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Vieira Could Get One Of The Top Jobs In Football

1:44 pm, Monday, June 1st, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 50 Comments

Patrick Vieira is 5/6 odds-on favorite on SkyBet to be appointed to the Newcastle United head coach position later this week,  with Steve McClaren also up there at 6-4, but third favorite Frenchman Remi Garde is back at 10/1,  and Michael Laudrup is 12/1.

It’s much the same kind of odds at the other betting shops – here’s a link to them.

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Patrick Vieira – now the favorite

It looks like it’s down to two men,  but the Chronicle is reporting there may be a third man being interviewed this week – let’s hope it’s not John Carver with recent reports suggesting he will not get the job, after his disastrous tenure at the club this year.

It could be former Swansea boss Michael Laudrup who we have been linked with over the last couple of weeks and he’s available – or even Frenchman Remi Garde who’s also available – so there may still be a surprise this week.

Mike Ashley’s interview before the last game of the season, where he surprisingly said he wants to win something and will provide the money to rebuild the squad, could have heightened the interest from several coaches.

Maybe that was one of the reasons he gave the interview?

The Chronicle has comments today from Betfred spokesman Peter Spencer,  who has talked about the money coming in over the weekend for the former Arsenal great:

“The highly-regarded Manchester City EDS coach and Arsenal legend is highly ambitious and from the amount we have taken in bets over such a short time indicates many fans believe he is looking to make his mark by being appointed to what remains one of the top jobs in the game.”

“Don’t rule out former England boss Steve McClaren who is second favorite while ex-Manchester United and Everton boss David Moyes, despite him saying he’s happy working in Spain, is available at 16/1.”

It’s interesting that Peter Spencer says the Newcastle manager job is still one of the top jobs in football – the title of the article is meant to be a bit tongue in cheek.

But there’s massive potential on Tyneside – you don’t get any more passionate fans than Geordies and we have a fantastic stadium too.

And that last game of the season showed what things can be like when everybody at the club are rowing in the same direction – there were some tremendous scenes in that final game,  and we’ll never forget when Jonas scored that late goal.

It was all unbelievable – you cannot make that stuff up.

Patrick Vieira talked a couple of years ago about St. James’ Park being his favorite stadium in England:

“My favorite stadium I have played in this country I have to say is Newcastle. I like Newcastle’s stadium. I love the atmosphere and I like the way the stadium is built and I loved playing there.”

We assume Patrick would love to manage there too.

Appointing Patrick will be a risk,  although he’s well regarded at Manchester City for the way he has transformed the Youth and U21 teams over the last three years, and is regarded as one of the best young coaches around.

But he’s never coached at the top level before – but neither had another world-class player when he took over Newcastle United back on February 5th, 1992 – a certain Kevin Keegan.

If Patrick could come in and be as good as Kevin was in those magnificent five years he coached at Newcastle,  we would be a top side again in England and Europe.

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Steve McClaren – second favorite for Newcastle job

With Graham Carr apparently still backing Steve McClaren, the former England manager could still be given the job, and if Steve gets it then John Carver and the rest of the coaching staff would probably stay in place.

If it’s down to Steve and Patrick – then we really want to see Patrick as the new head coach.

McClaren is said to be an excellent coach with the players – but we don’t know why he hasn’t been more successful in his coaching career if that’s the case.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Head coach · Management · Newcastle News · Premier League

50 responses so far ↓

  • 1 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 1, 2015 at 1:46 PM

    Bad news from BBC
    “Caretaker manager John Carver, previously Pardew’s assistant, is expected to be retained by the club in some capacity.”

  • 2 Jail for Ashley // Jun 1, 2015 at 1:48 PM

    He can fetch the bibs and cones with a muzzle on.

  • 3 mindshaft // Jun 1, 2015 at 1:49 PM

    Yup – Carvers been told he is NOT on the short list for the head coach job but will be retained – if he had any balls he would resign but afraid he hasn’t

  • 4 Bambams // Jun 1, 2015 at 1:50 PM

    Carver….Fleet manager

  • 5 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 1, 2015 at 1:50 PM

    haha JFA love it

  • 6 Sazzer // Jun 1, 2015 at 1:56 PM

    We were linked with Wollscheid that went to Stoke.

    Rudiger is another guy that we have been linked that I would like to get.

    Not CB but Jonas Hector recently got called up for German national team.

    And Badstuber might be become available depending on what Bayern do this summer.

  • 7 expatmag // Jun 1, 2015 at 1:56 PM


    Would you when you have 6 years left on tour contract and little chance elsewhere?

  • 8 hibbit // Jun 1, 2015 at 1:57 PM

    the club have bought a new basket and carver is selling the peanuts

  • 9 hibbit // Jun 1, 2015 at 1:59 PM

    peanuts a tenner a bag the more you eat the more you s###………….. the good old days

  • 10 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 1, 2015 at 1:59 PM

    Carver has been told he is managing the under 5s

  • 11 jayphoto // Jun 1, 2015 at 2:03 PM

    Got to feel for Jurgen Klopp.
    He must feel like a lad thats been in a relationship with a pretty girl and loads of super hot girls have hit on him. When he becomes single he thinks, right, lets go bang these hot girls but alas, only west ham calls for him.

  • 12 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 1, 2015 at 2:05 PM

    pmsl Jayphoto

  • 13 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 1, 2015 at 2:17 PM

    Sissoko staying. phew!

  • 14 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 1, 2015 at 2:20 PM

    JayPhoto Jurgen Klopp is taking a break

  • 15 jayphoto // Jun 1, 2015 at 2:26 PM

    aye @toonfromleeds – Something tells me he wouldn’t be taking that break if Real Madrid or Manchester City or even Liverpool come calling though….
    Reckon he’ll take the Bayern job at the end of 2016 when Pep goes to Man City (which is probably the worst kept secret in world football)

  • 16 Pokat // Jun 1, 2015 at 2:26 PM

    How long a break he doesn’t say does he? Are we talking a year sabbatical in Tibet or 7 days all inclusive 4* hotel in Mallorca? He could give us a clue so Ed can get another wildly speculative article out lol

  • 17 swemag // Jun 1, 2015 at 2:30 PM

    @ Jayphoto

    what’s wrong with East end girls? 🙂

    On Vieira, would love it, but the more I think of it and the longer it takes the less likely it feels. Good media and spin from the board but in the end we get McClaren, and again there will be disappointment.

    Big decision, big chance of getting it right, big chance of getting it wrong. Looking forward to see the outcome.

  • 18 Pokat // Jun 1, 2015 at 2:34 PM

    What’s really impressing me atm is Eds stock of Paddy Vieira photos it’s almost like we haven’t had ten articles on the same exact thing ha ha.

    Pity he’s only got 3 Charnley ones and he’s always holding a bit of paper up like it’s a free pass or a winning raffle ticket. Boring.

  • 19 Pokat // Jun 1, 2015 at 2:35 PM

    Cmon it’s season ticket spin isn’t it? The reality is always shudderingly more tedious than the speculation.

  • 20 expatmag // Jun 1, 2015 at 2:38 PM

    I like the idea of Viera as Head Coach but what would really make it work is if he had a guiding hand as Director of Football he would respect and work with who has premiership and european experience

    What about Gerard Houlier for DOF

  • 21 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 1, 2015 at 2:42 PM

    just a punt here but how about Garde as HC and Vieira as his assistant?

  • 22 Munster Mag // Jun 1, 2015 at 2:45 PM

    Nice idea expat mag but too pricey. Its interesting that garde is still in the mix. I wonder if the art galleries comment in untrue?

  • 23 optimistic prime // Jun 1, 2015 at 2:46 PM

    Carver must be our new DOF
    With his credentials as best manager in the world he’d be ideal.

  • 24 sickandtired // Jun 1, 2015 at 2:47 PM

    PV with his up to date knowledge of world football and contacts at the highest levels – why on earth would we want or need to keep a dinosaur like Carr?
    If Pardew, Carver and McClaren are the level of Carr’s ambition for this Club then I say give me PV any day of the week.

  • 25 beermonkey // Jun 1, 2015 at 2:47 PM


    how are you

    on mclarens results from jan onwards I think they had some loan players return to there clubs and some injuries
    the worrying thing like pards he obviously had no plan b when things aren’t going right and loses players

  • 26 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 1, 2015 at 2:50 PM

    Ian Dennis from bbc
    It’s my understanding Remi Garde is not under consideration for the #NUFC job. #bbcfootball

  • 27 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 1, 2015 at 2:52 PM

    if Ian dennis is right who are the other 2?

  • 28 BandB // Jun 1, 2015 at 2:54 PM

    If Ian is saying that it is very highly likely to be true.

  • 29 derekm // Jun 1, 2015 at 2:58 PM

    Top jobs in football? Would any potential manager in his right mind be convinced that he will a) have his own choice of playing staff, b) that the best players would not be sold for profit and c) That competing for anything other than mid table mediocrity is the annual remit?
    One TV interview bourne out of desperation to quell a serious reduction in season tickets IF we stayed up after West Ham does’nt convince me or any of the other ex staff of Ashley that he will stick to his comments. Money will talk, that’s all he is interested in.

  • 30 Ron Knee // Jun 1, 2015 at 3:00 PM

    The Chronic have still got Carver in the frame – sort of. Incredible!

  • 31 nut meg // Jun 1, 2015 at 3:01 PM

    Pardew was brought in by LLambias.

  • 32 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 1, 2015 at 3:12 PM

    90% want Vieira

  • 33 Finnbad The Sailor // Jun 1, 2015 at 3:23 PM


  • 34 shay Robson // Jun 1, 2015 at 3:27 PM

    i have a question and i would like people assistance. Who is on Newcastle united board? I have looked over the net and can not find reliable information. those who know and have the evidence its appreciated. i.e. look at ajax wiki page. finance, marketing, technical and general. plus 7 board members.

  • 35 Finnbad The Sailor // Jun 1, 2015 at 3:28 PM

    Hmm strange I just tried typing out a long message and nothing was posted, anyways.

    My worry with Viera or McClaren, Garde or any other name hoyed into the hat is – will they be allowed to bring in their own team?

    My guess is no so what we’re still left with is a shower of shite coaches who’s still unable to get Krul to kick properly, insist on using the same corner and free kick technique of lumping the ball up to Big Shite Williamson at every opportunity…

    My guess is no, so can a new head coach really change the mentality and coaching styles of the people that have been around the club for so long?

    I wait with bated breath to see what unfolds with the club.

  • 36 mindshaft // Jun 1, 2015 at 3:33 PM

    Is being head coach at the toon one of the top jobs in football ??? think Ed is using artistic license

    No say in purchases
    No say in player sales
    Agree to anything Penfold/Fatty say
    Have the crowd on your back after a mediocre start
    Have the southern press on your back for not being a geordie – which apparently toon fans hate … (despite the fact we made idols of Philippe Albert, Les Ferdinand, Rob Lee, Kevin Keegan, Ginola etc etc)

    It may have been one of the top jobs back in the day but afraid at the minute it’s a poisoned chalice – man, we’re even putting McClaren back on the short list and he’s turned us down twice for Derby!!!!

  • 37 mindshaft // Jun 1, 2015 at 3:36 PM

    Rather than having a short list of crap why don’t we just offer Klopp 5 million a year, give him 30 million plus anything from player sales and ultimate say in transfers

  • 38 jane // Jun 1, 2015 at 3:44 PM

    “i have a question and i would like people assistance. Who is on Newcastle united board?”

    can I add a further question, how do you get on the board?

  • 39 ITUNDERASHELL // Jun 1, 2015 at 3:47 PM

    How many season tickets are unsold or need renewing? How many will renew when Steve is appointed coach?

  • 40 microbar // Jun 1, 2015 at 3:47 PM

    Carver to get the janitors job, but he will be in charge of all the broom cupboards.

  • 41 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jun 1, 2015 at 3:50 PM

    Sources: West Ham are talking to the following about the vacant manager position: De Boer, Unai Emery, Slaven Bilic & Marcelo Bielsa

    Sky Sports news report

    Viera is a bold appointment but we should be all over those people before West Ham !!

  • 42 hibbit // Jun 1, 2015 at 3:52 PM

    mindshaft i think most on here would be happy with that but its not going happen not with this set of tosspots

  • 43 ilovetoon8788 // Jun 1, 2015 at 3:53 PM

    Why are West ham after world class coaches?? Those managers are what we should also be after!!!!

    While we are looking at what? Hoddle mcclaren etc. Dinosaurs?

  • 44 BandB // Jun 1, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    “A board of directors is a body of elected or appointed members who jointly oversee the activities of a company or organisation.”
    Its duties in include overseeing the performance of the chief executive and acting on behalf of shareholders interests.
    Newcastle United doesn’t have a board.
    It just pretends it does.

  • 45 hibbit // Jun 1, 2015 at 3:56 PM

    de boer would be my pick i wonder if he was in the poll what the result would be

  • 46 jane // Jun 1, 2015 at 3:57 PM

    “the board is elected by the shareholders and is the highest authority in the management of the corporation”
    but if one person owns all the shares?

  • 47 ITUNDERASHELL // Jun 1, 2015 at 3:59 PM


    Read more at:

  • 48 BandB // Jun 1, 2015 at 4:02 PM


    Newcastle has a sole owner. If you Google how a board of directors is normally constituted and its normal functions, you will see that what Newcastle United has is not it.

  • 49 John Tudor // Jun 1, 2015 at 4:04 PM

    we don’t have a board
    but we do have a plank

  • 50 shay Robson // Jun 1, 2015 at 4:13 PM

    just looking around, all clubs have them. are you guys saying the big man doess it all? he is just the owner i want to know who works for him in both the bard and executive board.

    Chelsea Ltd.

    Owner: Roman Abramovich
    Chelsea F.C. plc

    Chairman: Bruce Buck
    Directors: Marina Granovskaia and Eugene Tenenbaum
    Executive Board

    Finance and Operations Director: Chris Alexander
    Club Secretary: David Barnard
    Company secretary: Alan Shaw
    Directors: Marina Granovskaia and Eugene Tenenbaum
    Chelsea Football Club Board:

    Bruce Buck
    Eugene Tenenbaum
    Head of global commercial activities: Christian Purslow[155]
    David Barnard
    Football operations director: Mike Forde
    Technical director: Michael Emenalo


    Board of Directors[edit]
    Position Name
    Owner/Chairman Ellis Short
    Chief Executive Margaret Byrne
    Finance Director Angela Lowes
    Commercial Director Gary Hutchinson
    Director Per Magnus Andersson
    Sporting Director Lee Congerton


    Position Name Nationality
    Owners Tony Fernandes
    Lakshmi Mittal Malaysian
    Chairman Tony Fernandes Malaysian
    Vice-Chairman Amit Bhatia Indian
    Board Members Tony Fernandes Malaysian
    Amit Bhatia Indian
    Kamarudin Meranun Malaysian
    CEO Lee Hoos American
    COO Mark Donnelly English

    where is the info on the men in charge and running NEWCASTLE UNITED??

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