Serbian Manager With 66% Win Rate Interesting Newcastle

There’s just no doubt that Newcastle could sign a very good manager in the summer if they wanted to – but we have doubts about that because Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley seem more concerned about the new head coach fitting into the (failed) way the club is run.

And that’s not particularly good for the head coach because basically his hands are tied behind his back with limited spending from the owner,  and only having a (small) say in who joins the club in the transfer market.

But we do need somebody who is an excellent coach and take the players at Newcastle and make them into a good cohesive team and Newcastle have bought some good players over the last few years – but unfortunately we also keep selling them.

Slavisa Jokanovic

Slavisa Jokanovic – 46 year-old Serbian manager

If Mike Ashley sees the anger and frustration of Newcastle fans because of the way the club has been recklessly managed this year, and are now in danger of relegation –  he would do well to change the policies with which he runs the club.

We mentioned this morning that Burnley manager Sean Dyche, also a former Watford manager, may not be a bad choice for the head coach position at the club.

And Sean has many of the top characteristics a head coach needs to be successful, and he’s a positive but also a realistic person who had Burnley playing good football this season, even though they were relegated.

And news now that 46 year-old Watford manager Slavisa Jokanovic is yet to sign a new Watford contract, and he only joined them last October and but for an added time equalizer by Sheffield Wednesday in their final game of the season, the Hornets would have won the Championship – but in any case they were automatically promoted to the Premier league in Jokanovic’s first season in charge.

Despite being so successful in his first season, the Serbian’s future is still unclear and he has met with the top brass at Watford but no agreement on a new deal has been reached.

The former Yugoslavian International defensive midfielder who played two seasons for Chelsea from 2000, could still sign on for Watford.

But the news is that other clubs like West Ham and Newcastle care interested in the Serbian, who was born in Novi Sad, Yugoslavia and seems to be a top coach in the making.

He has managed Watford for 36 games and won 21 of them for a win percentage of 58.3% and lost only 10 games and Watford finished with 89 points.

He also managed Partizan from 2007-2009 and won 63 of 84 games for a win percentage of 75% – and he’s also managed three other clubs apart from Watford and Partizan – and in his management career he has managed in 180 total games and won 119 of them for a win percentage of 66% – not too bad.

If Newcastle were an ambitious and forward-looking club with initiative and wanted to hire a top a manager who could get us back fighting for a top six then this man would be an excellent choice.

That probably means we will not be signing this guy.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

7 comments so far

  • mindshaft

    May 12, 2015 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #1


    Ashley is not comfortable hiring people who aren’t english – it’s just not going to happen

    We will either give JC the job fulltime, hire McClaren once/if prem safety achieved , look for people near end of contract or currently out of work

  • beermonkey

    May 12, 2015 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #2


    his shops are staffed by foreigners

  • Belfast

    May 12, 2015 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #3

    What about all the foreign players he hires ?
    If he’s cheap we’ll definitely be interested.

  • JP...from The Rock

    May 12, 2015 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #4

    Where the hell do you get your dubious info from Ed!!???????????????????

    I hate building my hopes up only to be let down always!

    Only put these articles up when there is more substance to the story or else it might as well be the shite put out by journos every sunday.

  • Big Archie

    May 12, 2015 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #5

    So who are you suggesting Ed?
    Is it the manager who got relegated, or the manager who has never managed in the Prem?
    All makes McClaren, who only won 2 out of 13 matches sound like a good catch.

  • chinleymag

    May 12, 2015 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #6

    Ed I admire your optimism as you keep throwing the names of loads of respected competant managers forward but u r kidding yourself leopards never change there spots a bet on Carver whos a shoo in will pay for my whole season at Blyth Spartans next time round

  • chinleymag

    May 12, 2015 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #7

    Carvers 14/1 with Sky Bet lump on lads


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