Top Coach Happy – But Could Still End Up At Newcastle

Dutchman Frank de Boer seems to be the top choice of Newcastle fans for the new head coach position that will be filled permanently in the summer.

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Frank and Ronald de Boer at Ajax

And three Newcastle fans in five would like Frank as the new head coach on Tyneside.

Who Do You Want As New Newcastle Head Coach?

  • Frank de Boer (58%, 6,784 Votes)
  • Remi Garde (21%, 2,465 Votes)
  • Thomas Tuchel (9%, 1,025 Votes)
  • Temuri Ketsbaia (4%, 477 Votes)
  • Paul Clement (3%, 321 Votes)
  • Christophe Galtier (3%, 311 Votes)
  • Aitor Karanka (2%, 290 Votes)

Total Voters: 11,673

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Ronald de Boer is Frank’s 44 year-old twin brother,  and he has said this on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show today:

“I’m 90% certain he will stay at Ajax.” “It all depends on what club is going to come and ask him to manage them.” “He doesn’t have to go though, he’s very happy at Ajax.”

Most reports are saying the quote means he is unlikely to join Newcastle,  but Frank has called Newcastle United a sleeping giant in England,  and that would suggest he would consider the Newcastle job – if it was offered to him.

And it seems Newcastle have been in touch with Frank,  because on January 23rd Ronald de Boer said the following to Sky Sports, when asked if Newcastle had been in contact:

“They asked if you’re interested in maybe coming to Newcastle and Frank said ‘not at this moment’.” “He’s not discussing anything now, not even Newcastle. Even if a club comes, he’s not talking.”

Frank was considered for the Tottenham job last year at this time, and he refused to talk to them until the season finished, and the job eventually went to Argentine Mauricio Pochettino, the former Southampton manager.

So maybe that position cost him the Tottenham job, and he may reconsider his stance if Newcastle are interested in him?

But Frank could also be too strong a character to attract Newcastle, since they need somebody who will not complain (too much) when top players are sold and not replaced in January – halfway through the season.

We think Frank de Boer, Remi Garde, Thomas Tuchel or Christophe Galtier would be very good head coaches at Newcastle,  and we are following the Derby County results very closely  hoping they are promoted to the Premier League next season.

That would mean manager Steve McClaren would not be available for the Newcastle job, and currently Derby are on 62 points and top of the Championship, and 3 points ahead of 3rd placed Bournemouth for an automatic promotion slot.

We think John Carver has no chance of becoming the permanent coach at Newcastle, given his poor record at the club and lack of experience,  and fans are not keen on John getting the appointment.

Should John Carver Be The Head Coach At Newcastle?

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Frank de Boer is expected to make an announcement soon on whether he will be staying at Ajax, but we don’t think he will stay in Holland if Newcastle are really interested in making him the head coach of a sleeping giant in the summer.

What do you think?

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74 comments so far

  • Ben3arfa

    Feb 24, 2015 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #1

    De Boer being the fan’s choice for head coach is like Cheryl Cole being my choice for a girlfriend ie. never happening

  • jayphoto

    Feb 24, 2015 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #2

    Im no mystic Meg, but heres my prediction for NUFC’s summer transfer window- Club will bring in an out of contract player for nowt and 2 young players years away from 1st team level.
    Sissoko and Cisse will be sold.
    In July they start looking at managers aswell as saying they’ll use preseason to look at youngsters. (They won’t tho)
    In Mid/late August they’ll appoint a manager. im guessing mclaren but Garde seems a bit cryptic lately
    They’ll then starting looking at players using the fact we had no manager as an excuse!
    We’ll then sign 2 players. A centre midfielder and a striker. My guess is 6m for the midfielder and 4-5m for the striker. Outlay in total 12-15m.
    Club will then spout off about how weve signed 5 players and a manager and spent alot of money when in truth we’ll be 5-10m up from dealings in summer window and they’ll be no mention of the 15m we recouped in the winter window or the £160m of 2 years worth of tv money that no one has seen.

  • jayphoto

    Feb 24, 2015 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #3

    Also its sad theres 1,500 trolls on here if that Carver vote is anything to go by! I fail to believe theres a single geordie or toon fan (carver included) that thinks hes good enough for that job!

  • jayphoto

    Feb 24, 2015 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #4

    For me Tuchel is the best bet for the set up and system we have in place.
    I like Garde, but despite losing top players etc at Lyon they still had a clutch of frances top next gen talent coming through. If you are one of the top 3 teams (lyon, psg, marseille) finishing top 5 is easy as even if you lose to the big clubs its rare you’ll lose points to bottom half teams as theres a big drop in quality throughout the league. Its not like the EPL where you regulary see shocks. garde went into 90% of games as odds on fav.
    Tuchel on the other hand was the opposite! Up against it every week. Always the weaker team! Had to rely on huge opponent analysis, organisation and tactics to get wins! He really is a future Mourinho level manager. Now is the only time we could hire him! In 5 years he’ll be linked with bayern, real madrid etc

  • sickandtired

    Feb 24, 2015 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #5

    Jesus, is this blog turning into The Chronicle?

  • toon kk

    Feb 24, 2015 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #6

    I honestly don’t know why these stupid polls are held.
    We’re talking about MA and a club with NO ambition so A/ why would Mash want any of them and B/ why would any half decent manager/ coach want to come.

    We don’t belong in the premier league anyway, our team can’t compete in it.

  • Malta Mag

    Feb 24, 2015 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #7

    Ha ha ha, at last a bit of humour on here!! Well said Ben3arfa

  • beermonkey

    Feb 24, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #8


    I think ur pretty much spot on except we wont buy a striker
    we have 5 we will lose chucky and cisse we only play with one up front so 3 is more than enough

  • Go toon gooooo

    Feb 24, 2015 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #9

    Bring Harry Redknapp if he is available at the summer.He is surely better than this manager with zero experience in the PL.

  • Tsunki

    Feb 24, 2015 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #10

    Cheers Malta I’ve been slaving over a hot touch pad all morning trying to keep the humour level up and a cheap Cheryl Cole gag inflates your balloon. Great. And you know it’s because he can’t spell her current last name. I’m not appreciated. 🙂

  • Tsunki

    Feb 24, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #11

    Go toon go – ‘ Arry the Relegator?

  • barkel

    Feb 24, 2015 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #12

    ‘appy ‘arry will be an ‘ammer once Fat Sam gets the boot, he don’t go further North than The Lane unless he’s on his jollies!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 24, 2015 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #13

    Are we looking at a new Head Coach?

    …I didn’t get that memo.

  • toon kk

    Feb 24, 2015 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #14

    Personally you have to blame season ticket holders partly responsible for the mess we’re in.
    MA may have no ambition, but he certainly knows how to make money out of the club, so you can see why he keeps costs to a minimum. A business man looks at profits.
    But fans have a choice what to spend their money on, they know the football is poor, they know how Mash runs the club, yet 50,000 help keep the regime going then have the audacity to complain.
    What do you expect?

  • stan anderson

    Feb 24, 2015 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #15

    Here we go again speculation of a new coach and new players in the summer window.Just get it in your heads we have our coach he is on a long term contract and £7500 a year salary.
    Players not going to come to this laughing stock of a club.
    So sad really

  • stan anderson

    Feb 24, 2015 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #16

    I should,ve said half decent players wont come here.

  • Go toon gooooo

    Feb 24, 2015 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #17


    Harry Redknapp relegated Portsmouth only.And in that year Portsmouth were punished with 15-20 points because of clubs problems.

  • beermonkey

    Feb 24, 2015 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #18

    go toon

    didn’t old harry relegate Southampton then he walked back in to the Portsmouth job to a heros welcome

  • mindshaft

    Feb 24, 2015 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #19

    @Ben3Arfa – I’ve been humping Cheryl for a bit but getting bored of her scrawny t!ts, I’ll pass her your way as I’m off to meet up for a drink with FDB as he wants to let me know the big signings he’s going to make when he’s in charge of toon ( fatty has told him he has a war chest of £200m ).

  • mindshaft

    Feb 24, 2015 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #20

    Redknapp is useless, southampton 2005, and qpr 2013 both relegated under his tenure, portsmouth went down the season after mostly due to redknapps dodgy signings ( although the chairman should never have sanctioned redknapps idiocy)

    Terrible choice for toon

  • Go toon gooooo

    Feb 24, 2015 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #21


    You are right about Southampton.I don’t even remember about that and he was only half a season too and that is not the same.
    Harry is great manager for good-squad clubs.We are still one of these clubs.He was dangerous with Tottenham before leaving Tottenham because of National Team speculations.Even Mourinho can’t save some clubs from relegation in the PL right now.

  • Tsunki

    Feb 24, 2015 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #22

    OK so now ‘Arry has relegated southampton, Portsmouth and qpr we should still get him because let’s face it nobody could save us even Mourinho. Ok. it’s a plan

  • beermonkey

    Feb 24, 2015 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #23


    unless things change at the club in the summer we must odd on to go down
    established players leaving replaced by foreigners that take half a season or more to get used to the league

    being led by carver
    is there a manager that could come in just before xmas and save us

    while the garde interview gives me a small amount of hope all the clubs pr is leading me to believe carver has it

    maybe the club have a verbal agreement with garde and if carver works out they will shaft him like they did with shearer and go with carver

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 24, 2015 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #24

    Redknapp did well with spurs but that’s it. Cup win at Pompey but not muchon the league for the money spent.

    It’s pointless, he won’t come this far north, said it himself, so why bother.

  • toon kk

    Feb 24, 2015 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #25

    A new manager may get us playing some better football, but our squad is very limited.
    Alot seem to think we have a top eight side, maybe in the championship.

  • Our Toon

    Feb 24, 2015 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #26

    We aren’t getting a new manager and Harry Redknapp ahahaha that made me chuckle. I’d rather keep Carver, Harry Redknapp the king of bungs loves to buy old washed up players and when he’s doesn’t get it his way be spots his dummy out.

    Portsmouth, Spurs and QPR he has wasted a shed load of money on absolute shite. I’m surprised Fernandes didn’t sack him. With Arry expect players like crouch, Rio Ferdinand etc washed up players who will cost an arm and a leg. Such an overrated manager, has won as much as pardew if I’m not mistaken as a manager

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 24, 2015 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #27

    Just seen MOTD full highlights from the last match and am not surprised at how poor the team played. I was specifically watching for how the defence operated and it is fair to say that three of the goals were due to poor covering by the midfield and closing down players, which allowed clever through balls to expose the mediocre back line.

    Anita was unsupported in the DM role and then took the blame through being substituted. The lack of fortitude in the midfield was exacerbated by the use of forwards on the flanks, who had little ambition to track back and tackle. Then to cap it all off the despite going missing from their defensive duties the midfield and wingers were also missing from the decent chances we had to score. Whether we had any good attacking play from the whole team was not shown as it obviously did not amount to anything.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Feb 24, 2015 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #28

    Even Andy O’Brien, Dabizas and Boumsong were better than Williamson.

    Gomas wasn’t a bad player.

  • Belfast

    Feb 24, 2015 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #29

    Redknapp is useless without a blank cheque book.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 24, 2015 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #30

    I suppose if Carver doesn’t work out there is always Stone or Peter B!

    …I have even heard Charnboy is a boy-wizard with a team sheet 😉

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 24, 2015 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #31

    In as much as the previous manager was uninspiringly resolute in his defensive strategies; JC has an inspiration to attack without a solid defensive strategy. The limited player options is a concern and is having a major detrimental effect on the ability of the team to adapt and react to the circumstances on the field, alongside an equally limited Coach.

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 24, 2015 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #32

    jesperfuglsang – capt’n awesome of the lemon crew

    Just in case you missed the latest edition from Brentford.

  • Bambams

    Feb 24, 2015 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #33

    I was at the club today. Spoke with some members off staff that have been there for years.
    Ash has not made any noises about selling up at all. In fact the way they spoke it was as if they know he has no intentions on selling !

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 24, 2015 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #34

    Lindisfarne…great article mate 🙂 it was a good read!

    …it’s funny how much that was mentioned transcends to some of the discussions there had been on here. Alot of people just look ay the results and say we won that was a good match!

    …short sighted and too emotional!

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 24, 2015 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #35


    Do they get a Pension contribution?

    £50M+ for nothing apart from not getting relegated is not an incentive to sell the club. MA is taking the micky out of the other PL clubs, by riding on the back of their investments in players. However as there is a impetus for the large amount of wealth created by the league to not go straight into the hands of players and agents, it is difficult to see how the other 19 clubs will be inspired to put pressure on him to do anything other than maintain a barely competitive squad.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Feb 24, 2015 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #36

    I see Pique says Man City is one of the top 5 clubs in the world
    Clearly shagging Shakira has scrambled his brains

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 24, 2015 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #37


    Some of comments below the article point out how statistics can not solely determine the running of a club and its style of play. However I am more impressed by the holistic approach to how Brentford is operated which is not sugar coated and supporters are fully behind. Because they can see the long term benefit from past triumph and know that decisions are made for the priority of the club.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Feb 24, 2015 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #38

    Shagging attractive young women can scramble defenders brains
    Just ask Colo

  • lesh

    Feb 24, 2015 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #39

    It all depends on what club is going to come and ask him to manage them does it?

    If he’s approached by us showing the level of freedom and ambition we’re now renowned for, it’s going to be a tough decision he has to make.

    It should take him all of 10 seconds to say thanks but maybe another time….. maybe

  • BandB

    Feb 24, 2015 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #40

    Jail’s too good for Ashley.


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