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Report That Newcastle Have Made An Approach To Benitez

12:59 pm, Tuesday, March 8th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 105 Comments

The Chronicle is reporting today that sources close to Rafa Benitez have confirmed that some kind of enquiry as to whether he would be willing to come in and mange Newcastle has been made by the Tyneside club.

The report suggests the Board are now willing to fire McClaren (well that didn’t take long did it?),  but want a replacement lined up before they do that.

But there’s no real reason to do that – and McClaren should be fired to give the players and the fans a sign that some decisive action is being taken by the club in an attempt to save our Premier League status.

No such sign has come out of Newcastle since our humiliation against Bournemouth on Saturday.

Rafa Benitez -turista-a-Napoli

Rafa Benitez – obviously he wants to join Newcastle


We are in real danger of being relegated – in fact it will now be a surprise  if we remain a Premier League club come May.

As far as the polls go on who Newcastle fans want to replace Steve McClaren – the two big favorites in every poll we have seen are Rafa Benitez and David Moyes.

And it’s Rafa Benitez who is at the top of our poll and in other polls we have seen too.

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McClaren took training this morning and what a bizarre situation the Newcastle Board have allowed to develop since Saturday night – when Steve should have been fired.

Freddy Shepherd fired Ruud Gullit in August of 1999 after we lost that home game to Sunderland 2-1 and he did it an hour after the game finished  – and that’s what we mean by decisive action.

Swansea Chairman Huw Jenkins fired his manager in december long before he brought in a replacement for Garry Monk – and they are now 9 points above Newcastle in the league.

Poor Garry had such a better record than Steve McClaren at Newcastle that it’s almost embarrassing the way he was ruthlessly fired by Jenkins.

Newcastle don’t have much time of course, but they need to fire McClaren – the sooner the better – there’s no way fans will allow him to remain in place.

And we’d be very surprised if Rafa would agree to come to Newcastle, but David Moyes may be willing to come in and help save us.

But in either case they would need to control the transfers at Newcastle.

They wouldn’t come in with Graham Carr in charge of transfers, which is the ridiculous situation at the club right now.

Here’s something that may cheer you up …..

Just imagine this afternoon that Newcastle announce that Steve McClaren has indeed been fired and that Rafa Benitez will be coming in to take over and he says he is confident he can save Newcastle from relegation.

Wouldn’t that be something.

However, it’s equivalent to believing in the tooth fairy when you were a youngster.

Damn it!


Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Newcastle News · Prayer · Premier League

105 responses so far ↓

  • 1 sweendog // Mar 8, 2016 at 1:05 PM

    Hope so, excellent choice

  • 2 Graeme // Mar 8, 2016 at 1:05 PM

    Brilliant – if its true!!

  • 3 Rotonda heights // Mar 8, 2016 at 1:06 PM

    old ed’s click bait in overdrive, like charnley would even know who he was

  • 4 NezzaNUFC // Mar 8, 2016 at 1:07 PM

    logically speaking to pick the next head coach in this crucial stage with only 10 games to go there’s only 3 head coaches to pick from


    BUT Rogers may want to be a manager and not a head coach with the incident with Liverpool.

    AND Moyes doesn’t have a style to play with!

    But Pearson though could do the job but his attitude towards players and the higher power could see him gone in the short time.

    BENITEZ is a manager not a head coach and all these allegations are false.

  • 5 sweendog // Mar 8, 2016 at 1:07 PM

    With Benitez we are staying up, he needs to be here ASAP as the Leicester game is THE game to work out what he has and what he needs to do before the derby.

  • 6 magscar // Mar 8, 2016 at 1:09 PM

    BandB@61 last thread


    I was on your side on that point.

  • 7 sweendog // Mar 8, 2016 at 1:09 PM

    NezzaNUFC .. true but he is the best man for the job, tactically aware, good manager.

  • 8 NezzaNUFC // Mar 8, 2016 at 1:10 PM


    Benitez couldn’t handle the pressure at Newcastle, he’s not that type of manager who would takeover a relegation threaten club nor have others bring in players without his saying.

    This headline is farce!

  • 9 James RS // Mar 8, 2016 at 1:11 PM

    Not sure about Rafa Benitez I remember the Liverpool fans wanting him out. Hes good with the cups though. I think David Moyes would be a better long term choice… did better than Martinez at Everton on less funds and equally as well as Van Gaal at Man Utd on virtually no funds there either.

  • 10 wolfshead@toon // Mar 8, 2016 at 1:12 PM

    i have to agree with rotonda even if it were true rafa would give more thought to what he is going to have for lunch than coming here

  • 11 magscar // Mar 8, 2016 at 1:13 PM

    Mind I don’t think Ashley will go but nothing short of real measurable change will do.

    We are way beyond Cosmetic change and PR polish

  • 12 Tsunki // Mar 8, 2016 at 1:13 PM

    Great to have you on board at last Rafa! Can we have some Albondigas, Patatas Bravas, Pimientos Padron, dos Estrellas, Por Favor ha ha and ooh yes a coke float for little Bobby.

  • 13 NezzaNUFC // Mar 8, 2016 at 1:13 PM

    Benitez would be better if Newcastle got him start of next season but again it will never happen and he would never come here.

    Benitez is a smart man and not only does he look into players but also staff and board members and that’s us shit out of luck!

  • 14 BlacknWhiteBarmy // Mar 8, 2016 at 1:14 PM

    Perhaps Penfold needs to borrow Jokeinhere’s phone book – remember he stated that he could pick up the phone and call anyone in the world of football !!!
    Mourinho would be a good start

  • 15 sweendog // Mar 8, 2016 at 1:14 PM

    NezzaNUFC .. can’t handle the pressure, he has had a few high profile jobs, including Real, agreed a risk but he had his teams playing as teams
    We have the players, barring injuries at LB and CB, just need someone who knows how to manage 90mins+ on a sat.

  • 16 Tsunki // Mar 8, 2016 at 1:16 PM

    I though Benitez handled pressure at Liverpool and Chelsea ok didn’t he? He would have nothing to lose here. Except his dignity of course 😉

  • 17 yorkshire_magpie // Mar 8, 2016 at 1:17 PM

    NO CHANCE Benitez would come to Newcastle. As everyone is saying on here… he’s a Manager not a Head Coach

  • 18 LGFUAD21 // Mar 8, 2016 at 1:18 PM

    I hope they have made a decision and this wait is about securing a replacement.

    I can only think of two that would come in with 10 games to save a team:

    Redknapp and Pearson

    Regardless of what league we are in, things need changing in the summer. Starting with Charnley and Carr gone.

  • 19 LGFUAD21 // Mar 8, 2016 at 1:21 PM

    I cant imagine Benitez coming.

    But he would be decent.

    He carried himself with dignity at Chelsea and Real Madrid. Where he was chased out by the unrealistic fans and media. His pragmatism was what Real needed but they’d rather stroke the egos of prima donna stars.

    He did a brilliant job at Napoli and Liverpool.

  • 20 sula // Mar 8, 2016 at 1:21 PM

    Can anybody believe its been three days and this clown is still in charge. With the tv rights for next season wouldnt any owner spend whatever money to secure safety do these fools really want us to get relegated. How does ashley employ such incompetent people to run a club.

    The club we love is sinking i would have sacked this fool on the pitch on saturday infront of 52000. After last season i honestly thought they would have learnt and it looked like ashley changed his ways spent money for a change but to go with this guy and not bring in an experienced manager showed once again we are way behind. As we sit in anxiety for this circus to play its final act i truly hope its one to remember.

  • 21 BandB // Mar 8, 2016 at 1:21 PM

    I’m happy for Bishop to raise my hopes with this latest dangle.
    I trust it completely, and reserve the right to be proper hacked off if it turns out to be yet another sop.

  • 22 NezzaNUFC // Mar 8, 2016 at 1:24 PM

    I would have Rogers at first choice then Moyes second choice.

    Rogers had Swansea playing fantastic football something we all enjoyed when he was at Swansea (be honest now)good at organizing defenders, passing play with attacking options, and don’t forget Swansea were on tight budget at the time he was in charge and one of the reasons why he left for Liverpool.

    Moyes on the other hand offers more at the back compare to Rogers but nothing up top, he may offer stability at Newcastle keeping us mid table every season (bit like what Pardew tried to do) but offers no style at all and easily be classed as a Dinosaur manager, unlike Rogers Moyes has been in this situation before with Everton when he first took over but that was 11 years ago so football then was different compare to now,did anyone watch him over Spain for Real S? he had them playing poor with no style at all, many people call his style a ‘scrap goat’style.

    I would suggest more about Pearson but I can’t compare him to these two as there’s little to build him on.

  • 23 Jib // Mar 8, 2016 at 1:25 PM

    Rafa is in the UK
    Globall is a software company based in Liverpool

  • 24 sickandtired // Mar 8, 2016 at 1:25 PM

    None of them. I’d tell Jose 100+ million is his to rebuild with if he keeps us up and he’ll be free to actually manage the club.
    Sadly, fatty dislikes qualified and successful people, particularly foreigners.
    Schteeve won’t be sacked. he’ll move ‘upstairs’ to join the other clowns full time and we’ll get another dinosaur english ‘coach’ in his place. Obviously, being sacked from a lower league club is a pre-requisite as is having to be overseen and managed by a Boardroom of failures.

  • 25 Average_Contents // Mar 8, 2016 at 1:28 PM

    I also understand there is a long list of people who have shown an interest in the position should it become vacant, but Newcastle United are only considering 2/3 candidates seriously. I also understand there is ONE standout candidate.

    One standout candidate.

    Wasn’t shteve the one standout candidate when the idiots appointed him.

    So basically we’re ferked then.

  • 26 NezzaNUFC // Mar 8, 2016 at 1:29 PM


    I should of said Newcastle’s pressure lol

  • 27 Moonraker15 // Mar 8, 2016 at 1:30 PM

    I would love Benitez but it smacks of “we tried to get him, but couldn’t get him over the line” I’m afraid. Once again too little action too late! Fcukin wnkers.

  • 28 BandB // Mar 8, 2016 at 1:32 PM


    It would be unreasonable to expect them screw it up overnight.

    It took six months and two refusals before they were able to fight off the competition to sign McClaren.

    Measured and prudent, remember.

  • 29 NezzaNUFC // Mar 8, 2016 at 1:33 PM

    All these names coming out of the woodwork but where’s MONK lolol

    Don’t worry guys FDB and Laudrup will be tomorrows headlines.

  • 30 NezzaNUFC // Mar 8, 2016 at 1:36 PM

    I bet Lee’s only concern is this

    ‘if we sack McClown, then we need to let his staff go as well, and we could lose 2-3 million in compensation’

    But the thick twat doesn’t realize there’s over 100+million at stake keeping these daft twats on!?

  • 31 BandB // Mar 8, 2016 at 1:38 PM

    BREAKING NEWS>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    Charnley has stepped on and crushed a snail.
    Apparently it had been following him since Saturday.

  • 32 Ron Knee // Mar 8, 2016 at 1:39 PM


    It all sounds horribly familiar to last year!

  • 33 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Mar 8, 2016 at 1:41 PM

    previous thread

    A boycott or a mass walkout DERBY DAY surely would give Ashley the message that ‘The three stooges’ and McClown must go.
    And that he ha got to change direction

    Lets hope this Benitez rumours are true – but you cannot believe out at the TOON

  • 34 NezzaNUFC // Mar 8, 2016 at 1:42 PM

    Is this going to be another Pardew fiasco?

    After every defeat a manager is lined up to take over Newcastle but guess what Pardew is still here 4 years later!


  • 35 nightfa11 // Mar 8, 2016 at 1:44 PM

    Wouldnt mind benitez at all.. I didnt like his operation when he was at Liverpool when he brought 30 spaniards with him.. But hes the Best of managers linked to us..

    No to moyes..hes An ok manager, but not really a person Who can take us above mediocracy..

  • 36 Bobbybee // Mar 8, 2016 at 1:47 PM

    The last person we need is a bully boy like Pearson. It simply won’t work. The dressing room is in enough disarray without him going in and telling the players how hard he is and what’ll happen if they mess with him! We’ve got a decent team in there somewhere and we need a manager who can convince them they’re good enough to stay up. Benny would be ideal, but I can’t see him needing employment that much. Moyes is damaged goods after Manure and his stint in Spain and he hardly inspires free flowing football. Rodgers may be our best option, but everybody will have their own opinion. The delay is simply down to incompetence and the boards failure to acknowledge we were in a relegation fight when the rest of the world knew it, resulting in having no plan b. I imagine Cathro will be in charge for the Liecester game, to take the pressure off whoever comes in, with the new manager taking over for the derby. Would be nice to do to the mackems what they’ve done to us the last few seasons. I still believe a new manager can keep us up and a win against the mackems paints a whole new picture on the bottom three, but sticking with McClaren can’t work as his position is the epitome of untenable. He’s lost the players and the fans, it’s time to go. Even he must see this? Don’t boycott the derby. We’ll have a new manager and a fresh (ish) start and he needs to know we’re behind him, not against him. None of this will be his fault and he shouldn’t be blamed for it, whoever he is. None of us really wants to be in the Championship next season surely? We made our point last week and it appears to have worked. Don’t give the mackems the satisfaction of seeing us turning on each other. Whoever is in charge will need our support if we are going to beat the drop – even if it turns out to be Pearson!

  • 37 Graeme // Mar 8, 2016 at 1:47 PM

    BandB @ 31 – and the snail was only out for a gentle stroll!!!

  • 38 BandB // Mar 8, 2016 at 1:48 PM

    The manager is, despite his many and obvious faults, the only person with top level football management experience left at the club.

    He’s the one being sacked.

    Meanwhile the fans continue to blast away at the chaff Bishop throws up to protect his boss from the blame for his own decisions.

    Ash chose the right club when when he picked us.

  • 39 Ron Knee // Mar 8, 2016 at 1:48 PM


    Thank you for a new word – mediocracy. That’s exactly what we have at SJP.

  • 40 sparky55 // Mar 8, 2016 at 1:49 PM

    nezza and moonraker

    You both exactly right…if he does go I can’t see anyone but Cathro taking over

  • 41 The Diamond dogs hoojars // Mar 8, 2016 at 1:53 PM

    Benitez would be a massive shout even with this shower of a club, hes a winner through and through, pure top drawer, he would no doubt have demands, well give him what he needs, Mc`nasty will take us down.

  • 42 magscar // Mar 8, 2016 at 1:54 PM


    Have looked back to see what was grinding your gears ( have had company this morning so have had to flit in and out). My comment @58 was to follow on to yours @46. Perhaps read with that in mind you may see where I was coming from.

    I was hoping that hell would rain down from the stands not what might be interpreted as a defeatist walk out.

    Yours @ 42 hadn’t then been read (just now in fact) and I was simply picking up at bottom post ( or top if you are on mobile).

    I think I get enough grief without a giving you a free one 🙂

    Oh and to further clarify on the polarisation point I was driving at where we all variously stand on Ashley not on ground protests.

    Hope we are sweet now? These are not the times for any old handbags between us or any others. If I have somehow come across as feeling different then it wasn’t my intention. I have even reopened posting direct to Mister Tuff in a sincere manner for that very good reason.

    Hyperbole apart we are at a watershed in which we, FF etc have a perhaps minor role but it needs to be played out like never before. Now ranks alongside John Hall’s attempts to wrest the control of club from the drag their heels in terms of our immediate and longer term future.

  • 43 Barton // Mar 8, 2016 at 1:57 PM

    I have another new word to describe us….Sh1te!

  • 44 sparky55 // Mar 8, 2016 at 1:57 PM

    The most important game of our season is less than two weeks away against the scum…we have to get that punch in early and beat the twats to put them on back foot.

    In my book that means getting in someone right now…we can write off Leicester to some degree but the new manager needs every day between now and scum game to knock them into shape and get the belief required to beat them.

    Every hour they delay this decision means we have less of a chance of beating the scum and getting a very a very important moral victory under our belts.

    SO ACT NOW YOU BUNCH OF W@NKERS…we haven’t got all fcuking day!

  • 45 toontaff2 // Mar 8, 2016 at 1:59 PM

    Lee Charnley was shocked by the poor service at the recent board meeting. Without Schteve there, no one remembered the bourbons!
    Carr and Moncur remembered this bloke known as The Fat Spanish Waiter, saying Sampdoria did not have the size of coaches’ seats in their dugout to accommodate his extra large ‘arris, but his paella was second to none and would help them survive their next 5 day board meeting to replace the biscuit walla.

  • 46 BandB // Mar 8, 2016 at 1:59 PM


    I’m a bit suspicious about all these people who have been calling others “know nowts” for questioning the brave new world suddenly jumping ship together.

    I suspect you have done so in order to steer any talk of protest safely away from the main culprit.

  • 47 Rotonda heights // Mar 8, 2016 at 2:05 PM

    James RS

    Martinez is only in his 3rd season at Everton, one of which they finished 5th and got europe moyes was there 11 years.

    Martinez’s only real outlay has been Lukaku who is probably worth twice what they bought him for now and as for Manu they let him blow nearly 30M on fellaini alone.

  • 48 stuart no9 // Mar 8, 2016 at 2:06 PM

    i just cant see it happening , As much as wouild like to , i just cant see it, if it does happen , ill be the first one at the ground giving my support , but im afraid the board have knocked all the positive vibes i used to have for this club into touch . lets wait and see

  • 49 lesh // Mar 8, 2016 at 2:10 PM

    What’s the point of hanging onto McClaren ’til a replacement’s lined up? None, we can lose (or even win) gamee under the supervision of Cathrow.

    And, could it be the case that not sacking him until a replacement’s in place is down to Charnley not having the balls to sack McClaren, putting it off in the hope that he’ll turn things around?

    And, as Charnley’s a supporter of McClaren, how much effort is going to put into recruiting a replacement? Very little!

    Charnley’s responsible for this mess and he should be replaced as a matter of urgency as he’s clearly pursuing his own agenda.

  • 50 Dragon64 // Mar 8, 2016 at 2:10 PM

    unreal but not surprised all managers linked to us but we need to get rid of the twat thats still there and at the same time jabber get rid of carr and penfold

  • 51 The next Mike Williamson // Mar 8, 2016 at 2:10 PM

    I really hope we don’t repeat our mistake of hiring British dinosaurs. Moyes might have an OK record but he was managing in a different time. He’s no longer competing against Dowies, Keanes, or Mowbrays. Since he’s left Everton the number of foreign bosses has jumped from an average of 4 or 5 (who generally finished above him) up to 13 this season. It’s not just the big teams now have got good bosses, which is why the big teams are now struggling to beat the little teams. Also the style and tactics have changed massively in just 3 years. In the days of high-pressing and tiki-taka will a rigid 451 still work? And even if it does do we have the defence or grafters to impliment it?

  • 52 Lilongwe Geordie // Mar 8, 2016 at 2:11 PM

    Martinez has spent more than £20million every summer in charge. More than £30million in 2 of them. Moyes only spent more than £20million once during his time there. To say Martinez has only spent on Lukaku is way off.

  • 53 Rotonda heights // Mar 8, 2016 at 2:13 PM

    sick and tired

    ”Sadly, fatty dislikes qualified and successful people, particularly foreigners.”

    sadly that pretty much sums the charmless oaf up.

  • 54 Rotonda heights // Mar 8, 2016 at 2:14 PM


    i said that has been his main ”hollywood” buy

  • 55 BandB // Mar 8, 2016 at 2:15 PM

    If Charnley goes (which he won’t) we’ll get Llambias.
    Ashley must be laughing his head off.

  • 56 stuart no9 // Mar 8, 2016 at 2:15 PM

    ex mackem Micky Gray thinks maclaren should keep his job , heres why,

  • 57 Ron Knee // Mar 8, 2016 at 2:17 PM

    A little light relief:

  • 58 The next Mike Williamson // Mar 8, 2016 at 2:19 PM

    In Moyes 12 years at Everton, only twice was there more than 5 foreign managers, and in 5 of those seasons he failed to finish above any of them. Now suddenly we have 13 foreign bosses with more coming in next season.

    In my eyes Moyes was simply the best of the Brits, but now most of the managers he was competing against are struggling to get championship jobs.

  • 59 Rotonda heights // Mar 8, 2016 at 2:20 PM


    spot on again. football has moved on. SA, AP and SM, joint 16th, 17th and 19th respectively tellls a story while the top 11, bar stoke, all have foreign managers..

    This playing for a point, defensive, long ball mentality has largely gone with 3 points for a win, except amongst these failing mediocre dinosaurs.

  • 60 lochinvar // Mar 8, 2016 at 2:20 PM

    Benitez carries some stature even gravitas in the game so would be a significant appointment at the level players, fans , press and a wider football public would applaud.

    Just hope his name isn’t being bandied about to panic others ( e.g. Moyes) into taking a zero hours contact.

    Importantly our non-UK players would see him as an Internationally experienced Manager in the same way as SBR was.

    Hope he comes.

  • 61 sweendog // Mar 8, 2016 at 2:20 PM

    stuart no9 .. speaks volumes.

  • 62 The next Mike Williamson // Mar 8, 2016 at 2:23 PM

    Also on Moyes. Tactics are totally different to they were a few years ago. I doubt Moyes will be able to change his 451 difficult to beat approach, seeing as he ridiculously attempted to use it at Manchester United and in Spain. He’s got one style and formation and absolutely no plan B. If football has changed (and it has) then he is going to look out-dated.

  • 63 magscar // Mar 8, 2016 at 2:23 PM


    Rubbish! I really did hope for more insight from you. Stop lookng for monsters under the bed.

    I care deeply about this club ( but no more than others) and I couldn’t care less about old scores in the spot we are all in.

    Different views can be left aside in this crisis but if you can do no better than snipe away in your usual waspish fashion then so be it. I won’t shed any tears.

    I will make one point – I want Ashley to go and he himself has said the buck stops with him.
    I have repeatedly said that he will go when he wants. I don’t think the protests will achieve that (he is too thick skinned with a financial position of greater importance to him).

    What I do believe is that this is the big chance like never before to seek to force change which whilst will still have him here gives the club a professional football club footing not a retail marketing outlet run as cheap as can be.

    My views have always been of the less popular optimistic sort that we will get there eventually but we and he have run out of road. Total change overnight is impossible but a clear and marked change with a definite direction and plan isn’t. You can say second best and missing the real villain and I say it is what is possible, achievable and worthwhile.

  • 64 BandB // Mar 8, 2016 at 2:25 PM

    Right guys

    I’m off.

    I’ve plotted nearly every move of this unfolding fiasco for you for over three years. I’ve been almost entirely correct.

    And you are still wibbling on about a man who has been on the scene for just over 18 months being the real reason behind the club’s demise.

  • 65 The next Mike Williamson // Mar 8, 2016 at 2:33 PM

    The top 13 teams all have foreign bosses (except Hughes & Pulis) while all the bottom 7 all have or had British (Swansea and Villa are in their position because of Monk and Sherwood so don’t count)

    Next season a few Brits will have been relegated (Neil, Allardyce?), and a few sacked (Pardew, McClaren). At this rate it will only be Hughes, Howe and Pulis left.

  • 66 neverwin // Mar 8, 2016 at 2:35 PM

    Absolutely no chance.
    Bet McClaren does not get sacked -Charnley (could you not just punch his horrible mush} will not want lose face and have to admit he got it completely wrong – same applies to Carr.
    We should all know by now that to hope is a waste of time.

  • 67 magscar // Mar 8, 2016 at 2:35 PM

    BandB (Mystic Meg)

    Hopefully for good now you have proven yourself right.


  • 68 TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa // Mar 8, 2016 at 2:36 PM

    as much as i dont see it happening, its hard to argue that benitez is NOT the answer short and long term.

    Short term: hes coached the best in the world, light years above anyone we have on our team. he command instant respect

    Long term:even if he doesnt stay on (which is a long shot) 1. keeping us up is the best for the long term 2. who ever doesnt play for him, we know is waste we can dump. Even if he came in and doesnt keep us up, we will know who can stay and who must go

    Rafa: IN
    Schteve: OUT

  • 69 cyprus // Mar 8, 2016 at 2:46 PM

    Back to Mike eh.
    The buck stops with him, sure. Ultimately he must shoulder the responsibility. But he’s the hardest to move, anyway: which billionaire would take over this hot potato? No one. This guy has put in the money, hired all kinds of ‘experts’. Pays the 8th highest salaries.

    He must know all this. So: he must be more angry than you and me. Incompetence followed by incompetence. Ed, as you know, you can’t fire everyone, not at once.

    Start with the coach. Bring in an interim. Or, if he saves us, give him a one year contract. Coaches live and die on results. Forget 8 year contracts. SBR was on a game by game rolling contract. In the summer, retire Carr (the real culprit) and much of the tactical team (all guilty). Send the guru psychologist home (it didn’t work). All gradually. Of course, if we go down, fire the lot 🙂

  • 70 magscar // Mar 8, 2016 at 2:47 PM

    Chronic are that short of any real story that they are covering possibilities siuch as Moncur, Beardsley and Colocinni.

    Oh said it couldnt get any worse.

  • 71 Ron Knee // Mar 8, 2016 at 2:48 PM


    I posted that a little earlier under ‘light relief’! What a shower!

  • 72 Jib // Mar 8, 2016 at 2:49 PM

    Don’t hold your breath..
    I think it’s hasta lluego rather than adios

  • 73 EllaGuru // Mar 8, 2016 at 2:51 PM

    If we think that Rafa Benitez is going to want to manage NUFC then we really are deluded. There is no way he will come to us. I reckon at best we will get Pearson, or O’Driscoll, he has just been fired, right?

  • 74 toonluvva // Mar 8, 2016 at 2:52 PM

    So the agony and indecision rolls on and on.

    I know that replacing a head coach / manager has to be carefully arranged, but the time taken by what laughingly passes for our board of directors is simply beyond the pale.

    I am wondering if the board of “yes men” are scared to show any gumption by going to Mr Ashley and proposing the replacement of McClaren. Surely they could see that over the season we have been struggling in and around the bottom 3?

    What they needed, in my opinion, was to use the time when the club as at their warm weather training to draw up a list of potential replacements and to make tentative approaches to them.

    If McClaren had managed to turn the situation around and get the club away from the bootom 3, then nothing was lost.

    Now that we have witnessed the dismal performance against Bournemouth, the work done earlier would have proved worthwhile.

    I’ll leave it to each indidual poster to decide who should replace McClaren, and whether it should short term, i.e. to the end of the season, or for a longer one. But I think that the majority of the fans are agreed that McClaren should go, and the sooner the better!

  • 75 Bambams // Mar 8, 2016 at 2:54 PM

    Big Mike should alter his bold end of the season statement to;

    “From now on we will be making our own luck, fingers crossed ”

    Amateurish sums up our board

  • 76 magscar // Mar 8, 2016 at 2:56 PM

    Ron Knee

    Sorry wrapped up in trying to understand BandB


    I know but some regulars have stopped in recent weeks so you never know. She wishes I would as well .

  • 77 AncientC // Mar 8, 2016 at 2:58 PM

    “which billionaire would take over this hot potato? No one.”

    How do you know that?

    The club would need to be for sale first, which it isn’t.

    The recent finances (even with advertising revenue being funneled away) show that the club can make a profit – this all before the TV money is about to go up again. Player values are also predicted to rise, adding even more value to a club that buys & sells smartly in the Premier League.

    I see no reason why NUFC wouldn’t be an attractive prospect.

    The problem is current owner, the stagnant debt he has attached to the club, and his lack of interest in selling a lifetime supply of free advertising for true business interest.

  • 78 cyprus // Mar 8, 2016 at 3:06 PM

    We’ve been down that road. No one stepped in. And, you don’t need a ‘for sale’ sign to buy a club, I would imagine. An interested party would let him know.
    I mean, the last time I heard of someone, it was the son of a wrestling clown.

  • 79 lochinvar // Mar 8, 2016 at 3:08 PM

    As a distraction:
    An “earthquake” made by football fans celebrating a goal has been recorded for the first time in the UK.
    A University of Leicester team installed a seismometer near Leicester City’s King Power stadium and reported a minor quake with a magnitude of 0.3.
    The tremor was attributed to a “sudden energy release” made by Foxes fans when Leonardo Ulloa scored a last-minute winner against Norwich, in February.
    The event has been labelled the “Vardy Quake” after top scorer Jamie Vardy.

    Beat the Mackems 5-0 and you’ll feel the earth move for you !

  • 80 cyprus // Mar 8, 2016 at 3:10 PM

    The negative publicity he has received from this club can’t be something he wants. He can hire a bigger PL club stadium for signage for as little as 10 mil. a year… The price of a Thauvin 😉

    An interested party would have made it let known, I think.

  • 81 magscar // Mar 8, 2016 at 3:11 PM


    If right offer, invited or not were made ie which meets Ashley’s full requirements then he would sell – after all he has only a business attachment to club.

    He bought club (with Halls assistance) when it wasn’t up for sale nor sought by Shepherd.

    So given what he would want and the soap opera that surrounds us there can’t be many billionaires out there seeing a bargain – mores the pity.

  • 82 AncientC // Mar 8, 2016 at 3:15 PM

    Cyprus, didn’t Ashley fail to meet interested buyers in the past, besides, the finances in the Premier League are different now.

    Ashley said the club was not for sale.

  • 83 TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa // Mar 8, 2016 at 3:15 PM

    Bigger question is, how many goals with Saylor score for leicester this weekend? ladbrokes has the line at 1.5. I like the over.

  • 84 AncientC // Mar 8, 2016 at 3:19 PM

    Magscar, it does not have to be an individual, groups can raise money.

    Yes, if Ashley got an offer that was ridiculous, he may consider selling, bit he is not going to sell for a realistic price considering the gains he receives from a lifetime of free advertising, which is likely to run into the hundreds of millions given enough time.

  • 85 posada // Mar 8, 2016 at 3:24 PM

    This train crash has been at least three years in the making. It was always going to happen.
    The gang of three recruited a manager that fitted in with their needs. You are supposed to go out and get the best.

    Glad this is going on as it may lead to change. But it hasn’t so far in 8 years.

  • 86 Goldmbemba // Mar 8, 2016 at 3:26 PM

    Was anyone else hoping for at least some statement from the club by now?

  • 87 cyprus // Mar 8, 2016 at 3:28 PM

    He has said that.

    Anyway, I think we need to focus on what happens on the field right now. Too much expensive incompetence, all round.

  • 88 WWSBRD // Mar 8, 2016 at 3:30 PM

    The best thing about Old Everton Boss Roberto is his ability to convince people he is brilliant despite being really pretty crap

    His Everton aren’t near the level of Moyes Everton

  • 89 midweek weekend // Mar 8, 2016 at 3:32 PM


    no news is good news and all that, looking more like we might get some progress tomorrow

  • 90 toon kk // Mar 8, 2016 at 3:35 PM

    There’s going to be alot of disappointed fans when the club eventually come out with there statement “they’ve decided to stick with Macca”.

  • 91 magscar // Mar 8, 2016 at 3:36 PM


    And there in lies the rub – what Ashley thinks is enough seems to be outside what viable suitors would consider.

    How on earth can we shift him if he doesn’t want to go?

    Likes of Shearer,Ant and Dec Brian Johnston and others I forget would be an obvious yet unlikely consortium but there has never been any sign of the will to take on a project that may touch their hearts but not their fortunes. No blame from me.

  • 92 cyprus // Mar 8, 2016 at 3:38 PM

    ‘I think Steve McClaren is hurtling towards the sack at the moment. If he does not get a result from the next two or three games against Norwich City, Sunderland and Stoke City – all of which should, in theory, be winnable – then I think Mike Ashley will press that big red button and sack him.’

    Qinn in October..

  • 93 ShirebrookToon // Mar 8, 2016 at 3:39 PM

    Sunderland chief exec has resigned. What does that say about the Johnson debacle then

  • 94 ilovetoon8788 // Mar 8, 2016 at 3:39 PM

    Benitez? No wonder other fans call us deluded. Get real. No top drawer manager is going to come to a club fighting relegation almost every year for the past 5 years.

  • 95 Mister Tuff // Mar 8, 2016 at 3:39 PM

    With all the speculation about Wally Blusterman getting the sack – from just about everyone and their dog – how can he perform the duties of head coach to any degree of satisfaction. The players will not know if he’s gone tomorrow or still here next week/month. Utter confusion abounds.
    Decisive action should have been taken well before now -failing that gardening leave.

    Unfortunately we can not be gaurenteed that Mr Tubbs will employ another second rater and the whole cycle will start again.

    Was watching a footballer on the telly a couple of weeks ago -cannot remember who – but the gist was there were quite a few unemployed managers about and due to the shortage of vacancies most would jump at the chance of getting a job.

  • 96 TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa // Mar 8, 2016 at 3:41 PM

    ilovetoon8788 // Mar 8, 2016 at 3:39 PM
    i don think anyone here thinks benitez would be around for next year. It is realistic to think he would come here for a ton of money with nothing to lose for just 2 months though

  • 97 MadisonToon // Mar 8, 2016 at 3:42 PM

    I said that I didn’t think McClaren would get sacked as that’s not the way that Ashley’s done business in the past (e.g. Carver’s torrid run-in) but I am extremely hopeful that this is enough to get Ashley to change. I would honestly take any of Benitiz, Moyes or Rodgers. Redknapp until the summer would be OK, but I wouldn’t want him on permanently.

    I’d love to hear word from the club about this soon, but they will only tell us something when the decision is made and cannot be undone – they will announce when the new manager is coming in or they won’t announce anything at all. I can’t see them announcing that they will stick with McClaren (if that’s the choice) as they never announce anything so a weak statement of support would be out of character and (as we all probably agree) quite pointless.

  • 98 toon kk // Mar 8, 2016 at 3:45 PM

    It may sound negative but who ever manages us we’ll still be relegated, our major weaknesses weren’t addressed in the transfer windows.
    You can’t make race horses out of a bunch of donkeys.

  • 99 posada // Mar 8, 2016 at 3:46 PM

    Charnley is still supporting Mc. That’s because he should go with him.
    Carr and Charnley are footballing fools. They know it. They have only one agenda. To keep this pantomime going as long as possible by whatever means.
    They can’t believe they were given this opportunity in the first place.
    Another week, another cheque in the bank. Then pay me off when it’s over.

  • 100 Tsunki // Mar 8, 2016 at 3:56 PM

    You’d think Mikey would be highly motivated to do almost anything to avoid doing another video presentation. If he keeps hold of McClown then it’s odds on he’ll be getting his make up done any day now.

  • 101 toon kk // Mar 8, 2016 at 3:57 PM

    I wonder what goes on in our training? We seem like a bunch of kids having fun in the school field. Our lack of ideas and motivation is unbelievable, and has been for a long time.

  • 102 Tsunki // Mar 8, 2016 at 3:58 PM

    “You are Conman McClown of the Clan McClown and you cannot be sacked….”

  • 103 Average_Contents // Mar 8, 2016 at 4:14 PM

    Something to lighten the mood.

  • 104 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Mar 8, 2016 at 4:25 PM

    I don’t think they have approached anyone – someone is dropping hints/rumours from the club to deflect the flak away from the ‘The Three Stooges’ .

    Give the mackems their dues when they come under pressure they sack the managers and staff resign if there is any misdemeanours not like our shower

  • 105 EllaGuru // Mar 8, 2016 at 4:28 PM

    Ed, please add none of the above to your most recent poll.

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