Two Short Term Managers Who Could Take Over At Newcastle

At the crisis meeting yesterday between Newcastle owner Mike Ashley and Managing Director Lee Charnley there were discussions on whether to fire current head coach Steve McClaren.

Multiple media reports last night suggest that will happen today – and Steve McClaren´s eight month tenure at Newcastle, which has been a complete and utter disaster, will finally be brought to an end.

Charnley is reported to have agreed with Ashley yesterday that change is now necessary at the club,  but only after he had protected Steve McClaren all season long.

Needless to say, McClaren has turned out to be a shocking appointment by Charnley as our head coach.

nigel pearson

Nigel Pearson – could take over through the end of the season

What´s not decided yet is whether to hire a full time manager now or make a short-term appointment of a head coach through the end of the season who could – possibly – save Newcastle from relegation – although that now looks a tall order.

The two leading candidates for that position are Nigel Pearson and Harry Redknapp.

Nigel was successful at Leicester City last season when he got 22 points over the last nine games to sensationally save them from relegation and he brought in the players who now have Leicester  at the very top of the Premier League.

He joined Newcastle as assistant manager to Glenn Roeder in October, 2006 after Kevin Bond was dismissed by Freddy Shepherd, following allegations he was prepared to take bungs for players whilst at Portsmouth

Nigel lasted at Newcastle though Roeder´s dismissal in May of 2007, Sam Allardyce´s subsequent hiring and firing over a short eight months – and he finally left in February of 2008 after Kevin Keegan was appointed manager.

Harry Redknapp, QPR v Fulham

Harry Redknapp – while at QPR

69 year-old Harry Redknapp could also get the job done, although he failed miserably in his last job at QPR in a similar situation, but many have failed at QPR, including current Stoke manager Mark Hughes.

Harry can be  a disciplinarian and could shake up some of the under-performing Newcastle players because of his vast experience in the Premier League – and he could get the crowd behind the team too.

Both managers could light a fire under some of Newcastle´s mentally weak players, who seem to give up when the going gets tough – and that motivation from the top will be a vital ingredient if we are to avoid the drop this season.

Players need to be shaken out of their negative attitudes – with too many weak-willed players in the dressing room.

So if there is a short-term appointment it could be Nigel or Harry.

We would prefer a long term appointment of a good experienced manager, because even if we take the drop in the summer we will then have a good manager in place, who could probably get us straight back up – as Chris Hughton did so magnificently in 2010.

Whoever replaces Steve McClaren will have to have good motivation skills and good man-management skills if we are to have any chance of surviving in the Premier League this season.

Unfortunately that looks doubtful at best at the moment.

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • ilovetoon8788

    Mar 7, 2016 at 6:00 AM

    Comment #1

    Say no to British Managers. No more. And hope Carr and Charnley follow mclaren out of the door.

  • lochinvar

    Mar 7, 2016 at 6:21 AM

    Comment #2

    This is already turning into another circus.
    The Guardian report on new managers is the same as Ed’s blog list yesterday – well copied by that Lazy journo.

    Redknapp – stop having a laff.
    Pearson – at least he has the passion, energy and physical presence to stand up to the players.
    Moyes – the easy choice for Chanley because he’s available – does he have the ability to inspire the players ?

    Charnley – is he the elephant in the room. Wrong decisions, poor planning, no future planning, extended contracts , no presence, no football understanding and a complete inability to even remotely get close to being aware of what NUFC means to the fans, the City and beyond. The problem is that private dining clubs ( Chanley, Carr, Moncur ) are just like politicians – only capable of self-interest.

    Is Ashley capable or determined enough to sort out the mess we shall see. Danger is that it becomes another “knee jerk” reaction which is not good when both knees are already dodgy.

  • G

    Mar 7, 2016 at 6:29 AM

    Comment #3

    Dont want either of them if Im honest, but both are upgrade on current gaffer.

  • G

    Mar 7, 2016 at 6:38 AM

    Comment #4

    A friend of mine has a theory that Colo is going to be the new boss, I really cant see that happening at all. He cant motivate them on the pitch, so surely even Charnley would never consider that… would he?

  • firebug666

    Mar 7, 2016 at 6:45 AM

    Comment #5


    That has been rumoured in the past but I can’t see it happening, however with the incompetence that runs through this club I wouldn’t write anything off.

    Apart from press rumours there is no evidence that anything will change at Newcastle, it could just be a case of same old; same old until the end of the season.

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 7, 2016 at 6:53 AM

    Comment #6

    An early announcement that SMC has been put on gardening leave would just release all the tension around the club, giving time and room for clear decision making. Even if Cathro took charge for one game until an experienced guy with some clout stepped in.

  • Mackems are from MORDOR!

    Mar 7, 2016 at 7:34 AM

    Comment #7

    Please for the love of god keep that shite talking, face melted, southern floppy chops out of Newcastle. Couldnt stand even one delboy style interview out the rolled window of a range rover. Just no

  • Laurent Robert The Legend

    Mar 7, 2016 at 7:42 AM

    Comment #8

    Harry would be a good manager till the end of season..Because he gets his players to work hard and play some flowing football..Team under Mc’laren never worked hard apart from 1 or 2 games.. That what we need..a bit of steel..It would be a good match Harry for now..Exactly what we need.


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