Rodgers Availability Puts Pressure On Those In Sack Race

This morning in the betting on which Premier League manager will be next to get the sack – it looks like Steve McClaren is the favorite and he´s at 6/4 on Sky Bet with Jose Mourinho at 7/2 (who would have thought that last May?) and Tim Sherwood is at 4-1.

Nobody else is even close with Tony Pulis of Stoke at 22-1 in fourth place.

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Steve McClaren – has done this too many times this season

So if Jose does get the sack we expect Newcastle to immediately fire Steve McClaren and appoint Jose in his place.

OK – I´m just kidding – hope you didn´t choke on those Corn Flakes.


There´s news that Tim Sherwood has two games to turn things around at Villa otherwise the club could take action and American owner Randy Lerner could then try to appoint Brendan Rodgers in his place.

Tim is supposed to have to win one of his next two games – at Chelsea and at home to Swansea so neither of those games is particularly easy – but there are not many easy games in today´s Premier League.

There is no such ultimatum with Steve McClaren who was appointed on a long-term basis – but how many Newcastle fans thought this season would be our worst start in the league since the late 1800s?

Not me – that´s for sure – this seems like a continuation of last season´s living nightmare.

So far anyway.

In the same way Lerner is worried about missing out next season on the big money in the Premier League we have to assume that´s the same with Mike Ashley.

We need to win a game soon and we hope we can do that – but if we cannot we expect Mike Ashley to step in and make changes – but then the question is who is available to replace McClaren.

Brendan Rodgers at the moment but he will be gone soon if Villa cannot win a game soon.

It all depends on the next two or three games, but trying to keep on the positive side of things Newcastle´s fortunes will look a lot brighter if we can beat Norwich at home and win away at the Stadium of Light in the upcoming games.

The disaster scenario is what happens if we lose those two games – then there will really be doom and gloom on Tyneside.

We hope that doesn´t happen.

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 11, 2015 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #1

    ”It took Liverpool only a few days to appoint a coach who will bring excitement, great football and some titles again to Liverpool FC in the future as one of the most exciting coaches in world football.”

    And we appointed SM because…?

  • lesh

    Oct 11, 2015 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #2

    McClaren’ll not be pushed by Charnley, that’d be an admission of mis-management on his part.

    Sherwood’ll be next and he’ll be replaced by Rodgers.

    Us? Hopeless and drop bound

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 11, 2015 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #3

    I would much rather throw 13M at someone like Klopp than that diva Thauvin. Even when we have money we waste it so badly.

  • juan

    Oct 11, 2015 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #4

    what a pointless story.. rodgers is as bad as mcclaren. look at his signings. terrible.
    and after the news on krul i think the writitng is on the wall this season..DOOMED

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 11, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #5


    yes another recycled Brit. why are we so xenophobic when it comes to managers

  • BandB

    Oct 11, 2015 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #6

    Gone off him already?

  • Jib

    Oct 11, 2015 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #7

    McClarens appointment was never going to be like Allardyce or Advocaat down the road.

    Big Sam has been brought in to kick ass and NOT lose matches like Poyet and Mussolini before him.

    SM is here to totally change the football culture at SJP , a much longer , and , in the end , more rewarding processs.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Oct 11, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #8

    We absolutely needed a manager to change the football culture at NUFC, more so than a quick fix. However, I think a lot if us didn’t believe McClaren was the right man for that job. I think a lot of us are more convinced of that now than we even were before. I can’t see this being a very rewarding season.

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 11, 2015 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #9

    Band B

    With vivid memories of ”the wally with the brolly” I was never on him.

    I just stupidly hoped he would be marginally better than the previous procession of one dimensional Brit / English luddites and dullards. Sadly I was wrong.

  • banjax

    Oct 11, 2015 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #10

    Lee Charnley needs to join McLaren going out of the door because of his distinct lack of judgement in being so determined to have McLaren at the club. McLaren was sacked from Derby County for a run of very bad results anyway. It would be good if some of the statisticians you contribute to this blog were able to come up with stats of McLaren’s form, say last 19 games with Derby, to make it clear how bad his performance has been. I am sure with statistics as bad as these, Lee Charnley’s judgement must be grossly suspect. Unless a miracle takes place I can see another derby defeat under new manager Sam Allerdyce as a forgone conclusion and Newcastle anchored at the bottom after the next 3 games.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Oct 11, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #11

    Ashley not sacking Charnley was like the ancient mariner shooting the albatross with a crossbow.

  • lesh

    Oct 11, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #12


    It’s only recycled, failed Brits because it suits Ashley’s ambition to avoid relegation and attract the Prem money.

    However, even he must see that by running the club on the cheap and appointing an ill-equipped MD and board, he’s risking it again.

    He must also see that when Rodgers goes to Villa, there’s no-one available to replace him and take us forward. No doubt Cathero’ll be considered pro-tem but there lies the real risk of a Carver inspired recovery…. Or not!

  • bladeuser

    Oct 11, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #13

    What football culture
    Do u mean having a formation then passing a ball to a player with the same strip as u have on then moving into space to maybe getting it back while moving forwards towards the oppositions goal
    Then how about having a shot
    Come on its not rocket science there is no culture to change its a f@@@@@ football match u have tactics as the coach and your players adhere to them if they cannot either the coach is not good enough or the players are not good enough what’s so hard about that it’s SMC way of hoodwinking fans into giving him more time than he deserves

  • lochinvar

    Oct 11, 2015 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #14

    Rodgers, McLaren, Sherwood, Allardyce and many others seem to lack a presence, an energy if you like.
    There’s talk that the England rugby team were so shackled, controlled and over coached by Lancaster that they lost team spirit and energy to be real winners.

    It must be a fine line but when I see the group above I feel bored ( yawn) and deflated – imagine what the players see and feel. There’s something lacking – does Klopp gave it or is that just bravado.

    Struggling to know what the answer is but some new personality to the Directors and Management seems to be needed.
    Either that or give them all more Lucozade.

  • AlfiePotter

    Oct 11, 2015 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #15

    Mac should have only been offered the job once …..

  • MidlandsMag

    Oct 11, 2015 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #16

    Jib @ 7

    And if we get relegated it could be a much longer (and less rewarding) process than you imagine.

  • Carl819

    Oct 11, 2015 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #17

    Rodgers is terrible. He has been found out hence the sack. If it wasn’t for Suarez, Gerrard and Carragher he would have have been booted long ago. The money he spent would have sorted out a few hospitals, up there with charger in my opinion.

  • widowmagandapoke

    Oct 11, 2015 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #18

    We should have gone all out for Klopp after par dew left. But there were wailing so that he would never come here. Why not. Maybe Charmley had something to do with it. I don’t know but we never seem to go all out for the fan’ first choice.


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