP was just for show?

    ‘arry north of Watford? Pull the other one me old china, its got bells on.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 5, 2015 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #3

    garcia is at roma

    No more english managers please.

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Feb 5, 2015 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #4

    Harry lives in Brighton and will only take a club within commuting distance

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 5, 2015 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #5

    This Rangers thing – I cannot believe it would happen …BUT….is their a chance that Ashley picks the TOON team for premiership games ?????

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  • Slank

    Feb 5, 2015 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #6

    REPOST

    Graeme @ 5

    In many respects you are right to say …’Why should I have the slightest interest in what FCB is doing outside NUFC…’ if there was no connection between the two clubs other than the fact he owns one and is the money lender to the other.

    But now the linkage between the two clubs has changed with the arrival in Glasgow of five Newcastle employees (for better or worse).

    Whilst Mash Holdings included House of Fraser, Debenhams and Sports Direct in its portfolio it didn’t really affect Newcastle as they operate in a quite different business sector but now, I assume, Glasgow Rangers has been added to the portfolio

    What I don’t know is whether there are rules and regulations that prevent the profits from Newcastle subsidizing Rangers. There is a UEFA investigation into the corporate structure of Man City as there have ‘connections’ with other clubs in other countries.

    – See more at: http://www.nufcblog.com/2015/02/05/mike-ashley-in-complete-control-of-rangers/comment-page-1/#comment-1419734

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  • Graeme

    Feb 5, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #7

    Jeff, I’m sure Harry lives in Canford Cliffs, outside Poole, Dorset. He has had a house there for many years.
    You are right that he will only take a club within commuting distance and Spuds was about as far as he would go!!

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  • Slank

    Feb 5, 2015 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #8

    Jeff

    Harry doesn’t live in Brighton. He lives in Sandbanks which is one of the most exclusive and expensive places to live in the UK, and very nice it is too.

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  • BandB

    Feb 5, 2015 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #9

    Charlie,

    Either Kenny MacDowell has been egregiously misquoted or the report is fair, accurate, and contemporaneous.
    If it is the former, on such a potentially damaging and sensitive subject, we can expect a grovelling retraction.
    If it is the latter, we won’t.

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  • Slank

    Feb 5, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #10

    Harry is finished. He is 68 and a crock who doesn’t operate North of Watford let alone Newcastle.

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  • Graeme

    Feb 5, 2015 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #11

    Slank, in the first instance, it was indeed MA that loaned money to Rangers to keep them afloat. I think you will find that the latest loan is actually from Sports Direct and has been used, in part, to repay the loan from Ashley.

    In which case, MASH Holdings, owned by MA, still has 100% of NUFC and SD owns 8% of Rangers and has loaned them money to keep them solvent.

    In other words, the shareholdings in the 2 clubs are owned by two completely separate Corporate Bodies.

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  • Slank

    Feb 5, 2015 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #12

    Graeme

    It was in the press that the Scottish FA were looking into the loan by Mash Holdings to Glasgow Rangers.

    Maybe the press got it wrong.

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  • Graeme

    Feb 5, 2015 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #13

    Slank @ 12, that is correct, but the latest loan, last week, was from Sports Direct and part of that loan was to be used to repay the loan to Mash Holdings, thereby removing any direct ownership of Rangers, by MA via MASH Holdings.

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  • toon kk

    Feb 5, 2015 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #14

    We’ve got our coach in Carver.

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  • BandB

    Feb 5, 2015 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #15

    Every time the club bans a journalist rather than securing a prominent retraction and apology, or refrains from taking them to court, it is safe to assume they don’t believe their case passes the very clear legal tests.

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  • Average_Contents

    Feb 5, 2015 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #16

    Graeme

    Incorrect. The slug still has a 8.92% share in rangers through mash holdings. Just because the SD loan repaid the slug his personal loan (from mash holdings) via rangers doesn’t mean those shares got transferred over to SD. Everything else did like the securities on buildings but not HIS personal shares.

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  • Slank

    Feb 5, 2015 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #17

    Graeme

    Just to muddy the waters.

    Mash Holdings no longer has a controlling stake in Sports Direct. I forgot about his stake in Tesco in my previous submission.

    Interesting reading. Even the journalist who presumably knows about the market and Ashley is completely puzzled by his latest moves.

    https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/mike-ashley-just-made-biggest-194547748.html

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  • Average_Contents

    Feb 5, 2015 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #18

    Either way, all roads lead to the slug.

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  • toon kk

    Feb 5, 2015 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #19

    I think it will be highly unlikely for Mash to sell NUFC, there’s far too much money to be made for him to even consider selling.
    Never mind all the free advertising for SD.
    WHY would he want to sell?

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Feb 5, 2015 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #20

    The impression I have always had is that the financial dealings of Ashley with Rangers are through Sports Direct .SD has dealt with Rangers for years.It is not without precedent for a supplier to help out one of their big customers financially.

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  • JDdubai

    Feb 5, 2015 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #21

    Put ur money on an english coach next

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  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 5, 2015 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #22

    slank – you beat me to it I was going to point out that Dirty Arry lives in Sandbanks in Bournemoth. Millionaires row really.

    Jeff – try harder next time only 100 miles between Brighton and Bournemouth.

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  • armchair fan

    Feb 5, 2015 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #23

    Too excited for our game against Palace.

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  • Average_Contents

    Feb 5, 2015 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #24

    JD

    You kidnapped Carr? Again?

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  • BandB

    Feb 5, 2015 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #25

    Slank,

    I read that article when it came out. It is interesting to me that it contains no quotes. From anybody.
    Did he have no contacts in the city who’s brains he could pick? There are plenty of firms that offer their consultants to the press to provide financial analysis.
    They might have done little more than say “I’m puzzled too.”
    But he has nothing.
    It’s a flimsy opinion piece

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  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 5, 2015 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #26

    What am I reading now for Gods sake.
    SD helping out one one their big customers. I’ve heard it all now.
    SD control the Rangers shops -so I dont think you can reverse the roles and say Rangers are the customer. Man you need to research things properly -before posting guff.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 5, 2015 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #27

    BandB @9

    I will try one last time to see if you understand my perspective or continue with the litigation angle.

    The reported quotes are accurate, the Coach was told that he must play the ‘Loan Rangers’, the implication that the Coach is not selecting the players he wants on the pitch is ever so slightly stretching the truth. The accusation that the owner(9%) involves himself in the Coaches role is an exaggeration born from a preconceived notion that is deliberately portrayed to entice readers.

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  • BandB

    Feb 5, 2015 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #28

    Lindisfarne,

    You are correct. He only says he has been told they must play.
    Does he mean by his wife?
    Or who?

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  • Slank

    Feb 5, 2015 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #29

    Having done a quick research (Google) both Sports Direct and Mash Holdings have a stake in Glasgow Rangers.

    There is a joint company 51% owned by Rangers and 29% owned by Sports Direct to market the merchandise.

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  • Slank

    Feb 5, 2015 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #30

    49% owned bybSD not 29%

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Feb 5, 2015 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #31

    I knew it was on the sarf coast and began with “B”
    Jail I bet you feel geet lush in the point scoring stakes

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  • Slank

    Feb 5, 2015 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #32

    Jeff

    Bognor ?

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  • Graeme

    Feb 5, 2015 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #33

    Slank, AC – 17 / 18 It looks as though MA is manouvering to outflank the SFA. If he holds 8% and SD hold the loans, secured against Club Assets, it separates the 2 entities. Rangers are n the middle and the SFA look to be pushed out on a limb!!

    Interesting times!!

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  • BandB

    Feb 5, 2015 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #34

    Slank,

    That percentage for the marketing arrangement has recently been revised heavily in SD’s favour.
    SD now owns the larger share. To much controversy.
    It was in all the papers.

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Feb 5, 2015 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #35

    Mister Tuff
    Calm down and adjust your stays
    SD control the Rangers shops NOW
    When Charles Green the THEN chairman of Rangers chairman asked Ashley for help twas as I said.

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  • BandB

    Feb 5, 2015 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #36

    I see your correction.

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  • Slank

    Feb 5, 2015 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #37

    Graeme

    He’s up to something for sure.

    I don’t put much faith in the Scootish FA getting the better of him.

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  • the white tino

    Feb 5, 2015 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #38

    Joey Barton has tweeted about what he thinks of ashley allegedly wanting to pick the team at both Newcastle and rangers and then said be difficult to get a manager worth his salt to work under them conditions!!!! Cancerous slug out we need him gone NOW

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  • Average_Contents

    Feb 5, 2015 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #39

    Slank

    That has now changed. Under the rules of the first trenche of £5m supplied by SD. They now own 75% of the joint merchandising called RRL (Rangers Retail Limited) This is a separate company from rangers that handles merchandising only, hence the limited.

    Solely for the benefit of SD.

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  • BandB

    Feb 5, 2015 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #40

    Thanks AC. I was trying to hunt out the evidence.

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