It had to happen sooner or later with the results at Newcastle just abominable so far this season and the Mirror is reporting that Newcastle are lining up former target Harry Redknapp for the head coach position at the club in case Steve McClaren cannot turn things around.
We hope Steve and his coaching staff can still get the job done before Christmas.
But the alarming thing after Saturday’s second terrible display in a row is the players don’t seem to be playing for the former England manager.
Harry Redknapp – lots of experience
If that’s true that has to be a cause for concern and the next big challenge is against Liverpool at home this Sunday followed by a trip to White Hart Lane.
Another mauling and another inept defensive display in that game would not be good for anybody associated with Newcastle – including the long-suffering fans who are in significant pain right now.
Harry would be a surprise choice for Newcastle after we failed to get him in to replace Sam Allardyce when he was fired in January of 2008.
But Harry is very experienced but he failed to save QPR a couple of years ago and last season he was sacked by the London club – although other good managers – such as Mark Hughes also failed at QPR.
We still think Newcastle’s players are a lot better than they are showing this season and a strong manager like Redknapp, who would put up with no nonsense from the players – could save us in the short-term.
In the past he hasn’t wanted to come to Newcastle in the north-east but this could be a great chance for him to turn things around at an iconic club.
And Harry has always talked about Newcastle in sometimes glowing terms since he turned us down seven years ago,
But this will not happen if Steve McClaren and the coaching staff – and the players themselves – can turn this thing around say with a good win against Liverpool.
That’s what’s needed right now.
If results continue to be hopeless then Mike Ashley will need to bring in another manager and can afford to give them a bonus of say £1M to keep us in the Premier League.
It would be worth the money with the new £5.1B TV deal starting next summer.
That new deal could see Newcastle get an average of around £135M every May up from the £80M we have received over the last couple of years if we finish mid-table.
Yes – football is all about money these days.
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