This Man Now 1/20 Odds-On To Become New Head Coach


While there are a number of good coaches available who Newcastle could bring in over the summer – coaches like Remi Garde, Thomas Tuchel and Christophe Galtier and even Borussia Dortmund’s Jurgen Klopp of Borussia Dortmund who will resigning from the German club on July 1st – it’s looking more and more like Newcastle will take an easy and cheaper choice in Derby County’s Steve McClaren.

Steve is a friend of Chief Scout Graham Carr, and would fit in well with Graham and Lee Charnley – who are the triumvirate who run the club for owner Mike Ashley.

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Steve McClaren – 1/20 odds on to get job

Gone are the days when Newcastle would go after a top coach to make the side into one of the best in England – and that’s not the goal of the current owner Mike Ashley, who wants to keep Newcastle in the Premier League so the club can act as a worldwide advertising board for his company Sports Direct.

That’s the little secret that has become obvious over the last few years, and certainly Sports Direct have done very well over the last eight years that Ashley has been the Newcastle owner.

That’s why the English Billionaire bought the club almost eight years ago and it certainly wasn’t to make us into a top side.

If Jurgen Klopp had become available say 10 years ago and we were in this same situation we would have been after the top German coach – but we have never even been linked with him.

And one of our head coach targets in January – Thomas Tuchel – is now very likely to get the Dortmund job.

Mike Ashley has had five English managers and Irishman Joe Kinnear as his Newcastle managers so far,  and it seems he will appoint another Englishman – Steve McClaren, the former England manager in the summer.

On BetVictor Steve is 1/20 odds on to get the job with Carver nowhere to be seen – here are the top seven candidates for the job.

Steve McClaren 1/20
Frank de Boer 12/1
Remi Garde 12/1
Michael Laudrup 14/1
Rafa Benitez 25/1
David Moyes 33/1
Jurgen Klopp 33/1

If Steve turns us down for one reason or another – maybe we don’t even meet his ambitions – we could still see John Carver get the job.

The Geordie coach has made it clear that he will not rock the boat at the Tyneside club, and will support Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley whatever they may do at the club,  in the name of making money.

That’s the kind of guy Mike Ashley is looking for – and that seems to be one of his top priorities – and Managing Director Lee Charnley has already said in January that the new head coach has to accept the way the club is being run.

It’s Steve  McClaren’s job to turn down – is probably the best way to put it.

Do You Want To See Steve McClaren As Newcastle's New Head Coach?

  • No (73%, 6,518 Votes)
  • Yes (27%, 2,462 Votes)

Total Voters: 8,980

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There’s not much doubt that Newcastle are becoming a rich club these days, because of the big money being paid out by the Premier League, and the real question is whether Newcastle can have a top team too.

That’s the only priority for Newcastle fans – it’s the only thing that matters.

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96 comments so far

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 17, 2015 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #1

    Lots of fans on the blog have been asking what they can do to help the boycott protest.
    So we asked Ashleyout.com, and this is what they say.
    “We urge every Newcastle fan to join us in this peaceful demonstration of unity and strength to show the world that we want a club to be proud of once again.”
    They are specifically appealing for our help with volunteers to hand out leaflets at the protest from 3pm on Sunday.
    If you want to help, please get in touch with me at ibizatoon2015@gmail.com……the sooner the better, but by tomorrow lunchtime at the latest.
    The more the merrier.
    Bloggers can be choosers. Let’s support each other now.
    HWTF!

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  • hibbit

    Apr 17, 2015 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #2

    its great to see so many posters returning to the blog lets hope they stay……..been in the toon this morning and a lot of the pubs are offering s/t holders a free drink during the game if you work your route out i think you can get 10 pints in 10 different pubs in the first half……… a lot of people are saying the will turn up to the boycott lets hope the do ASHLEY OUT

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  • Moonraker15

    Apr 17, 2015 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #3

    I’ve watched Derby a few times this season and they play a good style of football but don’t score enough goals. Based on the current scenario at Toon, I would be happy with McClaren, if he was to insist on increased ambition in terms of player signings and competition !

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  • Rainrix

    Apr 17, 2015 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #4

    Ibiza…. Im certainly up for being more proactive in the future. In fact I’m quite happy to take up the burden of leading you peasants in revolt 🙂

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  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 17, 2015 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #5

    hibbit…Free booze is great, standing with your fellow fans prior, during and after the game this Sunday is vitally important.

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  • Reyantoon

    Apr 17, 2015 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #6

    Apparently, this coach Jocelyn Governecc
    was Nantes midfielder in his days and Recently, Some french medias call him
    “French Jurgen klopp”.Never saw his team playing but he get lots of applauds and admiration for the work he has done in the last 5 years.Also in great demand!

    The following article is about our target coach Christophe Galtier.He fits everything at nufc but sadly McLaren name keep covering the media lately:

    WHY CHRISTOPHE GALTIER WOULD BE PERFECT FOR NEWCASTLE UTD FC..?
    The French manager dreams of working in the Premier League and he may be looking for a new challenge next season. Galtier has done a wonderful job at les Verts since he took over in 2009. Through smart transfer moves and some excellent man-management.he has taken Saint-Etienne from a team struggling at the bottom of Ligue1 to a team that has been a challenger for the Champions League places in the past two seasons.It was under Galtier that Gabonese striker, Pierre-EmerickAubameyang, flourished, then the coach had to deal with the loss of his star player and has still guided the club to fourth place in Ligue 1.After another impressive season,the 47-year-old may call it time in Ligue1 and look for a new challenge elsewhere.The former Marseille and Lille defender has to be commended for the excellent style of play that Saint-Etienne has adopted during his time in charge. Saintétn play a very free-flowing, expansive and attacking brand of football,while also being tough in defence.Christophe Galtier also has to be credited with the development of Chelsea’s £12.5million winter signing Kurt Zouma. It was under the current Saint-Etienne boss that Zouma made his debut and he has certainly flourished into one of Europe’s best young defenders.Any move from the French coach would also depend on the coaching situation at Newcastle United. Galtier would be a great fit at nu fb club,& other PL team, particularly at St James’ Park. With a number of French speaking players at the club, he would find it easier to settle, and with Graham Carr’s knowledge of the French league there would be a great understanding of the current market.Newcastle United fans are far from happy with the direction the club is taking under current boss JC and despite his long-term contract with the club, it wouldn’t be a surprise if there was some movement from owner Mike Ashley this summer.If Newcastle United are in the market for a new coach, they could do a lot worse than bringing in Christophe Galtier, given some time to settle and adapt, he could be the man that brings success to the North-East.

    Src: GFFN

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  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 17, 2015 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #7

    Rainrix…Good man. Keep in touch, this is working right now and it is gathering momentum.

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  • Nattfare

    Apr 17, 2015 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #8

    “Licksten, it’s not my fault that we *lick* lost yesterday, when I met the cleaner in the broom-closet he told me *lick* that I looked fantastic on the sideline and it really made him excited, but also the players really let me down all match. *lick* Especially Medhi Abeid when he came on and we conceded 5-0, I was hurting at that to be honest.”

    “Let me tell you something *lick* about our forrin players, I had Derek (Wright) put our forrin players flip-flops under the microscope and he could could confirm what I was suspecting. It just isn’t in their *lick* DNA to play in front of a half-empty stadium.”

    “Our English players were fine, *lick* only a little bit distracted by all that boycott talk during the week, but they *lick* still did fine considering the circumsances.”
    It will be tough to bounce back against Swansea *lick* but I hope we still can get the three points even if we don’t win. *lick*”

    “Now I’m going to go home and *lick* spit on my Sir Bobby altar and then pray in front of my Pardew one. *lick*”

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  • Rainrix

    Apr 17, 2015 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #9

    Ibiza… Thats largely why i started posting again. I imagine its the same with a lot of posters. The last few months completely drained my passion for nufc, i honestly haven’t watched a game since villa home, yes that includes the derby.

    But the wheels seem to finally be turning once again so it seems its about time to stand up and keep the ball rolling!

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  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 17, 2015 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #10

    Rainrix…I think many posters just haven’t known what to do. It’s great that’s changed and is so important that those who have become disheartened in the past get back involved.

    It’s happening. Time to get some passion / belief back. HWTF.

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  • DokToon

    Apr 17, 2015 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #11

    it also shows that we can have a voice to be heard… and get our effin pride back…

    plus, not as much caterwalling between posters here… except for the village idiot jeff from whocareswhere…

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  • EllaGuru

    Apr 17, 2015 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #12

    Haha nice Nattfare 😉

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  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 17, 2015 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #13

    rainrix -come on climb aboard the Changeville Express leaving Darlington Station to the Toon on Sunday.
    I’m an hour away in the other direction it’s going to cost me the best part of £30 to get the train to the Toon. It will be the best investment I’ve made for while and it’s a worthy cause.

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  • Rainrix

    Apr 17, 2015 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #14

    Dok… Weird seeing everyone here in agreement 🙂

    Judging my Jonas’ twitter he’s also in agreement with the boycott, says a lot when a current player feels the same way.

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  • BandB

    Apr 17, 2015 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #15

    Hey Dok

    Post a picture of your protest on Sunday will ya….no face needed 🙂

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  • BandB

    Apr 17, 2015 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #16

    G2

    You too.
    Let’s see your honey badgers feeding on exceedingly small nuts.

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Apr 17, 2015 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #17

    The club are heading towards an ideal situation , ie a few first rate HC’s coveting the job , we don’t need a shoo in.
    My personal choice would be Benitez , he’s leaving Napoli for sure , but I fear his heart is with Merseyside , every Lpool supporter I know , and I know loads , would take Rafa in a heartbeat.

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  • BandB

    Apr 17, 2015 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #18

    And you Rainrix….prizes for best protest pix are on offer…

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  • Rainrix

    Apr 17, 2015 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #19

    Tuff… I really would love to be there to show solidarity, but life and that. You’ll have to protest for me as well mate 🙂

    Im guessing theres going to be end up being another boycott/protest last home game as well i’ll earmark that, unless something comes up sooner

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  • optimistic prime

    Apr 17, 2015 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #20

    Rainrix

    Any chance you could post what Jonas has said please, I don’t do twitter or FB.

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  • derekm

    Apr 17, 2015 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #21

    Don’t know why some people appear to be unimpressed with potential appointment of McLaren – time served with Ferguson, and check out his record in Holland, Derby have improved dramatically under his management and as a close friend of Carr he would fit in quite well for me. The French experiment I believe has run its course – unmotivated talent only joining us as a stepping stone to bigger things is no guarantee of concerted effort and application, just check out the results against the mackems when these qualities needed to be shown, rest my case

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  • tequilamag

    Apr 17, 2015 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #22
  • tequilamag

    Apr 17, 2015 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #23

    HWTS (spiderman)

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  • Rainrix

    Apr 17, 2015 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #24

    BandB… Are you going to be in attendance this weekend? At the protest obviously not the game 🙂 . My protest will almost certainly involve my favourite picture of ashley in the Chinese restaurant. Just need some photoshop magic. 😉

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  • Rainrix

    Apr 17, 2015 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #25

    Op…..

    “To be honest newcastle deserved more. Para ser honesto newcastle se merece mas.”

    “Tired about some things i Am a geordie and newcastle deserved more. Cansado de algunas cosas, soy un geordie. Y newcastle se merece mas.”

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  • DokToon

    Apr 17, 2015 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #26

    BandB…

    do I win a dinner out with jeff?

    #pukesinmouth

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  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 17, 2015 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #27

    Yes Jonas!

    See everyone. We all NEED this.

    Wait and see is over.

    Tuff…It would seem it”ll be worth every penny, just in entertainment value for the day. This has a great feel to it. People are believing again.

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  • BandB

    Apr 17, 2015 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #28

    Rainrix

    I will be nebbing about 🙂

    Seriously though, it would be great to see some protest pix from bloggers all around the world….gets everyone involved…..and saves a fortune in bus fares!

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  • BandB

    Apr 17, 2015 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #29

    Four hours stuck in a lift Dok…

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  • Bambams

    Apr 17, 2015 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #30

    Choice between McClaren and Carver ?
    McClaren

    But it’s not much of a list

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  • optimistic prime

    Apr 17, 2015 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #31

    Jonas I salute you Sir!
    You’ve still got bigger balls than some!

    Rainrix

    Cheers mate

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  • DokToon

    Apr 17, 2015 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #32

    BandB,

    please commute my prize to death by sobriety… thank you…

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  • BandB

    Apr 17, 2015 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #33

    Fly the flag Dok…I’d love to see your protest pics on Sunday,

    Good ol’ Jonas

    Off for a happy little stroll in the sunshine.

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  • Rainrix

    Apr 17, 2015 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #34

    BandB…. Excellent! And i agree, something akin to this again would be a great idea. Some of these pics are great

    http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/alan-pardew-nufc-protest-anti-newcastle-7074653

    OP… No problem Sir!

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  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 17, 2015 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #35
  • Average_Contents

    Apr 17, 2015 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #36

    Pretty much sums it up imo. I had the same on Tuesday from the red noses, feeling sorry. No gloating. One colleague suggested the club needs a good gutting from top to bottom.

    http://mobile.newsnow.co.uk/A/768685961?-11058:809

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  • optimistic prime

    Apr 17, 2015 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #37

    Jonas has always shown courage integrity and commitment to NUFC, I’ve only ever had a problem with how he was deployed on the pitch.

    It makes me sick to think Colo and Sissoko who don’t have a ounce of the courage integrity and commitment Jonas shows regularly are captains of NUFC.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Apr 17, 2015 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #38

    I never really understood the odds…can I bet on SM not becoming the next HC at Newcastle?

    …if I bet lets say £ 100 how much would I profit when he won’t become our next HC?

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  • Average_Contents

    Apr 17, 2015 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #39

    BandB

    Good idea regarding the protest pics of those who cannot be there. Any suggestions on how to show everyone. Even on here it’d difficult.

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  • Average_Contents

    Apr 17, 2015 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #40

    It’d be difficult

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