David Wagner On Short-List To Replace Benitez At Newcastle


The Times are reporting that David Wagner and Brendan Rodgers are said to be on Newcastle’s short-list to replace Rafa Benitez should he leave the club when his contract runs out at the end of June.

Wagner did wonders for Huddersfield in getting them promoted in the 2016-2017 season and they kept in the Premier League last season.

And if Rafa does leave he would be our choice as the man to come in.

It helps Newcastle’s cause that Huddersfield Town rather surprisingly fired him in January with the Terriers second bottom of the league table.

But whether he would want to work under Mike Ashley at Newcastle is a good question.

Former Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner

The Newcastle hierarchy are reported to have been impressed by the Huddersfield side that beat Newcastle 2-1 at the start of the Championship season, back in 2016.

He is a very good manager who was the right-hand man of Jurgen Klopp at Borussia Dortmund and he plays attacking football when he can.

We are not big fans of Brendan Rodgers who has been managing at Celtic north of the border since 2016.

Rodgers is 46 and Wagner is 47 so they are both quite young managers.

We expect Mike Ashley to try to keep Rafa Benitez at Newcastle but they will have to replace him if he does leave this summer.

It looks like Rodgers followed by Wagner are the top choices – at the moment.

And we don’t have much confidence in Ashley at all – and he could really screw things up even further by succeeding in keeping Rafa on board.

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18 comments so far

  • Aces-of-Eights

    Feb 9, 2019 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #1

    Id look at gasperini of atalanta or simone inzaghi of lazio. Guus hiddink if available. Paulo sousa.

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  • c-dog

    Feb 9, 2019 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #2

    As long as mike Ashley is owner it doesn’t matter who the manager is

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Feb 9, 2019 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #3

    Jesus just wept.

    2
  • magscar

    Feb 9, 2019 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #4

    Lesh

    thanks usually watch Celtic Connections when its on BBC4. Fan of Loudon as well so will look out for it. Really liked Graham Nash’s first solo album and the Nash Crosby one.

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  • toon22

    Feb 9, 2019 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #5

    The only club in the world that wants rid of a manager due to him showing some ambition and wanting what’s best for the club

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  • toon22

    Feb 9, 2019 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #6

    You think anyone is ever going to do any better with MA mugging them off ?

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  • Jib

    Feb 9, 2019 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #7

    The journo in the Times that has written about
    Wagner is Matt Hughes – the low hanging fruit
    whose last story about NUFC was the load of cock
    that Denis Wise was back at SJP !!!!!!

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  • Chancel My MBembaship

    Feb 9, 2019 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #8

    Any potential manager is obviously going to know about Ashley’s lies when it comes to funding a team and providing money in general. Wagner might bite because of the size of a club like ours, whereas Rodgers would probably be a bit more cautious about accepting Ashley’s controlling of the purse strings.

    Let’s hope we don’t find out either way and Rafa is here to stay for a few more years at least 🙂

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  • Chancel My MBembaship

    Feb 9, 2019 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #9

    JP – is he weeping because he dropped Pogba from his fantasy football team?

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  • Jib

    Feb 9, 2019 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #10
  • JP...from The Rock

    Feb 9, 2019 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #11

    Chancel- what!?? Lol I have Pogba on the bench in my Fantasy Football team when I meant to play him. Was gutted about that but as Aubameyang ain’t playing Pogba will take his place in the team, so happy days.

    The question here is… how the hell did you know that!? Haha what a coincidence.

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  • lesh

    Feb 9, 2019 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #12

    magscar

    Celtic Connections seems to be channelled via the BBCs internet delivery – it hasn’t been on BBC 4 this year. There’s only two episodes available so far and you’ll need to search the BBC iPlayer – not BBC 4 look-back. I get the impression there’s more to be had via the Beeb’s internet channels as the Grauniad reviewed one featuring Ally Baine, Gerry Douglass et al I can’t find that on my TV. I haven’t looked but there may be more on BBC Scotland TV.

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  • Bambams

    Feb 9, 2019 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #13

    I give you ….Neil Warnock !

    Ash likes Warnock and he doesn’t ‘make waves’…..

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  • Ron Knee

    Feb 9, 2019 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #14

    Alias Colin W*nker.

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  • lesh

    Feb 9, 2019 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #15

    So, Ashley likes Wagner coz they were impressed with the way Huddersfield played in the Championship in 2016? Ffs, unbelievable.

    There’s no way Rafa’ll stay unless there’s a major reduction in his expectations – Ashley won’t want to be seen as giving in to Rafa and Rafa won’t want to accept what Ashley’s offering – money to spend on transfers on Ashley’s terms.

    Sadly, the damage is done and there’s no going back but any manager that comes in under Ashley needs to have realistic expectations and expect to be lied to and undermined in Ashley’s quest for Prem survival.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Feb 9, 2019 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #16

    What would be considered good results for us today? With many teams below us playing eachother. Draws perhaps?

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  • hibbit

    Feb 9, 2019 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #17

    Aces-of-Eights
    how many managers off that list you put up would actually even turn up for the interview, never mind take the job, every manager on that list has ambition why would they even consider a club with none !!!!!!

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  • Sav

    Feb 9, 2019 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #18

    They can appoint who the hell they like. If Rafa leaves because Ashley has made a joke of backing him, I’m done with NUFC. Rafa is one of the few saving graces about the club. He has carried himself with dignity and worked hard on the training ground and in the community. His crime is wanting this club to be better and challenge. If he turns his back, so do I.

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