What’s This Former Manager Got Against Newcastle?

Lou Macari is the former great Manchester United player (404 appearances – 94 goals) and Scottish International (25 caps) who was also the manager of Stoke City a couple of times from 1991-1993 and then from 1993 through 1997.

That may help explain some of his weird comments  on the Ryan Shawcross potential transfer this summer to Newcastle.

The news today is that Ryan has turned down a new contract offer from Stoke and there is news that Stoke are starting to look for a replacement for their 29 year-old captain, who could well become a Newcastle player this summer.

Former Manchester United great Lou Macari

This is what the 67 year-old has told the Stoke Sentinel about Shawcross’ potential move to Newcastle:

“You can never be sure in this day and age, but I’d be amazed if Ryan Shawcross lined up at the start of next season in the black-and-white stripes of Newcastle and not the red-and-white stripes of Stoke City.”

“Gone are the days when a good Stoke player could be lured away by the promise of a much higher wage elsewhere.”

“No disrespect to Newcastle, but I can’t see the attraction of them right now if I’m Ryan Shawcross. 

“Newly-promoted to the Premier League means they are in for a difficult time next season, while Newcastle is an awful long way north if you and your family are settled in this area.”

“And I understand that Ryan and his young family are well settled in these parts that they know so well.” “He’s on a sensational wage already at Stoke and I’m sure remains hugely valued by the club and the fans.”

“Ryan has made a big name for himself over many years with Stoke City and that has to count for something.”

“It may or may not be a coincidence that this story linking Ryan with Newcastle appeared with him having just over a year left on his current contract at Stoke and with new contract talks probably in the pipeline.

“I’m sure that if Peter Coates read that article he won’t have pressed the panic button and ordered immediate talks to get a contract signed and sealed as soon as possible.”

“He knows stories like that appear at certain times and he will be relaxed about the club going at the right speed to do well by their captain.”

He may be on a sensational wage at Stoke, but Newcastle can still offer him more and it’s not only financial gains he can get at Newcastle.

He gets the chance to play in front of 52,000 home crowds at St. James Park and we will set a modern day record this season in the Championship by having an average home attendance of over 51,000.

And Ryan can also play for a world-class and world-renowned manager in Rafa Benitez, who has already won three European Championships with three different clubs – Valencia, Liverpool and Chelsea.

How many trophies has Mark Hughes won as a manager?

And Rafa has explicitly stated he wants to return the sleeping giant called Newcastle United back to greatness.

There would be little attraction for Ryan to join Newcastle – pull the other one,  it’s got bells on.

I know what bias is (because I’m completely biased for Newcastle of course) and that’s complete bias coming from Lou Macari.

We’ll leave it there – obviously Lou is worried in case Ryan leaves Stoke for Newcastle this summer.

Comments welcome.

23 comments so far

  • sparky55

    Apr 19, 2017 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #1

    Sorry Ed…but we do have something against Maclaren personally and quite a lot actually…he is a fcuking buffoon and it was 100% his fault we got relegated last year and it was 100% the boards fault for not getting rid of him quicker just like it’s the scums managements fault for not getting rid of Moyes quicker…and by the way…Moyes is 10 times better than Maclaren…first class clueless w@nker

  • ShirebrookToon

    Apr 19, 2017 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #2



    You never know. Brighton are away to Norwich. They’ve also got Villa in the last game. Agent Bruce will be on hand if we need him lol

  • ShirebrookToon

    Apr 19, 2017 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #3

    I’m sure there will be better options available to us this summer.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 19, 2017 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #4

    Wow, that’s a lot of negative votes for Armstrong.

    For the record I’m on the yes vote side.

  • U.S Magpie

    Apr 19, 2017 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #5

    I’m going to jump in on this Armstrong thing, not saying the lads the new Alan Shearer but until he has a full season in the Premiership with us we cannot say he is good or bad enough for the prem. But just imagine with his pace, him and Gayle are standing in front of you and your a defender, you are not looking forward to that speed. I say give the kid a chance or do we lose him to another club and it bites us in the ass because we didn’t give him the opportunity.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 19, 2017 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #6

    No disrespect but if you think that the club were blameless for last seasons relegation then I’m afraid you’ve been entirely clueless regarding the way we’ve been run, regardless of his ex England status the club sat and waited patiently for him to be sacked, that was a requirement for him to take the job, if Derby had of been promoted he wouldn’t have come anywhere near us. What right minded group of men let John Carver run their multi million pound business while waiting for a guy who has turned you down twice to be sacked and left with no other option, it was lunacy, they didn’t sit and wait to see if he’d win the |Championship and decide he was therefore good enough, they waited for the only man in the country with a worse record than John Carver to be sacked, how can you possibly say the club were blameless ffs!!!

  • sobadithurts

    Apr 19, 2017 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #7

    Why do people think that Adam Armstrong will ever succeed here,hopefully in prem,when he has been bang average at Barnsley and barely gets a full game and even worse think that Sameobi is worth a place in our run-in when he has been playing in league 1 for Bolton barstard Wanderers? Neither are remotely good enough for the prem and never will be.

  • AncientC

    Apr 19, 2017 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #8

    “Why do people think that Adam Armstrong will ever succeed”

    The same reason people have high hopes for Woodman. England international pedigree.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Apr 19, 2017 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #9

    I forgot about Carver. I wonder how many clubs could survive 6 + years of Kinnear, Carver, Pardew & McClaren. What a joke.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 19, 2017 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #10

    It was Pardews fault, then Carvers and finally Mclarens??? it a constant behind the three of them, the shambolic way we were run encouraging players like Wijnaldum, Jaanmat and Sissoko to come her for a quick buck while only hiring second rate yes men desperate enough to accept the lunacy eventually cost us our PL status, we were lucky it was not three years sooner, anyone blaming the managers 100% while ignoring the input from a ”Board” who stated they didn’t do cups has or we have a team of purples, I’m afraid had their heads up there arse.

  • LewSpi v2.0

    Apr 19, 2017 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #11

    Honestly wouldn’t know what the best next move is for Armstrong. A move to Gary Rowetts Derby or another top end championship side? Fulham? They haven’t minded fielding younger players this year. Ligue 1? Celtic/Rangers? La liga?

    Top end championship at a club he’s gonna start at or Celtic/rangers for me. Get him back in a team he’s gonna score goals regularly in.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 19, 2017 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #12

    I’d like to see him at Fulham if they don’t come up, Huddersfield as well, Derby wouldn’t be a bad shout either, or Norwich might be ok, basically any of the clubs looking for promotion except Sheff Wed.

  • Tsunki

    Apr 19, 2017 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #13

    Thing is Lou me old beetroot sandwich, we would have to be interested in Shawcross in the first place for any of those things to even be discussed. Just FYI.

    I enjoyed the exchange between bobbybee and the implacable Mr T. It doesn’t take much for the hypocrisy to detonate like a ground-zero nuclear charge ha ha. Calling somebody on a blog a load with no substantial proof while not noticing that they could actually be charged with the same evidence makes for highly refreshing entertainment of the highest calibre. There are a couple of hotheads on here that blow up like an overheated pressure cooker at the merest challenge that they are condescending, imperious, self-aggrandising pedestal squatters 😀

    Keep it coming I say the laughs make a bright ray of sunshine on the day. They need to be more humble, like me.

  • LewSpi v2.0

    Apr 19, 2017 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #14

    After I posted that I actually read an article saying Derby will be after striking reinforcements in the summer so might be one to keep in mind

  • lesh

    Apr 19, 2017 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #15

    Jail for Ashley

    On McLaren, his recruitment and length of tenure at the Club, we shouldn’t lose sight of who seems to hold so much sway with Ashley.

    Friend Carr, Ashley’s trusted expert on football matters, will almost certainly drove the pursuit of McLaren and until he arrived, the retention of Carver.

    I, among others I’m sure, had a lot of time for Carr but as time has gone on, his credibility has been subject to question. Yes, he brought in some talent for whom we paid relatively little and sold on at quite a profit but some, nay most of his recent signings have proved to be expensive flops.

    What does Carr have to do to be let go? God only knows.

  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 19, 2017 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #16

    Dosent matter which players stays or players we sign in the summer, if we play the same boring style of football then we are going to struggle next season.

  • AncientC

    Apr 19, 2017 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #17

    lesh, the majority of Carr’s recent expensive signings have been flops. Are you sure?

    £10 to £15 million isn’t expensive in recent markets either. Signings costing £10 million or more in the previous 2 years:

    Dwight Gayle, Matt Ritchie, Mitrovic, Wijnaldum, Shelvey, Townsend, and Thauvin.

    Thauvin didn’t work out, but never got to play for Benitez. Things may have been different with Benitez handling him. Mitrovic is still young, it is arguable if he has been a good signing or not – the club could make its money back on him I am sure. The rest have all been good signings. I would call that a fairly good success ratio on players over £10 million (not a lot by today’s standards).

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Apr 19, 2017 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #18

    I enjoyed that Bobby B Mr T exchange and the Lewspi “in the blue corner…” bit

    All the way from Tyneside, Ingerrrrrrland, out of the armchair camp, weighing in just for the laughs… let’s get ready to ruuuuumble “

  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 19, 2017 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #19

    Demiri(?) Grey maybe looking to get out of Leicester for greater match time. IMO he has greater potential than Townsend and opposite Andre Caderra would be great.

  • JamesToon

    Apr 20, 2017 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #20


    We played good football first half the season, 2nd half we didn’t. Whatever we did it clearly got results, not expecting fireworks next season but with backing I’d be happy with anywhere above 14th

  • lesh

    Apr 20, 2017 at 1:03 AM

    Comment #21


    The flops I had in mind didn’t include Gayle and Ritchie – they were Rafa’s.

    Mitro hasn’t exactly set the world on fire under Rafa and he, like other Carr signings were recruited and imposed on then Head Coaches.


    Apr 20, 2017 at 7:19 AM

    Comment #22

    I give u a list of 5-7 players with similar attributes but differing likelihood of success and u pick the cheapest (more often than not meaning worst) on that list, would that be my fault or urs?

  • cyprus

    Apr 20, 2017 at 7:26 AM

    Comment #23

    In truth
    Lou’s points are all legitimate and make sense.

    In order to get top players in next but year, which we’ll need in order to compete, 52k fans won’t do it. Promise of success from a newly promoted team won’t do it either, as the odds are low.

    The Rafa allure will help.

    But the only real way to bring a player up North is dinero. Mucho.


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