If Rafa Benitez doesn’t want to stay at Newcastle or Mike Ashley doesn’t want to pay his approximately £4.5M/year wages in the Championship, then the most important thing in the summer – as well as finding new competent Board members to run the club – will be to appoint a good manager.
No John Carvers or Steve McClarens – please!
There may be a few managers who see it as an opportunity to become the new Newcastle manager given we can have a decent team for next season in the Championship – although that is not guaranteed at all.
Garry Monk – while Swansea manager
He suits black and white!
Garry Monk has been out of work since Swansea surprisingly fired him in early December, but Garry took the sacking with class – and kept an admirable diplomatic silence – and he’s seems a real good guy.
And it’s a pointer and example to Lee Charnley that Swansea fired Garry without having another manager lined up and they took some weeks to find a suitable new manager.
They finally signed Francesco Guidolin on 18th January, who has managed around 14 clubs – mainly in Italy.
Francesco has got Swansea up to 40 points, so they are safe this season and 15 points ahead of Newcastle, yet at the end of January they were on 22 points – one point ahead of Newcastle on 22 points after 23 games played.
In the last 9 games played since then Newcastle have picked up only 4 points – which is why we will in all likelihood be relegated this season.
And in the 11 games Francesco has managed, he started off with two wins and two draws in his first four games and has accumulated five wins and three draws – 18 points in those first 11 games
Garry has been interviewed by talkSport before tomorrow’s Newcastle – Swansea encounter, which we basically need to win to have any chance of surviving this season.
But it’s going to be very tough with yet another patched up defense with both Janmaat and Coloccini missing.
This is what Garry told talkSPORT:
“Well looking at if from a Swansea perspective now they’re safe they have the chance to go up there, relax and maybe play their football.” “But then there is also a case of where they might relax too much.”
“The atmosphere is going to be electric, the fans you can see up there are really going to try their all.” “That stadium, for me, it’s my favorite stadium in the Premier League.”
“I think it’s a fantastic stadium with the fans and everything like that, but whether Newcastle will take that as a pressure or not I don’t know.”
“I think it’s been said for quite a number of years now – Newcastle have got the potential, they have everything there in terms of the size of the club to be at that top level,”
“I don’t know enough internally about what goes on, about who’s appointed at what position, who makes the actual decision on certain things.”
“Rafa Benitez has the experience of that – if he’s allowed to make those changes like you said, I know they’re trying to keep him for those reasons, and obviously he’d be someone who would be able to sort that out.”
“It’s an incredible story when you think about it, from Real Madrid manager to maybe in four or five months’ time maybe managing in the Championship.” “It depends where he’s at in his life, what he wants to do, what project he wants to take on.”
“It depends what project he fancies and he understood that when he took the job.” “Only Rafa and Newcastle will know that.” “No, it’s not quite working at the moment (for Shelvey) but Jonjo’s got fantastic ability and I think they’ve brought him in there for those reasons you just said.”
“But they’re in a difficult situation, they’re going to need every single player pulling his weight and putting maximum effort in.” While there’s always a chance you have to give it your best.”
Garry has been heavily linked with the manager job at Aston Villa, another big club who haven’t been too successful recently, and he will be in demand in the summer – that’s for sure.
Monk wouldn’t be a bad choice for Newcastle, although he seems to think that Rafa Benitez may want to stay at Newcastle for what he thinks could be a good project for the former Real Madrid manager.
You get the idea from Garry’s comments that he would jump at the chance to become the manager at Newcastle, if he was offered the hob.
So in addition to Rafa Benitez it seems that Garry Monk still has faith in Newcastle.
We put out an article on 17 month-old Poppy-Mai on Friday and she has recently been diagnosed with a progressive malignant rhabdoid tumour, a rare and aggressive form of paediatric cancer.
To show their support two of our readers in New Zealand Sean Gordon and his sister Hayley have cut off their hair which will be donated to the Little Princess Trust in the UK.
They will then transform the hair into beautiful wigs for children who have lost their own hair to cancer and all funds raised will go to Poppy-Mai’s family to create Poppy’s Field.