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Brendan Rodgers Reported Close To Replacing McClaren

9:13 am, Wednesday, February 17th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 153 Comments

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.

brendan rodgers

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
Crystal Palace38-1242
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.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Management · Newcastle News · Prayer · Premier League · Press

153 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Blofal // Feb 17, 2016 at 9:16 AM

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

  • 2 Laurent Robert 32 // Feb 17, 2016 at 9:17 AM

    Moyes… *face palm*

  • 3 ToonMatt // Feb 17, 2016 at 9:19 AM

    Charnley needs replacing first.

  • 4 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Feb 17, 2016 at 9:26 AM

    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

  • 5 hibbitt // Feb 17, 2016 at 9:28 AM

    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

  • 6 Ron Knee // Feb 17, 2016 at 9:31 AM

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

  • 7 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 17, 2016 at 9:31 AM

    All this is just media nonsense…

  • 8 lesh // Feb 17, 2016 at 9:34 AM

    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!

  • 9 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 17, 2016 at 9:34 AM

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

  • 10 Blofal // Feb 17, 2016 at 9:37 AM

    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.

  • 11 hibbitt // Feb 17, 2016 at 9:53 AM

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

  • 12 Blofal // Feb 17, 2016 at 9:59 AM

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

  • 13 beermonkey // Feb 17, 2016 at 10:01 AM


    mine timed out but it was soon sorted

  • 14 G // Feb 17, 2016 at 10:03 AM

    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.

  • 15 sparky55 // Feb 17, 2016 at 10:03 AM

    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

  • 16 Tsunki // Feb 17, 2016 at 10:06 AM

    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…

  • 17 beermonkey // Feb 17, 2016 at 10:06 AM

    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

  • 18 Spoof // Feb 17, 2016 at 10:07 AM

    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.

  • 19 JP...from The Rock // Feb 17, 2016 at 10:07 AM

    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.

  • 20 Tsunki // Feb 17, 2016 at 10:08 AM

    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.

  • 21 G // Feb 17, 2016 at 10:09 AM

    @20, well thats my breakfast ruinned!

  • 22 Tsunki // Feb 17, 2016 at 10:09 AM

    If you were Rodgers though, would you accept?

  • 23 Tsunki // Feb 17, 2016 at 10:10 AM

    Sorry G. 🙂

  • 24 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 17, 2016 at 10:10 AM

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

  • 25 G // Feb 17, 2016 at 10:14 AM

    Tsunki, you owe me bacon mate.

  • 26 Jail for Ashley // Feb 17, 2016 at 10:14 AM

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

  • 27 Tsunki // Feb 17, 2016 at 10:15 AM

    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 😉

  • 28 WWSBRD // Feb 17, 2016 at 10:15 AM

    Is Rodgers a failed manager?

  • 29 Ron Knee // Feb 17, 2016 at 10:15 AM

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

  • 30 Tsunki // Feb 17, 2016 at 10:16 AM

    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.

  • 31 Mag52 // Feb 17, 2016 at 10:17 AM


    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.

  • 32 Tsunki // Feb 17, 2016 at 10:17 AM

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

  • 33 Tsunki // Feb 17, 2016 at 10:20 AM

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

  • 34 Jail for Ashley // Feb 17, 2016 at 10:20 AM

    All hail Percy, Percy was the King!!!

  • 35 WWSBRD // Feb 17, 2016 at 10:20 AM

    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

  • 36 Tsunki // Feb 17, 2016 at 10:21 AM

    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.

  • 37 hibbitt // Feb 17, 2016 at 10:22 AM

    have you been having a go at AP you naughty boy

  • 38 Ron Knee // Feb 17, 2016 at 10:23 AM

    Cripes! What have I started???

  • 39 Tsunki // Feb 17, 2016 at 10:23 AM

    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

  • 40 Jail for Ashley // Feb 17, 2016 at 10:24 AM

    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.

  • 41 Tsunki // Feb 17, 2016 at 10:24 AM

    Ron. Never mention….the…k*ng…

  • 42 Tsunki // Feb 17, 2016 at 10:26 AM

    Hail I see you are using yesterday’s Word of the Day. Bravo! Apparently I was Apoplectic yesterday because I mentioned the jolly, big boned, cuddly owner in a less than favourable way. Apoplectically no less!

  • 43 Tsunki // Feb 17, 2016 at 10:27 AM

    G I was thinking, it could have been worse, I could have owed a sausage. Oh, sorry, have I done it again?

  • 44 WWSBRD // Feb 17, 2016 at 10:28 AM

    Yeah similar with Moyes at Man Utd though not as bad

    I think Rodgers would come to us if we were serious about getting him, where better to rebuild his reputation than our shower of sh**e

  • 45 beermonkey // Feb 17, 2016 at 10:29 AM


    ask ed for ur cash back

  • 46 Tsunki // Feb 17, 2016 at 10:29 AM

    When…the k*ng… comes to mind I often conjure up The Divine Comedy and the intro to ” Something for the Weekend”

  • 47 Ron Knee // Feb 17, 2016 at 10:30 AM


    You must admit Percy could never strike McClaren’s Oscar-winning head-in-hands dramatic poses!

  • 48 Tsunki // Feb 17, 2016 at 10:30 AM

    I think it was Lee giggling on that record too…

  • 49 Mag52 // Feb 17, 2016 at 10:32 AM

    Just reminding you Ron, just reminding you.

  • 50 Mag52 // Feb 17, 2016 at 10:35 AM


    You’re right about the poses.
    I was surprised he didn’t even get a mention in the Baftas.

  • 51 jayphoto // Feb 17, 2016 at 10:35 AM

    How bout actually researching managers that fit with where they want the club to go rather than just hire other PL experience? Southampton plucked pottechino from obscurity almost.
    For me, Conte is learning english, wants to come to premier league If he doesn’t get the chelsea job (and its rumoured he won’t) theres not many clubs in the PL that will need a manager soon… He took over juve in the second division, just need to have some ambition And pay the going rate!

  • 52 ToonMatt // Feb 17, 2016 at 10:36 AM

    It’s not happening, If it was surely he would have been appointed before they all went off to Spain, 18 days for a new manager to get to know his players? Even an idiot can see that makes sense?? But we have an utter moron in charge in Lee Charnley and McClaren will still be here next season regardless of what league we are in, What a complete shambles this club is, I honestly think the Mackems have a better chance of staying up than we do, Allardyce is a better manager and his teams know how to defend.

  • 53 Laurent Robert 32 // Feb 17, 2016 at 10:37 AM

    Mag 52, you’ll be pleased with Pinocchio’s great form of no wins in 8 or 9 I think it is, and a rise in disgruntled Palace fans. 52% of their goals have been from defenders and they have scored the most goals from set pieces, yet they’ve hardly scored many from open play (coaching issue?) So, basically, lumps into the box for their big defenders to knock in. Hardly a coaching mastermind, and once again is relying on a slice of luck to cover up his obvious coaching deficiencies. I think their centre halves have 4 and 5 goals each or something.

    Even their goal the other day was knocked back in from an over-hit throw, and the time before that was an own goal I think.

    Keep banging that Pinocchio drum though.

    He’s crap, with crap football, blagging his way through management with a slimy smile and ego the size of Canada.

  • 54 cyprus // Feb 17, 2016 at 10:41 AM

    You have to feel for Steve. He never had the chance to enjoy the post. If we had had a few wins, draws and losses, ie, the nufc way, we’d be relaxing somewhere in the middle.

  • 55 sparky55 // Feb 17, 2016 at 10:41 AM

    Jail @ 26

    PMSL so much I’ve had to change! fcuking hilarious 🙂 🙂

  • 56 Laurent Robert 32 // Feb 17, 2016 at 10:46 AM

    Spoof, you’re right that we’ve played our best football when we’ve pressed. Away from home is the opposite attitude and with it, the opposite form and results, bar the occasions where we’ve played quite well, created chances, but lost.

    If he has the players being cautious away from home, it’s mainly McClaren’s tactics which are making is crumble. I advocate pressing football highly, and was one of the main reasons why Frank DB would have been worth a try.

    Defenders are usually the least comfortable on the ball, so if you pressure them well, they can lose the ball for you without you even necessarily having to make a tackle, plus you’ll be higher up the pitch in many situations.

    I’m all for it.

  • 57 North Atlantic Magpie // Feb 17, 2016 at 10:47 AM

    This is utter nonsense!!

    We need a non-British manager!!

  • 58 AncientC // Feb 17, 2016 at 10:47 AM

    It would be fair to say that Rodgers didn’t back the sales of Sterling and Suarez. I thought he let Gerrard go too early, but that was more down to Rodgers being straight with Gerrard and making him no promises on game time. There was no replacement for Gerrard. Sturridge went AWOL. Rodgers then had Benteke foisted upon him. In no way was Benteke a Rodgers signing, evidenced by how quickly Rodgers wanted rid of Carroll. Throw in the rest of the overpaid flops and expensive youngsters… the expectant results followed.

    Rodgers would have been my first choice. I wonder how many rate Klopp to a much higher level, even though when Klopp left Dortmund they were midtable. Klopp’s Liverpool do not show any improvement on Rodgers football… Klopp not proving great value at double the wages of Rodgers, yet.

    The improvements in football under McClaren are neglible, the side still isn’t playing a passing game. The keeper is still hoofing it out instead of defenders playing it out from the back, we still have the water Carriers going on crusades, everything down the right still relies on Janmatt and his overlap. The wingers switch sides during the game… etc.

    Rodgers football to McClaren’s would be like night and day.

  • 59 lesh // Feb 17, 2016 at 10:47 AM


    The club doesn’t look to sack managers unless of course they’re ambitious like Hughton. Maybe he spoke out against Ashley’s stupidity.

  • 60 Ron Knee // Feb 17, 2016 at 10:48 AM


    Maybe next time?

  • 61 banjax // Feb 17, 2016 at 10:52 AM

    Change is needed now – not in 2 games time. How many chances does McLaren get ? Seriously with all the time and money he has had is it really necessary to rise 2 more games because I’m telling you now we won’t win away to Stoke and at best we’ll be looking at a draw at home to Bournemouth. So like we’re all saying make the change now with 16 days to bring in a new management team and have more games to save our Premiership lives.

  • 62 WWSBRD // Feb 17, 2016 at 10:53 AM

    He also had Mario Balotelli thrown on him (he was behind closed doors asking papers not to link them will him because he didnt want him)

  • 63 AncientC // Feb 17, 2016 at 10:54 AM

    Conte is probably the most wanted manager in the world after Guardiola, nice thought though lol.

  • 64 Ian Toon // Feb 17, 2016 at 10:55 AM

    Suarez, Sturridge, Sterling and Coutinho gave Rodgers a potent attack. Scoring goals was not a problem. However contrary to popular opinion it was not Gerrard’s slip against Chelsea that cost them the title; it was points dropped because of a shocking defence. The writing was on the wall when the team ended season 2013/14 with 101 league goals, but conceding 50 goals in 38 games. He did nothing to improve the defence and the departure of Suarez opened up the cracks and a lack of strategy.
    Bodgers is not the man to sort out our woeful defence. Time spent drilling the defence by Macca and co is the answer. A point at Stoke and win against Bournemouth will give us momentum.

  • 65 Tsunki // Feb 17, 2016 at 10:56 AM

    Just one more throw of the dice, just one more. My lucks bound to change. Bound to.

  • 66 AncientC // Feb 17, 2016 at 10:57 AM

    WWSBRD – If sure looked like Rodgers had taken the fall for the transfer committee at Liverpool.

  • 67 Slank // Feb 17, 2016 at 11:01 AM

    Key Questions

    Will Rodgers want to manage in the Championship ?

    Has he managed a relegated team before ?

    Has he managed a team that was promoted from the Championship ?

  • 68 WWSBRD // Feb 17, 2016 at 11:02 AM

    Yeah I dont think Rodgers troubles at Liverpool were all down to him, his caricature image in the media didnt help but transfers were the main issue imo

  • 69 Jail for Ashley // Feb 17, 2016 at 11:02 AM

    Keep posting like that and everyone will soon forget about Pushy, Ian and Sack Llambias etc!

  • 70 magscar // Feb 17, 2016 at 11:04 AM


    I guess it was my post ( word of the day no less – wow)

    This is what I said

    “Is the apoplexy really necessary? Ashley is to blame overall for our current problems. I believe he even said something about where the buck stops.”

    There was more where I explained why i thought you seemed that way but why let it get in the way of your quick wit and another chance to bring up Ashley.

    That’s twice today I have to correct some regular posters who really should know better but if you can get a sly dig in hey why not it’s a slow news day (week fortnight whatever)

  • 71 TudorCrisps // Feb 17, 2016 at 11:07 AM

    Judge us after 10 games he said, he’s had 26 and we are worse off than when charver carver was in charge. He should had been fired long ago surely Ashley will have to step in and get rid especially with all the tv money next season, needs to do it now rather then trying to give a new manager say 7 games to save our club

  • 72 stuart no9 // Feb 17, 2016 at 11:13 AM

    I like the sound of BR as boss , yes he can overdo the triangle a little and it seemed like when Liverpool passed it around for 20 mins without getting anywhere , but they kept possession rarely lost the ball and the opponents chasing . That is what we need at the mnute – hold the ball and keep possession and look for opportunities – enter shelvey . Ok we may take a while to get into it , but it’s a start . A good start if you ask me

  • 73 Ian Toon // Feb 17, 2016 at 11:15 AM

    Jail- Ever the perpetuating the myth. You could always focus on the football!

  • 74 magscar // Feb 17, 2016 at 11:15 AM

    For those championing Rogers I recall a Channel Five documentary series on Liverpool when he took over and a melodramatic scene I found embarrassing where he claimed to write down the names of 3 players who would let him down that season.

    Don’t know if it will be on You Tube but this article references the moment.

    There are other factors why I wouldn’t like to see him here at least for the run in as I think he wouldn’t steady the ship early enough. In the longer term? – perhaps but not convinced.

  • 75 Jail for Ashley // Feb 17, 2016 at 11:17 AM

    I beg to differ, I’ve been using the word apoplectic for a good while now

    4ail for Ashley // Mar 20, 2014 at 9:15 AM
    Copy and paste above

  • 76 WWSBRD // Feb 17, 2016 at 11:22 AM

    Hes cringey and borderline embarrassing but who cares he does decent stuff on the pitch, players get better under him and he has good man management skills

  • 77 Tsunki // Feb 17, 2016 at 11:23 AM

    Aww…..c’mon Magscar, that wasn’t a day fig at you at all you’re being being touch sensitive, I believe Blackley also said I was Apoplectic so you’re not alone in ascribing vein-popping rage to me, which I never have on this blog. Even the most heated disagreements will find me chuckling as I tap the words out. And I don’t try and bring Mike into everything…well not EVERY THING ha ha. Relax and bask in the glow of having Word of the Day attributed to you! 🙂

  • 78 magscar // Feb 17, 2016 at 11:23 AM

    Site is having problems – took ages for last post to go through but no mention of moderation. Was it because I inculded a link??

  • 79 lochinvar // Feb 17, 2016 at 11:25 AM

    Reality is that because of the shambolic results to date and the precarious position the club is in then I would have thought six points not four from the next two games is the minimum needed to buy McLaren some space. However we are at the tipping point and even four points might not be a strong enough start to any resurgence in form that is either predicted or necessary.
    Moyes – no thanks, McLaren mark2.
    Rodgers – wouldn’t know until he arrives.
    Pearson – might just have the personality and energy ( energy is needed for momentum ) needed to get the results needed….

    How did we get into this mess Stanley ?

  • 80 Tsunki // Feb 17, 2016 at 11:26 AM

    Ah but Jail have you been called Apoplectic by different posters in quick succession because you expressed your frustration at the way fat boy fat dodges the bullets while his human shields soak up the hate? 🙂

  • 81 magscar // Feb 17, 2016 at 11:26 AM


    Had forgotten there was further mention ( and as Jfa has reminded us he has copyright on word).

    Just sensitive to be being misquoted or maligned by others especially as I have only one username to protect 🙂

  • 82 lochinvar // Feb 17, 2016 at 11:27 AM

    Just saw the clip about Rodgers and the envelope trick – cross him off the list then. More chance with Paul Daniels.

  • 83 AncientC // Feb 17, 2016 at 11:28 AM

    magsca – In reference to Rodgers, there were no names in the envelopes.

    I pasted this part:

    ‘There were no names,’ Rodgers told ESPN.

    It’s thought the idea was a simple stunt at making sure all players performed to their maximum, in order to prove the manager wrong.

    The idea was previously known to be something used by Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.

  • 84 cyprus // Feb 17, 2016 at 11:28 AM

    I see true geordie is also advocating firing Steve now. I’m not so sure. I saw Brendan all weekend with Andy and Keys, he seems a very likable chap. Can he do the job in a relegation fight? We need a Pulis type really.

    If there isn’t anyone appropriate around, stick with this guy. We brought in Shearer with 24 points available, he got 8. We need like a point a game, he can do it. This Doumbia might prove good. And Mitro, whom we all idolised (I didn’t know him) and no way we would get, well he must start scoring. Shelvey (see above re-fans) must prove the saviour we all (not me, hope I’m wrong) said he’d be.

    Players need to stand up and be counted – now. Especially that Gini. He can play brilliantly and crap. Fits right in with the NUFC model.

  • 85 magscar // Feb 17, 2016 at 11:30 AM


    There have been other moments ( Carroll not in his plans then quick correction to keep fee up) and if he can’t work with a transfer committee ( Liverpool certainly showed how to waste windfalls from Torres and Suarez) would he be any better of with us?

  • 86 Tsunki // Feb 17, 2016 at 11:31 AM

    Magscar I can point you to a few posters who would fit the Apoplectic image you speak of.

  • 87 cyprus // Feb 17, 2016 at 11:31 AM

    Was it 8 or 5 points he got

  • 88 Jib // Feb 17, 2016 at 11:32 AM

    For those who have the ability (or the know how)
    Temporarily disabling Adobe Flashplayer whilst blogging makes the site run a lot quicker and smoother.

  • 89 Tsunki // Feb 17, 2016 at 11:33 AM

    You weren’t misquoted either Magscar, let’s be fair. You weren’t actually quoted either, you just assumed it was you.

  • 90 Tsunki // Feb 17, 2016 at 11:35 AM

    Does anybody actually have flash turned on when they’re in this site?

    Suicide! Are you trying to get a divorce?


  • 91 magscar // Feb 17, 2016 at 11:36 AM


    That may be so ( article mentioned it I think but I didn’t read it all) but it was the mind games as a new manager I didn’t take too found it pathetic like a school team manager.

    He managed perhaps the best Liverpool team in years but came up short – not just Chelsea( was bad luck) but Crystal Palace before it.

  • 92 WWSBRD // Feb 17, 2016 at 11:37 AM

    I really dont care how he would affect our net transfer spend, being honest with fans would be something new though. As for the transfer committee they wasted the money not him he just had to deal with players who didnt fit his plans….and he did pretty well under the circumstances

  • 93 magscar // Feb 17, 2016 at 11:40 AM


    An easy mistake to make when posters don’t reference who they were quoting. An all too common occurrence with some on here ( see I can do it – who does he mean?) 🙂

    Sorry about smiley I know they can irritate you

  • 94 AncientC // Feb 17, 2016 at 11:47 AM

    Rodgers brought red nets back to Anfield, an attempt to remind players and fans of the tradition of the club.

    I wonder if he is any good at tying Wonga Balloons.

  • 95 magscar // Feb 17, 2016 at 11:51 AM


    I am not on about net transfer but his difficulties with players foisted on him. Mixed bunch but some big fees in there and with PL experience certainly on paper were better buys than our contemporary ones. would he really fare any better here?

    At end of day he will have my support if he is appointed as I have no say, just as with McGarry, Souness, Alladyce , Pardew and McClaren none of whom I wanted – there were others. What they have in common is for me they didn’t then go on to fill me with confidence that I had been wrong.

    It has been been mostly a long hard road apart from Harvey ( until later years), Cox KK and SBR.

  • 96 Tsunki // Feb 17, 2016 at 11:52 AM

    Smileys irritating? 🙂

    I suppose I do use them a lot though.

  • 97 Tsunki // Feb 17, 2016 at 11:53 AM

    AncientC I think he’d be ok at blowing them up. Takes a big puff though.

  • 98 magscar // Feb 17, 2016 at 11:54 AM

    Well looks like apoplectic is certainly the word of this morning.

    Raw nerve or have you got a bet on Tsunki?

  • 99 AncientC // Feb 17, 2016 at 11:56 AM

    You could put it like this, Rodgers is considered too good to be at Swansea but not quite good enough to be at Liverpool. Somewhere between Liverpool and Swansea in the table, isn’t a Newcastle.

  • 100 Blackley and Brownlie // Feb 17, 2016 at 11:57 AM

    For an old duffer who sharpens pencils and changes the computer ink, you sure put Old Blackas to shame with your technological know how. Well impressed. I can’t even change my password from the one Dixons set me up with. My computer use is governed by Murphy’s Law.

  • 101 goommy // Feb 17, 2016 at 11:57 AM

    BR is ok for me. I think at least he’s better than Mcclaren..

  • 102 Rotonda heights // Feb 17, 2016 at 11:59 AM

    Why has it always got to be a Brit?

    If it has to be a Brit then I guess BR isn’t a bad shout and definitely more modern than Moyes.

    But why not at least look at the likes of Nuno, Sampauli, Pellegrini (when available) Benitez, Rui Garcia, Laudrup, Viera.

    If carr or Charnley are still here in the summer and still have to be referenced by any incoming manager the problem won’t go away.

  • 103 magscar // Feb 17, 2016 at 12:00 PM


    Historical point – I believe you pulled me up on it way back when I burst onto the Blog (after a few well spaced apart other offerings – I like to learn from the Blog seniors ( not age related necessarily just those who have posted for ever and perhaps are not being sarcastic as you weren’t as I recall)

    Anyway must go as I was busy with something and stopped for coffee, checked Blog and an hour later….

  • 104 Tsunki // Feb 17, 2016 at 12:01 PM

    Thank you Blackley, have to find something to study while the coffee stains and printer ink are being rubbed out of my apron.

  • 105 Ian Toon // Feb 17, 2016 at 12:02 PM

    Klopp headhunted Matip and has said there is no ambiguity when it comes to signing players. Again exploding the myth of Rodger’s falling foul of a recruitment team at Liverpool. Rodger’s only used the excuse of him not targeting certain players signed and subsequently flopped when he was sacked and looking to brush up his image.

  • 106 Tsunki // Feb 17, 2016 at 12:03 PM

    Magscar – did I? That seems awfully hypocritical seeing as I am probably a chief abuser of the smiley on this blog. I apologise. Glass houses etc.

  • 107 Tsunki // Feb 17, 2016 at 12:05 PM

    Likewise I had stuff to do, you know, helpering and all that, I’m now way behind gotta dash..later!

  • 108 Blackley and Brownlie // Feb 17, 2016 at 12:05 PM

    I can’t see any manager making a difference now. Unless he’s a player manager, natural leader and CB who scores 20 goals a season.

    Charnley’s taken the motor to the garage to have the tyres inflated and has been side tracked by fancy chrome accessories. Then he’s filled up with petrol instead of diesel and the garage is now shut.

  • 109 Ian Toon // Feb 17, 2016 at 12:06 PM

    Blackley – Self deprecation. It won’t last on here. Is it a sign of a period of self reflection or are you on a charm offensive ?

  • 110 Rotonda heights // Feb 17, 2016 at 12:08 PM


    Great analogy.

  • 111 AncientC // Feb 17, 2016 at 12:09 PM

    Ian Toon – Klopp demanded more control of transfers when joining Liverpool. His transfer record thus far isn’t anything to shout about either.

    I also do not recall Rodgers publicly laying the blame on Liverpool’s transfer committee, in some quest to untarnish his image.

  • 112 magscar // Feb 17, 2016 at 12:10 PM


    No need to be apoplectic ( sorry apologetic)
    – it was heeded good advice 🙂

  • 113 toon kk // Feb 17, 2016 at 12:18 PM

    How’s a new manager coming in now make a difference to our poor defence? He can’t make Colo run faster, he can’t give the other players quality they never had or ever will have.
    Yes we need a good manager with fresh ideas, but until we have the correct players we’ll always be poor in defence and struggle to score. Mitrovic needs time, so we need a proven striker which we haven’t got.

  • 114 Ian Toon // Feb 17, 2016 at 12:23 PM

    Klopp is a strong character. It’s a little early to start judging his transfer record at Liverpool. This time next season following a summer
    purge and a number of new Klopp type signings. Just what we will be required to do irrespective of which LeGus were in. It’s long overdue.

  • 115 Ian Toon // Feb 17, 2016 at 12:25 PM


  • 116 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 17, 2016 at 12:26 PM

    toon kk…sometimes the right manager can make a poor defense look just average. Maybe that’s all we need for now?

    …sometimes the right manager can get the most out of a forward who simply cannot find the net. It’s the small things, but the important things if you ask me.

    A manager is not just a pretty face on the TV, he’s actually one the most important aspects of an effective team / club.

  • 117 Mag52 // Feb 17, 2016 at 12:31 PM


    A tidy number of points/positions ahead of us though, with a squad costing next to nothing.

  • 118 Ian Toon // Feb 17, 2016 at 12:33 PM

    toonKK- Yes but we’re not proactive when it comes to going after players. Matic was linked but so was Ali. We need to employ and generate some vibrancy amongst our recruitment scouting team. Maybe it’s just a question of getting a younger ambitious DOF.

  • 119 hibbitt // Feb 17, 2016 at 12:35 PM

    is Rodgers the right manager and more importantly would he come knowing the position we are in …..i am not sure he would

  • 120 No Defence // Feb 17, 2016 at 12:40 PM

    I wonder why Cissi hasn’t gone to Spain, is he going to China?

  • 121 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 17, 2016 at 12:46 PM

    hibbitt…I wouldn’t know of course, but I don’t think he’s the right manager long term. Could he be just for now…maybe!

    I don’t have the answer, but it seems a top PL manager costs around £3M a year. We have wasted more money than that on players that didn’t fit our way of “thinking” football.

  • 122 Mister Tuff // Feb 17, 2016 at 12:47 PM

    Ian Toon – you stated I was being moderated for bullying -could you please explain this further – moderated by who.
    Or is it just another one of your lies – like saying I was plotting to get Blackley banned from the blog.

    You mentioned you had support on the blog from 23 unamed persons. How did this come about – by what means did you become aware that there was a support group for you. Had someone emailed you and told you this. Why would a group of 23 people feel the need to support you – why – was something happening on the blog?

    Or have you just made this up – I suspect so unless of course you can tell me otherwise.

  • 123 Ian Toon // Feb 17, 2016 at 12:48 PM

    Mister Tuff- What is your relationship with Ronnie Pickering?

  • 124 Ian Toon // Feb 17, 2016 at 12:50 PM

    There are always more questions than answers!

  • 125 Ian Toon // Feb 17, 2016 at 12:52 PM

    Your wasting your time if you think you can bully me into telling you anything I don’t think is propitious.

  • 126 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 17, 2016 at 12:53 PM

    hibbitt…there was an interesting article on BBC last year after Brendan Rodgers was sacked from Liverpool.

    The best manager doesn’t always get results! Well that was sort of the premise of the article 🙂

  • 127 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 17, 2016 at 12:56 PM

    ESPN also ran an article in the summer last year that was meant as an survival guide to the PL. It’s rather funny to re-read 🙂

  • 128 Mister Tuff // Feb 17, 2016 at 12:58 PM

    Ian Toon – it has nothing at all to do with anything propitious for anyone it is a matter of substantiating your comments that I was being moderated – as simple as that.
    You posted it – so am I being moderated yes or no.
    I am not bullying you – just asking you to explain.
    I will continue to ask until you explain yourself – that is not bullying just asking you to explain what you have said. If you have just made it up why not say so.

  • 129 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 17, 2016 at 1:05 PM

    hibbitt…take your pick mate. We are clearly not going to get someone who has a job 😉

    It might be wishful thinking, but getting someone like Mourinho for the rest of the season would be a scoop. A pure winner who demand everything. Probably what we need right now.

    But we will always have the problem with both:

    a) getting Charnley to actually do some work…and quickly

    b) getting Ashley to see the bigger picture and pay what’s needed

  • 130 hibbitt // Feb 17, 2016 at 1:06 PM

    that ESPN articale could have been written with us in mind wish someone forward it to the Charnley at the time

  • 131 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 17, 2016 at 1:10 PM

    hibbitt…it’s rather frighting that we have committed all the mistakes that could lead to relegation…again. And where are we headed…again 😉

  • 132 toonincheek // Feb 17, 2016 at 1:11 PM

    I think we need a smiley to represent “apoplectic”.

  • 133 Ian Toon // Feb 17, 2016 at 1:14 PM

    Mr Tuff- It isn’t appropriate for me to comment. I personally would recommend you undertake a period of self reflection upon your recent time on the blog and your frequent acts of triumphalism.
    I had personally hoped that my constant reference to bullying would get the matter addressed . It’s certainly not a good idea to come on the blog with the sole intention to attack someone as you did jib last night.

  • 134 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 17, 2016 at 1:17 PM

    toonincheck…does any of these suffice?

  • 135 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 17, 2016 at 1:18 PM

    Ian…it’s just a simple question senor Tuff is asking. It only requires a Yes or No.

  • 136 Jib // Feb 17, 2016 at 1:21 PM

    Going to be squeaky bum time for the bottom 6/7 right until the end.

    Try a forecast out of this lot – the next 5 up until the 1st weekend in April

    West Ham v Sunlun
    Watford v B/Mouth
    Stoke v Villa
    Leics v Nwich
    WBA v CP
    Spurs v Swans

    Sunlun v CP
    Nwich v Chelsea
    Villa v Everton
    Leics v WBA
    Stoke v NUFC
    Arsenal v Swans
    B/Mouth v Soton

    Soton v Sunlun
    Swans v Nwich
    NUFC v B/mouth
    WBA v Man U
    CP v Lpool
    Man City v Villa

    Nwich v Man City
    Villa v Spurs
    Sunlun v Everton
    B/mouth v Swans
    Leics v NUFC
    Man U v CP
    Arsenal v WBA

    CP v Leics
    WBA v Nwich
    Spurs v B/mouth

    Nwich v NUFC
    West Ham v CP
    B/mouth v Man City
    Villa v Chelsea
    Sunlun v WBA
    Stoke v Swans

  • 137 Mister Tuff // Feb 17, 2016 at 1:22 PM

    jesper -no – it simply requires a yer or no.

  • 138 Mister Tuff // Feb 17, 2016 at 1:25 PM

    Ian Toon stop trying to divert the issue.
    It is simply not good enough to appear on the blog and for whatever reason you have to tell outright lies about people.
    I ask again am I being moderated. Simple question.

  • 139 Jib // Feb 17, 2016 at 1:26 PM

    Swans v Villa

  • 140 Mister Tuff // Feb 17, 2016 at 1:28 PM

    Ian Toon – you say it is not appropriate for you to comment – why is that – you seemed perfectly unhindered in saying I was being moderated for bullying. So why is it now not appropriate to comment further – is it because you have just made it up.

  • 141 Jib // Feb 17, 2016 at 1:33 PM

    No Defence @ 120
    Valid point
    The club still has 9 days to sell him to China

  • 142 LGFUAD21 // Feb 17, 2016 at 1:34 PM

    In part I feel a bit for Mcclaren.

    The media is going on about spending £80m for this cr@p

    But while the board have put the money up they havent recruited in the right places.

    Thauvin? – Everybody called it before he kicked a ball that he would fail.
    Saivet could come good but he wasnt a necessary addition by any means.

    I think Charlie in Gallowgate could be right, even if we got Rodgers or Moyes, we’d still have no defenders capable of competing in this league.

    Personally I hope we get Rodgers, while his Liverpool side couldnt defend well I think you have to look at their players (Kolo Toure, Flannagan?!) all while Steven Gerrard was their holding midfielder.

    You have to wonder whether Rodgers was tactically ignorant to defending or whether he just knew his defence was hopeless and therefore concentrated on building an attacking team.

    We dont need a blistering defence, the fans wouldnt accept it they want attacking football. We just need a solid 6/10 defence.

  • 143 sloveniangeordie // Feb 17, 2016 at 1:35 PM

    I think we should sign Pearson. He has authority, is strict man and done great job at Leicester. He saved them and I’m 100 % sure he can save us. He knows what fans want, he worked here before and understand football very well. I have no trust in Rodgers. I have friend who is Liverpool fan and said to me he was the happiest man on Earth when he heard Rogders had been sacked as manager of Liverpool. According to my friend he has no discipline, no strategy, no tactic and had lost lockeroom.

  • 144 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 17, 2016 at 1:37 PM

    Senor Tuff…Yer 😉

  • 145 No Defence // Feb 17, 2016 at 1:40 PM

    Yea cisse posted a photo today, hi China I’m fit come and get me.

  • 146 Ian Toon // Feb 17, 2016 at 1:41 PM

    Maybe I too have reflected. Which is what you need to do. I have no current knowledge i could reasonably add. The issue could well be determined based on your future behaviour but that’s my assumption.
    I sometimes do wonder whether you seriously believe the things you say about me. Existing as I do in the real world you should stop the bluster and calm down. You certainly attach to much emphasis to life on a football blog.

  • 147 Ian Toon // Feb 17, 2016 at 1:42 PM

    I am returning to work. Do try and put things in perspective.

  • 148 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 17, 2016 at 1:44 PM

    Yer Senor Tuff…do try 😉

  • 149 Jib // Feb 17, 2016 at 1:45 PM

    The Chronic is trying to make a big deal out of Mitrovic not going with the squad to Spain.

    They reported the other week that his girlfriend is due to have a baby in a few weeks.

    They really are crap journos.

  • 150 toon kk // Feb 17, 2016 at 1:49 PM

    I honestly think Macca is fighting a loosing battle with our squad, in many ways he’s a pd off as we are, he never knows himself if our players are going to turn up or not.
    I’m sure he’ll discuss what he wants and all too often we just can’t be arsed. It’s gone on for a long time, P45 had the same problem he struggled to motivate our French flops.

  • 151 toonincheek // Feb 17, 2016 at 2:02 PM

    jesper – thanks for the link.
    Helps – I’ll give them a try, though
    I’m not a big fan of smileys.

  • 152 123 Dummet Time // Feb 17, 2016 at 5:23 PM

    I want Frank De Boer

  • 153 posada // Feb 17, 2016 at 7:04 PM

    Can’t believe the Tufted Wonder has the nerve to stay. Yeh he will be hanging on for a pay off, but has he no pride.

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