Brendan Rodgers Reported Close To Replacing McClaren


The Shields Gazette are reporting today that one of the managers Newcastle are considering bringing in if they fire Steve McClaren is former Swansea and Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers.

The Gazette is reporting it´s their understanding that Rodgers is being seriously considered if McClaren cannot turn things around in the next couple of games.

That would presumably mean taking at least 4 points from the Stoke and Bournemouth games.

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Brendan Rodgers – first choice to replace McClaren?

Steve McClaren has presided over Newcastle´s worst season ever in the Premier League and that´s after a massive £80M has been spent on players.

That´s the most Newcastle have ever spent in one season by a country mile and this is what we have done this season and where we are positioned in the Premier League.

It´s not good and we are four points and four places worse off than in our relegation year of 2009.

Premier LeaguePlayedWonDrawnLostGFGAGDPoints
2015-20162866162853-2524
PosTeamGamesGDPoints
Crystal Palace38-1242
16Bournemouth38-2242
17Sunderland38-1439
18Newcastle38-2137
19 Norwich38-2834
20Aston Villa38-4917

Looking at that table it´s absolutely crucial we beat Bournemouth at home on March 5th.

If we are to survive Newcastle must act decisively if McClaren and his staff cannot soon turn things around and start winning a string of games.

Newcastle may have already missed a golden opportunity to bring in a new manager earlier this week, before the week-long warm weather training in southern Spain and our next game being two weeks away at Stoke.

The other manager we are being linked with is David Moyes but according to the Gazette Brendan Rodgers is the number one choice.

At the very least we would have expected Lee Charnley to have contacted the agents of at least a couple of managers to ask if they would be keen to take over at Newcastle should the club decide to part ways with Steve McClaren.

Other managers we have been linked with are former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez and former Leicester City manager and Newcastle coach Nigel Pearson.

Like Sam Allardyce and Tony Pulis, Nigel has saved some sides from relegation including famously doing that last season with Leicester.

The Foxes were bottom of the league with just 19 points from 29 games and they won seven of the last nine game, including a 3-0 thrashing of Newcastle.

That was the greatest escape in Premier League history and now look where they are under new manager Claudio Ranieri.

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153 comments so far

  • Blofal

    Feb 17, 2016 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #1

    I don’t trust Charnley to have a plan B.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Feb 17, 2016 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #2

    Moyes… *face palm*

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  • ToonMatt

    Feb 17, 2016 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #3

    Charnley needs replacing first.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 17, 2016 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #4

    No thanks
    Liverpool could not defend with him in charge with better players
    So how the hell id going to cope with the TOON’s defenders

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  • hibbitt

    Feb 17, 2016 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #5

    Repost North Atlantic Magpie
    if they sack him it looks like Brendan Rodgers another big gamble by the board ……..should have sacked him on saturday which would have given the manager this 18 day break to try and sort things out but no they decide to give him 2 more games

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  • Ron Knee

    Feb 17, 2016 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #6

    Are we now at the stage of ‘Anybody is better than Pardew/Carver/McClaren’?

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 17, 2016 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #7

    All this is just media nonsense…

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  • lesh

    Feb 17, 2016 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #8

    C’mon Ed.

    There’s a helluva difference between seriously considering and being close to bringing anybody in.

    Has Rodgers been approached? Has there been serious discussions with him? Is he ready to join us?

    Knowing what we know of Charnley et al, I think the answers to those questions are no, no and no!

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 17, 2016 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #9

    They are linking us with anybody available! Until McC is removed all this doesn’t matter.

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  • Blofal

    Feb 17, 2016 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #10

    It doesn’t matter who comes in. We don’t have good enough defenders.

    Brendan Rodgers plays a 3-5-2 with basically no exceptions. I haven’t seen that work for us yet. But hey… at this point I’ll try anything.

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  • hibbitt

    Feb 17, 2016 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #11

    anyone else having problems with the site this morning ????

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  • Blofal

    Feb 17, 2016 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #12

    hibbitt… I got a message saying my comment was awaiting moderation. I’ve never had that before!

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  • beermonkey

    Feb 17, 2016 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #13

    hibbit

    mine timed out but it was soon sorted

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  • G

    Feb 17, 2016 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #14

    Agreed, this is just press speculation, but even if it wasnt, Bodgers would get a no from me. Never seen a manager lose a team as fast as him. Another average at best manager who had a couple of lucky spells before normal service resumed. We need a motivator, not a mouthpiece. Sean Dyche for me, although he has now signed a new contract at Burnley, meaning he would be expensive.

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  • sparky55

    Feb 17, 2016 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #15

    No-one is coming in now…if they had arranged it in such a way to tell Maclaren not to bother getting on the plane to Spain then you could understand it and call it good management from the directors of the business…but leaving it another 2 games (mid March FFS) then no-one in their right mind would consider coming in that late in the day….it would be mission impossible and very few managers would risk their reputation in such a way.

    We’re stuck with Maclaren and this particular string is a another shameless example of ED looking for click throughs. Shame on you Ed…no substance whatsoever

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 17, 2016 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #16

    Blofal – me too yesterday. I think Ed is monkeying with moderation filters. Hasn’t stopped the wums from crawling back on though.

    We’ve got “Jeffrey” now 😐 copying and pasting factoids and making sly observations about other posters. He reminds me of someone…

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  • beermonkey

    Feb 17, 2016 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #17

    i dont think for one sec think mclaren is for the chop
    mclaren and co have prob got a list of games we will get points from and i dont think chelsea would have been on it
    the club has also said it doesnt look to sack managers

    no half decent manager would want to come in with 12 games left

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  • Spoof

    Feb 17, 2016 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #18

    Brendan Rodgers, yes please,

    When we are at home SM has us pressing and trying to get on the front foot and of late we have looked a decent side when doing so, away he has us sitting far to deep and trying to defend well and counter attack, ffs sake how many consecutive surrenders away from home do we have to endure before he realises that a plan b is needed, Moyes would be a disaster as he would bring the failed away strategdy to our home games, Rodgers however tries tyo win games rather than not lose them which based on our home v away record is what we so desperately need and want, with Rodgers we may get one or two hidings when on our travels due to going for it, but we get those hidings anyway but then again by going for it we may get a point or two, which we aren’t going at present.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Feb 17, 2016 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #19

    Would like to see Rodgers here but all this is media speculation and nothing has gone behind the scenes knowing Charnley. We are stuck with McClaren until the end of the season and if we survive then he should still get the sack for being one of the worst managers we’ve had. He simply hasn’t been able to change the way we have gone all season and for that reason he has proven he’s not good enough.

    This club is a shambles and an eye sore every match. We will be extremely lucky to survive this time around.

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 17, 2016 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #20

    Can’t see the point in Bending Bodgers at all really, just churning over failed managers. I doubt if Charnley has any plan right now other than floating about on a boat in the Caribbean being oiled up on the massage table by Carr.

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  • G

    Feb 17, 2016 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #21

    @20, well thats my breakfast ruinned!

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 17, 2016 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #22

    If you were Rodgers though, would you accept?

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 17, 2016 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #23

    Sorry G. 🙂

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 17, 2016 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #24

    hibbitt…I have problems with my DNS server when trying to enter this blog

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  • G

    Feb 17, 2016 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #25

    Tsunki, you owe me bacon mate.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 17, 2016 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #26

    hibbit@11,
    Yes and despite installing ar$ehole blocker on my phone at a cost of £1.99 I’m still seeing posts from Jib?

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 17, 2016 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #27

    Whose servers do you use? Your isp or an independent? It will probably be the filter settings on the dns server provider. A lot of isp’s are slowly creeping ‘parental’ filters in but some of them are clumsy. Mind it might be a dodgy pop up that’s causing it to kick in. This is Eds site, after all 😉

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  • WWSBRD

    Feb 17, 2016 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #28

    Tsunki
    Is Rodgers a failed manager?

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  • Ron Knee

    Feb 17, 2016 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #29

    Perhaps it’s a story planted by Bishop to ‘concentrate’ McClaren’s mind.

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 17, 2016 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #30

    Yo I suppose it’s harsh but I think he would be if he came here. it’s a poisoned chalice. I doubt he’d take it anyway.

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  • Mag52

    Feb 17, 2016 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #31

    Ron.

    While you’re in the process of having a dig at AP, it might be worth reminding yourself that when he left, we were in 9th. position in the table, with a squad some £80 mill. less in value than the present one.

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 17, 2016 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #32

    Tbf at Liverpool it’s high expectations and an unfair crack of the whip, like many so-called “big” clubs.

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 17, 2016 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #33

    Wow Ron that was a bit strong, mentioning Pardew like that in a general, illustrative, non indicative way! Calm down there matey! 🙂

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 17, 2016 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #34

    All hail Percy, Percy was the King!!!

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  • WWSBRD

    Feb 17, 2016 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #35

    Tsunki
    Liverpool was a poisoned chalice when he took that on and it worked well for a time

    I think Moyes would be a better fit for us but if we could get Rodgers in I wouldnt be upset…wouldnt let him have free reign on transfers like

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 17, 2016 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #36

    I think we should all just take a deep breath and remember where we are. Kids are watching. Please, for their sake, no more casual mentioning of Mr Alan You-Know-Who.

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  • hibbitt

    Feb 17, 2016 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #37

    Ron
    have you been having a go at AP you naughty boy

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  • Ron Knee

    Feb 17, 2016 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #38

    Cripes! What have I started???

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 17, 2016 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #39

    Yo – yes I think he got that job at a tricky time in Liverpool and really it’s still not all been plain sailing for them

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 17, 2016 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #40

    Something tells me mag52 misses Pardews silly glasses and would take an instant shine to Macca if only he’d wear a pair. If he dyed his hapless ginger tuft silver then Mag52 would get apoplectic if a bad word was said against him.

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