Former Player Has It RIght – This Is Big Summer For Newcastle

There has been some worrying news over the last week that Newcastle may appoint former England boss Steve McClaren as the new Newcastle head coach in the summer.

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Robbie Elliott – former Newcastle left-back

Former Newcastle left-back Robbie Elliott thinks it would also be easy for the club to keep John Carver in that role, but the former full back, who played 143 games in two spells at Newcastle with 11 goals, thinks it would be better for the club to have a clean break from the Alan Pardew years.

This is what Elliott told Perform Progressive Sports Media about the interim head coach John Carver:

“I think it’s easier for Ashley to keep John in the role but I don’t know if that’s the right thing for the club,” “I feel we  need a clean break and it’s a very difficult role. “

“Look at the managers we’ve had over the years – how successful they have been at other clubs, then they come to Newcastle.”

“You’d like to think it would be a job that interests a lot of people because of the possibilities.” “It might need a change of structure with how the owner wants to do it, that may prove a stumbling block.”

“But it’s going to be a big summer and I think that will dictate a lot of whether players stay or go and who comes in.”

The two easy choices for Newcastle seem to be John Carver or Steve McClaren and if the latter gets the job, it would be odds-on that John Carver would stay on as the assistant manager.

Mike Ashley could shock us again, as they did when the club appointed Alan Pardew in December of 2010.

Alan Pardew had never been mentioned as a candidate, mainly because he had never done anything to qualify him for the Newcastle manager position.

We could still be surprised this summer, but three candidates who have been mentioned from the continent include Remi Garde, Thomas Tuchel and Christophe Galtier.

Frank de Boer of Ajax has also been linked with the club and is the fan favorite in our poll, but it’s very doubtful he would want to join Newcastle.

Since 2009 Robbie has been working with the US Soccer Federation in the position of Youth National Team Performance Expert,  and before that he was at Newcastle as the assistant Fitness and Conditioning coach working for our senior fitness coach Mark Hulse, who is now at Manchester United.

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23 comments so far

  • NezzaNUFC

    Apr 1, 2015 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #1

    With our head coach situation we should pull off an Southampton approach of this, did anyone hear about Mauricio Pochettino when he first arrive at Southampton?

    Maybe this is what we need at NUFC, also with the McClaren deal is it true he’s another hoofball manager? if so he would be hated in an instant by many NUFC fans.

  • NezzaNUFC

    Apr 1, 2015 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #2

    NUFC have always bragged about stability so wouldn’t it be wise to get a young manager/head coach in instead of someone over 50+?

  • hibbit

    Apr 1, 2015 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #3

    i take it by the hundreds of replies to my post not many can work out why Mcclaren would take the newcastle job……. lots have had plenty to say as to why we don’t want him……. looking at the job with a clear head and not my hart its a crap job working for a crap boss in a corrupt club …….thank you jail for the one reply to the post

  • swemag

    Apr 1, 2015 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #4

    Thomas Tuchel has just been offered a multi million EURO deal with Hamburg.
    Really sad, I have a feeling he will do big things. Funny thing is HSV just like Toon is a big club not performing to it’s capacity.

  • NezzaNUFC

    Apr 1, 2015 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #5


    I never read your post mate but I did say a few threads back that Derby fans and the players have respect for McClaren and there’s very good atmosphere within the ground, this is why I think he won’t come and never even decided to come here in the first place.

  • NezzaNUFC

    Apr 1, 2015 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #6


    he hasn’t accepted yet, he may want a challenge in the PL

  • swemag

    Apr 1, 2015 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #7


    One could hope for that. However, the challenge of reviving HSV I think is one that is too good to pass. At the moment he will come in and has nothing to lose and all to gain, dream situation.
    Could you say the same about Toon? However, I would imagine he will have more money to spend here.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Apr 1, 2015 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #8

    Swemag…since it appears er haven’t offered him anything yet I don’t know how to feel!

  • NezzaNUFC

    Apr 1, 2015 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #9

    it seems that nearly every manager wants a challenge in the Premier League.

    suppose reports of 80 applicants went in for NUFC maybe Tuchel is one of them, at the end of the day NUFC gave out an description of what kind of head coach they want and with 80 managers applying ( if it’s true ) then surely Newcastle must have someone signed up but keeping it hush hush

  • swemag

    Apr 1, 2015 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #10

    …it feels like a Bony situation…an obvious missed opportunity.

  • Average_Contents

    Apr 1, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #11

    A stumbling block? More like a mountain, a man sized one. Until he goes it’s always going to be the same.

  • hibbit

    Apr 1, 2015 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #12

    nezza derby pay Mcclaren 1.2m a year we paid pardue 500k a year hamburg have offered Tuchel 4m euro a year ahsleys a cheap skate we have no chance

  • NezzaNUFC

    Apr 1, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #13

    Like what ED says on his statement “Alan Pardew had never been mentioned as a candidate, mainly because he had never done anything to qualify him for the Newcastle manager position.”

    is there any manager that hasn’t been mentioned for the toon job?

    Garde, Tuchel, FDB, Gaiter, Benitez, Carver, McClaren – these guys seem to be the only ones being mentioned, Karanka, Diego Simone? have these guys been mentioned by sites or papers?

  • NezzaNUFC

    Apr 1, 2015 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #14


    true mate, but the thought was good for 10 seconds though 😉

  • magscar

    Apr 1, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #15


    You made a point about losses on previous thread. I don’t think that they would impact on the net profit figure for the accounts recently published. Losses can indeed be utilised against future profits but this would take place on the Corporation Tax return not within the accounts themselves.

    I still think that it is possible for there to have been included in the accounts a provision (s) which may then reduce the profit figure. This won’t reduce the taxable profit because on the CT return computation it should be added back to profit ( i.e. increase it) as it isn’t allowable. No tax dodge there then.

    Someone pointed out the other day that the training ground costs if in the recent accounts would appear within the Balance Sheet as an increase in Assets and corresponding decrease in Bank balance. This sounds right as far as Double entry bookkeeping is concerned.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 1, 2015 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #16

    80 applicants, and that was just from the footballing world, of course it’s true ‘The Board’ said so.

  • Bambams

    Apr 1, 2015 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #17

    I can state McClaren does want the job. …. He was on the phone constantly as was Ketsbaia.
    I was told this from a reliable source when I had reason to go to the training ground to collect a signed shirt for a charity.
    I was told ‘then’ the club did not see him as a serious option. That may have changed since
    Time will tell

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 1, 2015 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #18

    The books have been thoroughly but legally cooked.

  • Wayayman

    Apr 1, 2015 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #19

    DOn’t we say this EVERY summer about the Toon? I can’t remember the last end of season when we didn’t think that this Summer would be a big one for us in terms of what needs to be done.

    Of course, what needs to be done is totally the opposite of what will be done under this ownership. Ed said the other day that it’s typical Newcastle to get the tightest billionaire owner in football

  • magscar

    Apr 1, 2015 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #20


    Just come on but my response would be that McLaren would know that we have far more potential than Derby. Yes we have Ashley but just like girls often think there are the ones to tame the bad boy when taking them on so McLaren might fancy his chances of working with Ashley especially as he knows Mclaren already.

    Silly as it sounds and despite what we think within the game the job appears to still be an attractive one so why wouldn’t he.

    Not my choice though but an upgradeon Carver but who wouldn’t be!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Apr 1, 2015 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #21

    Bambams…you sound like a journo…

    …I have this from a reliable source 😉

  • Average_Contents

    Apr 1, 2015 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #22


    That’s interesting info. Was this source a coach at the club? Obviously you won’t want to give names out.

    Also, was that the shirt you sold on here for your mate who’s ill. Seem to remember sparky bought it. He offered a considerable sum right off the bat. Good lad.

    How’s your mate doing?

  • Bambams

    Apr 1, 2015 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #23

    Average contents
    Fella that was spot on, I would rather not state who it was .
    They are very well informed and I may have cause to go back again so watch this space.
    Sparky was very supportive and I met him couple of weeks ago when he collected the shirt. Really nice fella and a pint will be had hopefully soon.
    We lost David on 27th Feb. He had been given 6-8 months but the man was a fighter and did 14 months. We almost managed to everything he wanted.
    We have managed to raise £14k for St Oswalds Hospice and I intend to carry on supporting them.

    I have a 1969 fairs cup signed shirt with the original match programme and team photo all framed up so will be auctioning that this weekend.
    Anyway I really appreciate you remembered fella. You take care.


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