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Surprise Favorite Installed As New Magpies Manager

8:47 pm, Sunday, March 6th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 133 Comments

We listed this morning four experienced managers who are currently out of a job and who could be installed as the new Newcastle manager – always assuming the club doesn’t stick with Steve McClaren after his appalling record on Tyneside.

But they have stuck with him so far – which is far too long and we wouldn’t put it past them to keep sticking with him, such is the incompetence at Newcastle this season.

That would only ensure we are definitely relegated this season.

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Nigel Pearson at Newcastle in 2008 alongside Kevin Keegan

Here are the poll results after over 5,300 readers have voted.

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But the betting shop Paddy Power have installed former Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson, the current favorite so perhaps some punters are aware of things we are not.

Here are the latest odds on who could become the next Newcastle manager:

Nigel Pearson        13/8
David Moyes           5/2
Rafa Benitez           4/1
Brendan Rodgers     4/1

Nigel did the amazing escape last season as manager of Leicester City.

It was the greatest escape in Premier League history when in the final nine games of the season from bottom place – they proceeded to win seven and drew one and lost only to PL Champions Chelsea to get an amazing 22 points that hauled them to safety and above Newcastle in the league table.

And now Leicester are top of the Premier League!

However, it would be a big ask for Nigel to do it again – this time with Newcastle United.

Comments welcome.

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

133 responses so far ↓

  • 1 archaeomag // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:50 PM

    I am sure that Jose would do it – for Bobby Robson’ s sake – if we asked him nicely, he’s like that.

  • 2 JackButler // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:52 PM

    Northern Echo reporting that he will be sacked if an experienced replacement can be brought in for the last 10 games

  • 3 Jail for Ashley // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:52 PM

    Shit headlinr!

  • 4 Jib // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:54 PM

    Lee Ryder in the Ronnie Gill

    Steve McClaren will learn his fate in the next 24 hours after Newcastle United chiefs opted against making an immediate decision on his future after the 3-1 loss to AFC Bournemouth.

    McClaren told United’s Football Board that he wanted to carry on as head coach and would not resign despite the club’s precarious position.

    United were scheduled to return to training on Tuesday with their next game with Leicester City taking place next Monday night.

    The former England manager still feels he can stave off the threat of relegation with 10 games left.

    The Toon boss was angered by the performance of his team and during the aftermath of the damaging loss to the Cherries he asked his players if they were up for the fight to stay in the Premier League.

    McClaren is hoping to get the nod to prepare the team for the trip to Leicester.

    United did not have a replacement lined up for McClaren despite the team losing the last three games.

    It is believed that United’s managing director Lee Charnley had been keen to give him more time to get things right as Newcastle boss – and that Charnley had approved the recent trip to La Manga in the hope that it would revive Newcastle’s ailing season.

    McClaren may yet get handed a stay of execution as Newcastle head coach, but fans have made it clear they want to see a change in the dugout.

    Traditionally, Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has not been swayed by the opinions of supporters or the media.

  • 5 toon kk // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:55 PM

    Macca’s here to stay, we’re not run like other clubs.
    Other clubs do what is in the interest to better there prospects. Not Newcastle.

  • 6 magscar // Mar 6, 2016 at 9:04 PM


    Yes I did in terms of not making decisions with their interests at heart but as you like to lay traps in your posts and seem to believe that we are being monitored I thought it best to clarify your intentions which you haven’t.

    Perhaps I might be disposed to post more on the new point you raise if you would care to answer me.

    Anyway on 2cnd thoughts as I have to go my initial reaction like most was just PR! but neither offended nor taken in by it. An expedient cost nothing exercise which clearly backfired. Seeking to manage expectations before a game is nothing sinister nor worth getting worked about. If we had won would anyone be querying it?

  • 7 NUFC FOR SALE // Mar 6, 2016 at 9:04 PM

    Apparently he’s been dismissed.

  • 8 AncientC // Mar 6, 2016 at 9:04 PM

    The rumours are heating up on Twitter. It is starting to look like McClaren has been sacked. As usual, the fans will be the last to find out via official confirmation.

  • 9 BandB // Mar 6, 2016 at 9:05 PM


    Gotta go.

    Sorry mascara. Duty calls.

  • 10 lochinvar // Mar 6, 2016 at 9:08 PM

    The former England manager still feels he can stave off the threat of relegation with 10 games left.

    The Toon boss was angered by the performance of his team and during the aftermath of the damaging loss to the Cherries he asked his players if they were up for the fight to stay in the Premier League.

    McClaren is hoping to get the nod to prepare the team for the trip to Leicester.

    United did not have a replacement lined up for McClaren despite the team losing the last three games.

    It is believed that United’s managing director Lee Charnley had been keen to give him more time to get things right as Newcastle boss – and that Charnley had approved the recent trip to La Manga in the hope that it would revive Newcastle’s ailing season.
    Lee Ryder – why bother ? Answers underneath

    McClaren may yet get handed a stay of execution as Newcastle head coach
    What ?!

    Traditionally, Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has not been swayed by the opinions of supporters or the media.
    No sh@t Sherlock

  • 11 magscar // Mar 6, 2016 at 9:10 PM


    You need your predictive text fixed.

    But run along your little game has run its course 🙂

  • 12 Belfast // Mar 6, 2016 at 9:10 PM

    Good sources like? Or just the general riff raff

  • 13 Our Toon // Mar 6, 2016 at 9:13 PM

    Sack him and bring a foreign manager or bring in Moyes or Brenda until the end of the season. If we stay up go for a foreign manager. Enough of these shite British managers who are clueless

  • 14 AncientC // Mar 6, 2016 at 9:13 PM


    “Newcastle appear to have sacked McClaren with just enough games remaining to save themselves #NUFC”


    “I’ve been told Steve McLaren was dismissed as manager of Newcastle Utd after meetings this afternoon. Pearson or Moyes being looked at.”

    Not sure how reliable those sources are, but they both work in media.

  • 15 toonking // Mar 6, 2016 at 9:14 PM


    all we need now is the book makers to suspend betting

  • 16 magscar // Mar 6, 2016 at 9:14 PM


    Not a Twitter user but is it not a forum which can thrive on Chinese whispers?

    What credence can be put on it as opposed to say local papers?

  • 17 beermonkey // Mar 6, 2016 at 9:15 PM

    sad thing is we know charnley wont have a replacment lined
    i bet parish at palace has some1 lined up to take over from pards if needed

    i reckon there waiting till pards gets the sack so they can bring him back on a free

  • 18 AncientC // Mar 6, 2016 at 9:19 PM

    magscar, look up the twitter usernames, see what you think for yourself. Neither of the accounts look like they have a history of spewing out rumours to get clicks.

  • 19 SPRINGY // Mar 6, 2016 at 9:20 PM

    looks like the pressure is getting to p45due….just seen his interview from this afternoon, and he had a canny rant at the bloke interviewing him after the game!lol

  • 20 lochinvar // Mar 6, 2016 at 9:21 PM

    The fans vote on this blog has Pearson as fourth choice.
    Paddy Power have him as favourite.
    Another betting scam then.

  • 21 Belfast // Mar 6, 2016 at 9:26 PM

    Daily Mail say he’s on the brink although it’s his mate from the press conference who has a grudge lol

  • 22 magscar // Mar 6, 2016 at 9:26 PM


    Sorry I was responding to 8 and hadn’t yet seen yours at 14 which crossed. Those quotes are sufficient thanks – wouldn’t know how to get on to Twitter without delving intcco it .

  • 23 beermonkey // Mar 6, 2016 at 9:26 PM


    yeah i saw that
    made me think he has been warned he is for the chop


    lets hope there right

  • 24 SPRINGY // Mar 6, 2016 at 9:30 PM

    aye maybe….good to see he can take some of the poor form he showed for us to his favourite home…maybe the palace fans deserve it after some the grief aimed our way!lol

  • 25 AncientC // Mar 6, 2016 at 9:30 PM

    beermonkey, he is 1/6 odds for the chop now. I am feeling confident we will be getting a press conference tomorrow.

  • 26 beermonkey // Mar 6, 2016 at 9:35 PM


    its always the fans that suffer


    i will wait for the club before i believe anything
    but its nice to hear he could be gone

    mind you its never good to sack the manager as it means were in the 5h1t

  • 27 bettyswallocks // Mar 6, 2016 at 9:39 PM

    Can’t believe there are still people suggesting relegation is ok as it will give Ashley what he deserves and maybe help to get rid of him.

    I suggest those people look up the word support and then realise it doesn’t mean advocating failure just to spite the owner.

  • 28 toonking // Mar 6, 2016 at 9:39 PM


    think you’ve got a bit mixed up.

    Fans have voted the manager they would like but the book makers themselves have acted realistic. Pearson is most likely to come and thats the one most people will be betting on. Rafa is the manager we’ll see appointed during tonight’s dream

  • 29 toonking // Mar 6, 2016 at 9:41 PM

    i’m off to start dreaming myself.

    night all

  • 30 magscar // Mar 6, 2016 at 9:42 PM


    Have scanned the Craig Hope piece in Mail and it little more than him reading tea leaves but he may be correct.

    Trouble at moment is rumours or speculation on Net leads to bets being laid which leads to reports on Net of falling odds which leads to …..

    Do we even know a meeting has yet taken place?

    The time we all end up spending refreshing Newsnow etc hoping for some info – never mind there will be something on official site soon 🙂

  • 31 Belfast // Mar 6, 2016 at 9:44 PM

    Piss poor management again though. There was an 18 day break that would have been ideal timing to sack him and get in a replacement or at least put a plan in place for if and when it happens.

    It seems wee Lee done ferk all. (Again)

  • 32 John Akomfrah // Mar 6, 2016 at 9:45 PM

    Has not gone yet

  • 33 BandB // Mar 6, 2016 at 9:49 PM

    It’s a good un.
    Mike has a big role.
    jesper will be back.
    Wait and watch it play out.
    You’ll clap in sheer admiration.

  • 34 JamesToon // Mar 6, 2016 at 9:51 PM

    Cathro till the end of the season?

  • 35 Belfast // Mar 6, 2016 at 9:54 PM

    Has Jesper quit the blog again then ? 🙂
    I wondered where he’d went.

  • 36 lochinvar // Mar 6, 2016 at 9:54 PM

    When McLaren has gone , Charvley has to be next as its his incompetence got us into this mess. Carr will retire. Moncur needs to request a transfer into Conference and Banqueting .

  • 37 Belfast // Mar 6, 2016 at 9:55 PM

    Think it was widely reported magscar about the board meeting.

  • 38 Edd Case // Mar 6, 2016 at 9:56 PM

    Would anyone take Gary Neville?
    I imagine his tenure at Valencia is brittle…

    I’d have him in a heartbeat.

  • 39 bettyswallocks // Mar 6, 2016 at 10:01 PM

    Mike doesn’t want a big role. He just wanted things to run themselves without him having to over exert himself.

  • 40 21st Century Schizoid Man // Mar 6, 2016 at 10:03 PM

    Jib // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:36 PM

    All anti Ashley sentiment seemed to vanish with the spending of £82 million in 2 windows.

    Don’t try to rewrite history. There were very many sceptics on here – waiting to see what happened. Some even appear to have had 20/20 foresight. These are the people you have been attacking for six months as ‘know nowts’.

    Yes, even the most suspicious blogger grudgingly hoped the investment would work, and noted the intent, but the absence of a proven striker, odd decisions on French midfielders, and absence of proper restructuring of the back 4, meant that the jury remained out. Some even felt the long overdue arrival of new players was too little too late.

    And nobody really predicted us to have our worst EPL season ever, because hope springs eternal at SJP.

    I’m keeping my fingers crossed they really do sack Tufty.

  • 41 Munster Mag // Mar 6, 2016 at 10:04 PM

    Edd i wud take neville too but we have as much chance of getting mourinho

  • 42 21st Century Schizoid Man // Mar 6, 2016 at 10:05 PM

    Edd Caae

    Not if he repeated his starting form at Valencia – we’d be goners for sure.

  • 43 Jib // Mar 6, 2016 at 10:14 PM

    21st Century Schizoid Man

    I didn’t mean on this blog

    The anti Ashley feeling in general dampened down – on this blog feelings remained the same pretty much.

    Don’t try to rewrite history?
    It’s a blog you berk

  • 44 Belfast // Mar 6, 2016 at 10:14 PM

    Nah think Neville will probably return to sky in the summer and not dip his toes in the management game again for a good few years.

  • 45 bettyswallocks // Mar 6, 2016 at 10:21 PM

    Jib……. Fair play to you for accepting you were wrong yesterday. Very courageous of you but it seems like the end of an era. Artificial intelligence can’t compete with natural stupidity. Lol.

  • 46 lesh // Mar 6, 2016 at 10:22 PM

    We’re all becoming impatient at the time it’s taking to declare McClaren’s fate. We shouldn’t lose sight of the very high likelihood that Charnley won’t have had a McClaren successor in place.

    And we know the Club doesn’t communicate very well but given the speculation over McClaren’s future, we shouldn’t expect a statement saying he’s going nowhere. They would realise that that message would be taken as the dreaded vote of confidence. So, if McClaren isn’t going to be sacked, we’ll have to put up with the silence.

    However, as the Club doesn’t do knee-jerks and as Ashley’s supposed to be involved, they wouldn’t sack McClaren without being able to replace him with a credible replacement.

    And, Ashley’s reputation will have been tarnished by the incompetence shown by the Football Board that he appointed, so he won’t be keen on more media ridicule.

    So and stating the obvious, we’ll either hear of McLaren’s departure (or even an appointment of DoF or some other role) along with his successor’s appointment, or we’ll hear nowt.

    Instinct tells me we’ll hear of Moyes’s appointment – or even Benitez….. that’d be a good one!

  • 47 Jib // Mar 6, 2016 at 10:23 PM

    Run that past me again so I know what the hell you are on about.

  • 48 BandB // Mar 6, 2016 at 10:28 PM


    McClaren has 10 days, or less, depending on how long it takes for a club that gambled everything on a win yesterday to look decisive and get its story straight.
    If they can’t, he’ll stay.

  • 49 bettyswallocks // Mar 6, 2016 at 10:29 PM

    Jib…… I thought it was very honourable of you to change your position on the McC situation and admit you were wrong. It seems like the end of an era as you always came across as very authoritative. The rest was just me trying to be funny but failing miserably.

  • 50 jane // Mar 6, 2016 at 10:30 PM

    a lot of people blame Charnley for not sacking McClaren but my guess is that a big decision about employing or sacking a manager is not done without consultation and agreement with Ashley. I’m guessing Ashley and Charnley have chats from time to time and the conversation goes something like this:
    ‘shall we sack Steve?’
    ‘no not yet’

  • 51 BandB // Mar 6, 2016 at 10:32 PM


    I left you a little cuddle too last night…but Ed moved the debate on and it felt excessive to repost it.

  • 52 banjax // Mar 6, 2016 at 10:34 PM

    It’s going to take a big beast like Benitez to change things quickly at Newcastle. Nigel Pearson although acceptable for most of us would be easily manipulated by an incompetent board and we would wind up where we are now. On the sacking front, and the past experience of this owner and I’m guessing here, is that McLaren has been sacked already and his office has been cleared away already and we are just waiting to hear the announcement when Ashley deems fit. Well anyway, we’ll see what tomorrow brings.

  • 53 manxpie // Mar 6, 2016 at 10:34 PM

    lets just get ferguson in must be proper bored by now im sure a few games at a small club in the north will perk him up a bit plus steve can stay on as coach

  • 54 sparky55 // Mar 6, 2016 at 10:37 PM

    I think tomorrow we’ll see some excellent news followed by some not so excellent news.

    Excellent News…Maclaren sacked

    Not so excellent news…No Rafa, No Pearson, No Moyes, No Brendan….we’ll get Cathro cos we’re 99% down and Ashley won’t spend a couple of million on someone without knowing for sure we’ll stay up.

  • 55 Jib // Mar 6, 2016 at 10:37 PM

    Ashley is supposed to take advice from Redknapp senior.
    If he is talking to ‘arry at the moment who would rubberchops recommend ?

  • 56 beermonkey // Mar 6, 2016 at 10:44 PM


    old soggy chops will reccomend himself but all wages must be paid to his dog
    he will also want a slice of any profits made on players for the next year


    i would like to know whose idea it was to bring cathro in
    given what i read about him when we bought him in were not seeing what he is supposed to be good at

  • 57 BandB // Mar 6, 2016 at 10:45 PM


    I recall that Newcastle lapdog Sky employs and another person who shall remain nameless prowling the nether regions of the airport waiting for Arry to roll in.
    His tip off was wrong. Rather expensively so. I imagine, looking at his face and earwigging his phone calls.

  • 58 lesh // Mar 6, 2016 at 10:48 PM


    That ten or so days you mentioned may just be a blessing. They may *raising eyes* just get something right for once.

  • 59 Jib // Mar 6, 2016 at 10:49 PM

    B and B
    Maybe this time Sandra will stay in Brighton and let Harry have 10 weeks up Norf

  • 60 sparky55 // Mar 6, 2016 at 10:52 PM

    Beermonkey…I must admit I knew nowt about the lad til he landed at the club last year…some of the more knowledgable on here knew more about him and to be honest I have no idea what he’s supposed to be good at either…all I know is he looks very passive sat next to Maclaren and seems to hang his head in bewilderment quite a lot.

    Don’t know what the players think of him and don’t know if he has their respect to such a degree he can make a difference and turn it around but I do think he’ll get the job

  • 61 beermonkey // Mar 6, 2016 at 10:55 PM


    old harry lives in sandbanks in dorset
    i know brighton property prices have gone up but not that much

  • 62 bettyswallocks // Mar 6, 2016 at 10:58 PM

    BandB…….. Is Google a woman because it won’t let you finish your sentence without coming up with other suggestions.

  • 63 Sazzer // Mar 6, 2016 at 10:59 PM

    Other teams would look at Julen Lopetegui, Rudi Garcia, and so on.

    While our board will draw up list of Moyes, Pearson, Benitez and Rodgers and end up picking the one with the worst win%.

  • 64 beermonkey // Mar 6, 2016 at 10:59 PM


    he was making a name for himself as a good coach and from what i read wants to manage

    i might be inclined to bring in that nuno that cathro worked with, they seemed to do well together
    with only 10 games left we need some1 to come in and sort of wow the players into action but i have no clue who could do it

  • 65 Laurent Robert 32 // Mar 6, 2016 at 11:02 PM

    Beer, McClaren and Simpson could well overrule any forward thinking philosophies that Cathro may have. He may have to just tow the general coaching line to please both of them. Lilo said that he favours a high pressing game and his methods are unorthodox on the whole.

    Judging by many of the games, any of Cathro’s input is superseded and overruled in favour of caution and counter-attack.

    Ironically, our best games this year have been when we’ve pressed high up the pitch.

  • 66 BandB // Mar 6, 2016 at 11:04 PM


    It’s a woman if it lets you have as much time as you like to finish your sentence, as long as she’s sure you are saying something stupid that you’ll live to regret.
    Never trust a woman who lets you have the last word.

  • 67 wynsleap // Mar 6, 2016 at 11:04 PM

    Moyes, Benitez or Rodgers but please NOT Nigel Pearson.
    He’s just another, no success on his CV, run of the mill manager who would be given no respect by the players.
    Surely Ashley MUST have learned his lesson by now about employing third rate personnel.
    While he’s at it how about getting rid of Charnley and Beardsley too and get some real visionaries into the club?
    It may be our last ever chance before we disappear out of sight never to be seen again.

  • 68 BandB // Mar 6, 2016 at 11:05 PM

    You can have the last word now….

  • 69 Jib // Mar 6, 2016 at 11:08 PM

    At Rio Aves and Valencia , Nuno Espírito Santo used Cathro purely as a coach.
    He has no track record of motivating players.
    However this article says he was widely considered to be among the top 3 in the world at what he does and his leaving Valencia so suddenly ( for personal reasons ) they find baffling.
    The headline says “Nuno went to Newcastle” meaning Nuno is lost without Cathro

  • 70 beermonkey // Mar 6, 2016 at 11:08 PM

    Laurent Robert

    he is an intersting coach like to keep things freash and diffrent
    i do agree with lilo
    i dont think he is having a say
    cathros box soccer stuff looked good i was hoping he would get to set stuff up in the academy as well

  • 71 beermonkey // Mar 6, 2016 at 11:10 PM


    he didnt last long after cathro went

  • 72 jane // Mar 6, 2016 at 11:10 PM

    it is possible that Ashley and Charnley in their wisdom may decide not to sack McClaren. if that happens it would still be possible to avoid the drop and the fans would still give massive support in the derby … until Sunderland score but that might be a risk they will take!

  • 73 bettyswallocks // Mar 6, 2016 at 11:11 PM

    A quiet man is a thoughtful man. A quiet woman is usually angry.

  • 74 Jib // Mar 6, 2016 at 11:12 PM

    Cough cough
    Jamie lives in Sandbanks
    Harry lives in Poole

  • 75 BandB // Mar 6, 2016 at 11:15 PM


  • 76 Laurent Robert 32 // Mar 6, 2016 at 11:17 PM

    I don’t think that with Simpson there will help Cathro’s credentials and influence. It’s just another wall of conflict and adversity of which McClaren has the final say anyway.

    They can use Cathro as much or as little as they like.

  • 77 beermonkey // Mar 6, 2016 at 11:18 PM


    The 68-year-old manager, who left his job at Queens Park Rangers back in February, has moved round the corner from his previous home on the exclusive Sandbanks peninsula near Poole in Dorset.

    in dorset about 100 miles from brighton

  • 78 Mister Tuff // Mar 6, 2016 at 11:19 PM

    Jib Jibberish I see you’ve been pulled up for yet another gaffe – unfortunately I recall you’ve made exactly the same gaffe before – that Dirty Harry lives in Brighton -when in fact he lives in Sandbanks – nowhere near Brighton. I recall I had to cane your jacksie then – please change your game – have you looked into netball as I have previously suggested.

  • 79 sloveniangeordie // Mar 6, 2016 at 11:20 PM

    Come on, Ashley, bring Capello or Bielsa in. They are both free and they are only two person who can save us right now. There’s no chance any other will do so. We was spending 80 millions for crap players and average coaches. We need to start spending for quallity coaches. I don’t care if Capello or Bielsa will cost us millions, they are worth every single penny. Not like that Wolly with the brolly type of coach, who even doesn’t have a clue about football. Do us all favour, Mike Ashley, and start doing what is best for business and best for our club.

  • 80 Jib // Mar 6, 2016 at 11:23 PM

    Mr Tuff must have a gaffe alarm set for “Jib”
    Kind of flattering.
    Mr Tuff your not really a 15 year old schoolgirl are you ?
    Your posts are daft enough

  • 81 bettyswallocks // Mar 6, 2016 at 11:24 PM

    Mister Tufff…… That’s kicking a man when he’s down. Lol.

  • 82 West Lancs Geordie // Mar 6, 2016 at 11:26 PM

    It doesn’t matter a bugger if Mclaren is sacked as no one will be prepared to take the poison challis. I’ve been a supporter of this club for more years than I care to remember but I am sorry to say it is in the worstt state I can ever remember & there have been some really bad times. The Club is rotten from top to bottom & for a team to give such a lackless performance in front of 52000+. was an absolute disgrace. We were humiliated by a team of newboys who can only attract a crowd of 12000. Get rid of the the lot & start again
    Utter disgrace I’m finished with em!!

  • 83 BandB // Mar 6, 2016 at 11:27 PM

    Mike may wade in soon.

    Mike….it’s him or you, dearest.

    Jib thinks the sentiment has gone away.

    But it is dry brush, and just needs a torch and you’ll be on the telly sweating though your arse again before Bish can lift a finger.

    God bless, chuck.

  • 84 SPRINGY // Mar 6, 2016 at 11:34 PM

    a lot of people on here are saying if we go down we’ll not return for a long time….i dont in to that tbh…if ashley was willing to spend in the transfer windows why would’nt he invest to get us back up?….i dont want us to go down but if we did, it may get rid of a lot big time charlie dross who are receiving a pay check for half arsed performances….if we stay up and a new manager comes in, he needs to get the best out of the players who decide to stop or get players in that are going to improve us.

  • 85 SPRINGY // Mar 6, 2016 at 11:35 PM

    #dont buy in to that#

  • 86 mattyNUFC // Mar 6, 2016 at 11:36 PM

    anyone but moyes will do.

    jose 1st choice (no matter how fantastical, he’d still be my first)
    rafa 2nd
    nigel 3rd
    brendan 4th

    anyone but moyes. seriously. it’d be one step forward sacking macca, two steps back giving money to that footballing dino

  • 87 West Lancs Geordie // Mar 6, 2016 at 11:36 PM

    There’s only one reason we are in this mess. We didn’t buy a class centre Back & a really good left back when we all knew we were on the bare bones.. Big Al was distraught on Saturday Night & rightly so. How can you leave a £15M striker (who we know has been crap ) but leave him out and let Riviere lead the line who I don’t think has scored a Prem goal. Saylor is past his sell by date, Dummett isn’t fit, Lascelles isn’t good enough & when is Mbembe going to be fit because he is one player we really need back. Injury after injury after injury something else thats radically wrong. The players must now take responsibility starting Monday Night at Leicester but I don’t think thy will.Then it could be ultimate humiliation – another home defeat to Mackems

  • 88 Jib // Mar 6, 2016 at 11:40 PM

    A left field possibility

    Rudi Garcia parted company with Roma after 3 years in December .

    Graham Carr knows him from his previous 5 years managing Lille (he bought Cabaye and Debuchy from him)

    He has PL ambitions .

    Maybe Rémi Garde’s experience will give him pause for thought

  • 89 West Lancs Geordie // Mar 6, 2016 at 11:41 PM

    At least the man who didn’t know what he was doing at NUFC brought some defenders in to try to strengthen & they seem to be playing with a little bit of passion. We just threw the towel in on Saturday despite the huge support which had been asked for. Shame on the whole lot of them : The Owner,the Board, The “Manager” (Puppet or Muppet) & the awful playing staff apart from Jonjo, Janmaat & perhaps Perez.

  • 90 bettyswallocks // Mar 6, 2016 at 11:42 PM

    Springy…… The PL is where it’s at. We have to be in it at all costs.There is no guarantee of automatic promotion if we go down. The rewards for being in thePL are so huge that there is now huge investment in Championship clubs with managers far shrewder than Mc Claren trying to win promotion.
    Getting rid of the overpaid non triers sounds good but don’t assume we would win the Championship with a few honest Johns and a run of the mill manager.

  • 91 West Lancs Geordie // Mar 6, 2016 at 11:44 PM

    All this talk of manager replacements is pure fantasy. He is only one man is a case of rotting fish!

  • 92 jane // Mar 6, 2016 at 11:46 PM

    can’t blame Riviere for the 3 goals conceded. Taylor, Lascelles and Dummett is far too weak. don’t take anything away from Bournemouth they are a good side and have run the furtherest in matches of all Premier league teams this season.

  • 93 SPRINGY // Mar 6, 2016 at 11:48 PM

    agreed mate,like i said dont want to go down at all,and know the premier is the place to be…..just saying i dont think its the end of the world as ashley has spent money means he knows being in the top flight is where he will make his most money…..if we had’nt spent any money like villa then i would be a lot more worried about coming back up.

  • 94 mattyNUFC // Mar 6, 2016 at 11:50 PM


    agree about Riviere. he was probably the only player trying to make something happen in the 1st half. i laughed when he was selected in the starting 11, and could do nothing but laugh when he was hauled off at half time when he was actually playing half-way decently

  • 95 SPRINGY // Mar 6, 2016 at 11:54 PM

    although he would’nt be my starting striker out the ones available….thought his movement and workrate were good….or should i say better then i thought he was going to do…..would start doumbia against leicester….need pace and movement

  • 96 Laurent Robert 32 // Mar 6, 2016 at 11:55 PM

    I see that Tino’s son Dairon is playing for Portland Timbers just now. Just finished on Sky Sports.

  • 97 bettyswallocks // Mar 6, 2016 at 11:56 PM

    Springy…….. worst case scenario would be relegation and McC staying on. Would you have confidence in McC getting us back up.?

    Second worse case scenario , getting relegated and Mc C getting sacked. Would you have confidence in Charnley and Carr choosing a manager and assuming players leave , new players that would win promotion.
    Don’t forget Ashley has said he’s not the one that picks the manager and players , it’s the board’s job.

  • 98 mattyNUFC // Mar 6, 2016 at 11:56 PM


    this doumbia is an unknown quantity, which is exactly why i would’ve started him long before now. let’s see what he’s about. his goalscoring record speaks for itself. if he’s a dud, he’s a dud, but say, Steve, how’s that saying go about doing things the same way and expecting a different outcome? oh, right.

  • 99 manxpie // Mar 6, 2016 at 11:59 PM

    matty when you look at it, it was a totally wasted sub when in our posistion subs are highly important
    was watching the valencia game earlier and the commentator said after a mess up with a sub coming on how neville should take fergusons advice and always go with ya gut feeling over subs no turning back
    it seems it wasn’t passed on to mclaren!

  • 100 Lindisfarne // Mar 6, 2016 at 11:59 PM

    Louise Taylor has really lowered her threshold:

  • 101 BandB // Mar 7, 2016 at 12:00 AM

    I think Ashley needs to fire Bishop. He seems think the guy is a magician.
    But his system of briefing trusted hacks with half truths and his reliance on shills is just so Clinton ’86.
    Papers can’t afford people sitting around their phones on a Sunday. They are always a day late, and TV is always four hours late.
    Reporters are now trawling the internet for news.
    Because someone, somewhere, might have blabbed something to someone that will take an age to get clearance through the official channels.
    Believe me, “proper” reporters are being dragged out of bed and out of parties tonight because there’s a rumour on Twitter.
    It IS Chinese Whispers.
    But what they can do is hammer their contacts until some trusted source coughs.
    Someone always says “well, just between you and me…..”

  • 102 SPRINGY // Mar 7, 2016 at 12:00 AM

    i dont think macca would get us back up…in fact i believe would have us nearer the bottom of the league then the top…..if we get rid of macca and go down…i believe charnley will be in the cross hairs so his next managerial appointment would have to be good or he will be gone like macca.

  • 103 Mister Tuff // Mar 7, 2016 at 12:05 AM

    Jib – my Jib gaffe alarm is wearing out as it has been activated that many times. Equally my nice whippy jacksie twanging cane is seeing the signs of over use on your buttocks. I’ll have to give it another wood oil treatment.

  • 104 The overrated Frenchman // Mar 7, 2016 at 12:07 AM

    However this plays out, Charnley must be toast. If McClaren goes it won’t be him appointing a new manager I feel quite sure. How could he be trusted given his record? Even if SM stays and we survive I think the football board in its entirety is history. Too much serial underachievement in every way.

  • 105 The overrated Frenchman // Mar 7, 2016 at 12:09 AM

    Is underachievement one word….?

  • 106 SPRINGY // Mar 7, 2016 at 12:11 AM

    it’ll do!lol

  • 107 SPRINGY // Mar 7, 2016 at 12:16 AM

    seems theres a few teams reverting back to the traditional 4-4-2…do you think leicesters success is swaying opinion or coaches just gettin sick of unexciting 4-2-3-1?

  • 108 manxpie // Mar 7, 2016 at 12:17 AM

    at the end of the day it isn’t just mclarens fault is it?
    its the fact we haven’t got a defence or 1 than compete and haven’t for most of the season same with a goal scorer we haven’t had 1 all season
    same with wingers or in other words assister’s
    and people seem to take all blame from ashley because he’s finally spent some money!!
    wat a joke this squad has or should have been built up over the years not a quick fix of untested players
    ashley and the people he hires in such positions is to blame
    no new manager is gonna fix an injury hit squad with no goal scorers and a makeshift shocking defence full stop

  • 109 manxpie // Mar 7, 2016 at 12:20 AM

    springy we havent got wingers to play 442 lol
    whens obertan back? jesus i didn’t think there would be the day i wanted him back but he has experience and gives us another option

  • 110 SPRINGY // Mar 7, 2016 at 12:24 AM

    i think we could get a side out at 4-4-2…as for obertan think there was a pic the other day of him back in training

  • 111 SPRINGY // Mar 7, 2016 at 12:30 AM

    physio room reckons 2nd of april for obertan

  • 112 manxpie // Mar 7, 2016 at 12:33 AM

    we could springy but playing players out of position again
    people again blame managers for that when it just shows how incomplete the squad is
    we havent got a LB or a LW at the mo and at a club of our size with how much money we have is shocking let alone the other deficiencies and mclaren isn’t to blame for that its all down to the crazy recruitment policy that hasn’t worked ever in the 9 years under ashley!

  • 113 manxpie // Mar 7, 2016 at 12:35 AM

    cheers springy well maybe he will be our saviour then you heard it here first lol

  • 114 SPRINGY // Mar 7, 2016 at 12:42 AM

    erm?…..i’ll believe it when i see it!lol

  • 115 manxpie // Mar 7, 2016 at 12:50 AM

    well by the law of averages he’s got to be at least once in his whole time here
    seriously tho its the squad of players and the injuries that have been the major issue this season
    but the managers just another scapegoat and thats why a new one won’t be able to save us

  • 116 SPRINGY // Mar 7, 2016 at 1:01 AM

    when it comes to recruitment, yes you can say that macca is’nt totally to blame but as head coach having transfer windows to get players in…its his job to get the right players in and he must have the bollicks to fight to get the players in he needs…he lacks that… so by not doing his job has left himself in a position he is in now….he had two windows and over 8mth or so enought time to recoqnise the weaknesses in the squad,find the players to strengthen but he did’nt…other managers got players in they wanted….so he has put himself in this position,granted those above did’nt help.

  • 117 lesh // Mar 7, 2016 at 1:03 AM

    Some interesting thoughts from Lee Ryder.

    Reading between the lines, Ashley’s on the case and involved in trying to recruit McClaren’s replacement. If he’s not successful, McClaren’s out (or given another role) and somebody like Rednapp’s in for a few weeks of Cathro’s installed short term.
    Charnley must feel very insecure just now. He’ll know his head’ll be on the block too.

  • 118 SPRINGY // Mar 7, 2016 at 1:04 AM

    i’ll agree the injuries have been a major part….cant argue with that….infact there needs to be a damnn investigation into why so many injuries occur at there training ground as it seems way above other clubs and has been for a lot of years

  • 119 manxpie // Mar 7, 2016 at 1:09 AM

    nah not for me the summer was already done by the time he came in and yeah he had the chance in jan and we seen the change with 2 english players for a start but charnley didn’t deliver the LB we obviously tried to get plus the striker we tried to get
    thats well out of his hands its the cock ups of charnley why we are in this mess this season the money was there for once

  • 120 SPRINGY // Mar 7, 2016 at 1:11 AM

    cant see macca taking another position in the club tbh….his ego is to big,unless, with yet another managerial failure under his belt, he feels he may well do better in another position….cant see it myself like.

  • 121 manxpie // Mar 7, 2016 at 1:14 AM

    the thing that annoys me any toon fan in the world could have 5 mins with ashley and tell him wat little changes he needs to make to make it better
    it’s unbelievable that an ENGLISH!!! owner could be so fuskin stupid!

  • 122 SPRINGY // Mar 7, 2016 at 1:29 AM

    just had a look he signed his contract june 10th…..thats nearly 3 weeks before the players came back to pre-season training from there jollys….he had till the end of august,although yes it was’nt that long.. he knew we had struggled the season before so defenders were a priority and he knew this coz he signed mbemba….im not dumping everything on him,charnley was wrong to sign him and was piss poor slow getting players in,carr seems to stuck somewhere in france permanently picking duds(recent signings excluded) and the players have not giving there all….but the team are playing poor….least away goals out of all 4 divisions,worst start ever for newcastle…..its not good…you may be right a new manager may come in and it might not make a blind bit of difference,but something needs to happen while we have still got a chance……players cant be changed,the people above him wont improve the football so he’s it.

  • 123 SPRINGY // Mar 7, 2016 at 1:36 AM

    ashley cant help but put himself in the position where he drops bollicks…
    puts someone(charnley) in charge so he’s not in the spot light….he’s not up to the job=dropped bollick…..
    gets an experienced scout(carr) to find players…he’s not up to job=dropped bollick…it is very poor and all needs sorting out,but he has no clue who can do the jobs….charnleys,carrs,maccas…so looks like ashley is stepping in according to reports so does this mean charnley is on way?

  • 124 manxpie // Mar 7, 2016 at 2:22 AM

    springy as i said and if you look at statements over any transfer at the club over the years (as thats not a problem in charnleys eyes or ashley’s!! wat a fuskin joke!!!)
    they take great care in players coming into the club mclaren had no choice in the summer not a chance imo
    mbemba and mitro were already targets and so was wiji
    the main point is january and he didn’t get his wishes which we all agree should have came in and the people in charge didn’t do it even a bit of cover ffs

    put it this way if we had competent players to come in this season would we be in the bottom 3 not a chance! but we don’t and we don’t even have standard replacements in some positions its down to recruitment and certainly not just this season but over ashleys whole tenure

  • 125 The overrated Frenchman // Mar 7, 2016 at 2:27 AM

    Springy@107. It beats me why teams don’t play two up front. Maybe I’m showing my age, but haven’t the most successful teams over the years run with that? To me we have two players who are entirely complementary to play up front in Perez and Mitrovic. Neither have scored enough this season, but they are both still growing into this league. Sticking Perez out wide is a waste of time. Gini plays behind them, Townsend out wide, Shelvey and a holding midfielder. Sissoko misses out unfortunately, a luxury we can’t afford. So there you go.

  • 126 SPRINGY // Mar 7, 2016 at 2:36 AM

    there is alot wrong and your right player recruitment has been a joke at times….but still dont thing we would be much better off with macca….no way of knowing now i suppose unless he’s panned and the new manager starts getting results.

  • 127 SPRINGY // Mar 7, 2016 at 2:43 AM

    seems over the last few years there has been a big change formation wise,going a more continental style of 4-2-3-1…but its like thats been tried, not liked and reverting back to 4-4-2 and the teams brave enough to try it are getting some success….only works against 4-2-3-1 if you have willing grafters got to press and close down but seems to work

  • 128 willowdalerez // Mar 7, 2016 at 2:48 AM

    Ed – Your headline is misleading and had my heart skip a beat or two before I realized you meant the bookies had a surprise in store for the punters!

    Note – for what it’s worth I say bring in Moyes… e got th sack at Man U only because he had results that would have been acceptable if he had followed in any other mgr’s shoes.

  • 129 The overrated Frenchman // Mar 7, 2016 at 2:55 AM

    Well, it just seems to me that having one upfront (unless it’s a superstar) more often than not is ineffective. I can recall even Shearer toiling fruitlessly in that formation at times.

  • 130 Santon03 // Mar 7, 2016 at 3:47 AM

    soooo many good ones available, why are we sticking with this horrible manager?
    Mourinho, Mazzari, Benitez, Lippi, Rudi, Di Matteo,etc.
    It will be a dream come true if we could get the real “silver fox” Marcello Lippi.

  • 131 Santon03 // Mar 7, 2016 at 4:11 AM

    I watched Milan getting destroyed by Sassuolo last night, all thanks to Balotelli.
    He was so lazy and keep losing the ball trying to play his own game, he was like a spoiled little kid everytime a defender rough him up a bit then he acts like the whole world against him and stop playing. The whole team became so deep in defending, I watched Honda and Bonnaventura both wingers mostly around their own penalty box defending, it was 10 vs 11 from the start.
    Milan strength is quick passing and crosses, rare individual play, both flanks did most of the damage. They don’t care what position they play, if dangerous run in the middle even the wingers will try to stop it even foul the player eventhough it’s not their job or posiition and we didn’t do this.
    We need to stop playing our “Ballotelies” and so far we only attack from right side, if the right flank is dead then game over. Even if we got caught and the players not in that position didn’t even bother to help or chase the dangerous opposition.

  • 132 John Akomfrah // Mar 7, 2016 at 5:29 AM

    google bob
    your are such a poor excuse for a man?
    or a woman……….
    always trying to outshine the true fans

  • 133 maikelw // Mar 7, 2016 at 5:55 AM

    Change the headline please!!! I really thought we had a new manager but unfortunately I got dissapointed after opening this article.

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