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Houllier, Hitzfeld and van Gaal In Frame for Newcastle Manager

Newcastle fans were warned yesterday there will be no rush to appoint a successor to Sam Allardyce as manager, but we think Chris Mort and Mike Ashley are right now working feverishly to bring in a good manger as soon as they can.


Chairman Chris Mort – casting the net across Europe

A source close to People Sport said today:

“Chairman Chris Mort and Mike Ashley have a good relationship with Alan Shearer,” “We are well aware of the qualities he could bring but they feel that an experienced manager with a proven track record is required.”

“The most important thing is getting the right man. There is no time-frame on the appointment. It is vital Newcastle United get it right this time and it will take as long as it takes.”

People Sport is also reporting that Ashley and Mort will cast their net across Europe to find the man to turn around the Tyneside crisis-hit club. They say Gerard Houllier, Ottmar Hitzfeld and Louis van Gaal are all now in the running to replace former manager Allardyce.

Newcastle have already admitted they have spoken to other managers about taking over at St James’ Park, with chairman Mort confirming yesterday:

“In the process of appointing a new manager we have identified and spoken to a number of potential candidates.”“We will take as long as required to bring in the right person.”

There are therefore not surprisingly conflicting stories on whether they may appoint Alan Shearer at this time. But we would be pleased if indeed they are casting their net across Europe. There are some good and available managers there – and let’s be honest, available British managers right now are just not as good as some of the foreign people available.

And they have also proved they can be very successful managing in the Premier League. When Chris says they have already spoken to other managers don’t be at all surprised if one of them is Jose Mourinho, since they need no permission form anybody to talk to the Portuguese native who was mentored by Bobby Robson – and therefore has become an excellent manager. 😀

Ever thought of Jose with Bobby in the background, helping out, if his health permits?

Sorry, dreaming again.

Comments welcome – and please ensure you have registered your vote on the right for Newcastle manager – thanks.

56 comments so far

  • tommyy

    Jan 13, 2008 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #1

    Could be candidates, unlikely any of them will come. Must remain hopefull though!!

  • Graeme

    Jan 13, 2008 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #2

    Ed, if you take Houllier out of the headline and add one Mr Mourhino, we have a very creditable list of candidates for the position.

    All the Board have to do is convince them to take the job; convince them that they could become Legends on Tyneside, revered like nowhere else in football. No small task, but I hope they give it everything they have to pull off such an appointment.

    Any of those would be brilliant appointments.

  • Obafan

    Jan 13, 2008 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #3

    Again rumours; IT IS DRIVING ME MAD. We desperatly need a new manager before the Stoke game!!! I can follow Pearson who wants it solved ASAP. If I was him I also would not want to be in his shoes, knowing nothing ffs!!!!

    I don’t want a repetition from last year’s replay against Birmingham on Wednesday!!!

  • tommyy

    Jan 13, 2008 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #4

    I see on the poll Mourinho has dropped slightly, he was 51% earlier.

  • iain

    Jan 13, 2008 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #5

    sounness just said on sky he would take the job again amd laid into shepard big time blaiming him for the problems.

    he said he wanted to sign boa morte and anelka which would of cost no more than 20m he ended up with luque and owen for 27m and he was told luque would cost 2m !!! so why did we pay 10m ???

  • tommyy

    Jan 13, 2008 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #6

    Souness lol… whata joke man.

  • Bill f

    Jan 13, 2008 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #7

    It’s really strange, but this dream I’m having seems so real that even theres comments by Ed in it about dreaming.

    The worst bit about this dream is that we do’nt have a decent manager and that ManU thrashed us 6-0.

    Thank god it’s only a dream and when I wake up reality will be completely different.

    Lets see if I can switch it back to beautiful naked young hot women.

  • james williams

    Jan 13, 2008 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #8

    Surely if newcastle want success they need to throw as much of mike ashleys money at getting mourinho and give him 100m to spend mikes got the money and once you ve done the intial spend the club will be where they want it.

  • carl

    Jan 13, 2008 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #9

    i believe that these managers would come to the toon, forget rescent resultes and dramas, mike ashleys already said what his intentions are and i believe he could sell the club, his ambitions and targets to the new manager.whos to say that the likes of hitzfeld ,mourinho wouldnt want to take on a club whos chairman says:
    “I want a team that will go all out to try to give Chelsea a walloping, that will try to stuff Tottenham and that will be brave and bold enough to attack Manchester United.
    this says it all that hes going to back the new manager.

  • tommyy

    Jan 13, 2008 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #10

    If he wants a team like that, its gonna cost him. A top class manager and a heavy transfer kitty.

  • Edd Case

    Jan 13, 2008 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #11


    A very interesting notion to ponder.

    I like the bloke – some will say it’s a step too big, but perhaps, given the chance, he could do wonders?
    Just a thought………….

  • valle

    Jan 13, 2008 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #12

    Well u can say what u want about Souness. but he sure as hell respected the fans big time… He wasnt treated that well and he still got tears to his eyes when all those fans turned of for the semi against Manure

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 13, 2008 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #13

    Rooting for van Gaal.

    Not fond of Houllier.

    Hitzfeld is going to manage Switzerland at the end of the season.

    van Gaal was my favourite from the offset.

  • MightyMilburn

    Jan 13, 2008 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #14

    I believe that the two most suited (and likely) candidates are Gerard Houllier and Van Gaal.

    van Gaal – used to be one of the most succesfull coaches in modern football. He screwed up slightly with the Dutch national side, but so did Rijkard and he aint doing too bad with Barca is he (well.. in previous seasons)? His teams have always played attacking football which is what we are looking for.. 4-3-3 (ajax – formation – which means we would need to get rid off app. half the current first team players to accomodate this system..)

    Right now he is kinda stuck at Alkmaar (no offence) and I am convinced he would love to get to club where he would be backed with some serious financial muscle.

    Houllier – has proven that he can win things. He might not play the most exciting football, but he will not doubt deliver results.. so I guess that we will have to weigh up whether or not we can “live with” result football (perhabs not “as bad as” BSA-style)

    Of those two I hope that van Gaal gets the chance as I believe he provides the best overall package (no pun intended..)

    In dream land I would love for Hitzfeld to take charge, but I doubt that he will relocate to Newcastle to coach our side.. but boy if he did I am convinced he would take NUFC to the top of the table in a couple of seasons (not games – but seeeeasons)

    Last but not least the “special one”.. No doubt he would also provide results, but I dont think he will come here..

    Hughes, Redknapp – wont even comment on them as they shouldnt even be mentioned in the same breath as NUFC..

    In the end though it is all about the club – even if we dont win the premiership I will always be cheering for the toon..


  • iain

    Jan 13, 2008 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #15

    out of those 3 van gaal seems to be the best bet.

    let him tap into his knowledge of the dutch league. his teams certainly play attackin football.

    dembele/steinson/donk he could bring from AZ

  • Bill f

    Jan 13, 2008 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #16

    There are plenty of good managers who would take the job. The Toon are a blank canvas to the right artist. We have the fan base and the finance and given the worst case scenario, ie relegation, the right man could put us where we really should be a consistent top flight team.

    I’m confident it will happen and soon. Or is it still me dreaning.

  • rich

    Jan 13, 2008 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #17

    i think we need to aim high, Ottmar Hitzfeld or Jose Mourinho.

    IF ashley wants the a flamboyant football he needs to realise he needs to push the boat.

    dark days ahead for Newcastle if we employ a second rate man like Redknapp or Hughes.

  • nightfall

    Jan 13, 2008 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #18

    of those 3 i’d prefer hitzfeld!

    van gaal? no way..manager how can’t do shit even with top players he had with dutch national side and at barca…no thank you! plus he’s arrogant and would probably buy 10 dutch players!!

    houllier? good for 1 season, to get us on track, but the thing with him is he doesn’t progerss in a long run… his teams play great at the beginning, but later on they’re getting worse and worse!! so no thank you!!

    hitzfeld…sure..i think he’s one of the best and if he could bring ribery with him it would be..wow 🙂 ribery’s the best…as good as chiristina ronaldo, but he’s a figter…works all over the pitch, but mourinho is still no.1!!!

    forget about scolari and hiddink..they have EC this summer…

  • Toonloony

    Jan 13, 2008 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #19

    I have said a million times it has to be Hitzfeld!! The man has won 16 honours with various clubs, can control big ego’s and is fluent in English, spanish and obviously German. Mr Ashley, go and get him now!!! (please). If not them Jose would be fun, he has a great F**K you attitude!

  • scott9

    Jan 13, 2008 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #20

    i say not houlier i will cry if he gets the job but van gaal or Ottmar Hitzfeld would be great.

  • Jamie G

    Jan 13, 2008 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #21

    louis van gaal would be perfect. quickly though so we can sign some quality.

  • Mehzeb

    Jan 13, 2008 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #22

    I wrote a player by player constructive review of the match against Man U last night, if anyone’s interested:


  • scottish mag

    Jan 13, 2008 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #23

    why is no one talking about lippi

    he would do wonders and be able to attract some top class players to newcastle

  • Jon

    Jan 13, 2008 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #24

    Houllier did such a bad job at Liverpool. I don’t want him at Newcastle. I don’t trust van Gaal either.
    Let’s get Mourinho, Lippi, Hiddink or Hitzfelt 🙂

  • Halliday

    Jan 13, 2008 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #25

    I wouldn’t mind a foreign manager at Newcastle at all.

  • b3v

    Jan 13, 2008 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #26

    we should all go on the official website on ‘your shout’ and tell them what we think lol, they really should have a forum on the official site then they would get an idea of that the fans want, not the media.

  • scottish mag

    Jan 13, 2008 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #27

    i reckon we need to spend 100m to be a quality side capable of “give chelsea a walloping,stuff tottenham and attack man u”

    my suggestion playin a 4-3-2-1


    rb miguel from valencia 6m
    cb barzagli from palermo 10m
    cb marquez from barca 9m
    lb enrique/zog

    rm quresma from porto 15m
    cm deco from barca 10m
    lm nzogbia/matias fernandez from villareal for 8m
    am vaart from hsv 10m
    am diego from bremen 14m

    st villa from valencia 20m

    in total 104million/112million with matias

    but yes i am dreaming

  • nightfall

    Jan 13, 2008 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #28

    scottish mag – no way!!!!

  • Frankieboy

    Jan 13, 2008 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #29

    Mourinho wold be everybodys dream but it aint going to happen.
    Hitzfeld is a possibility but think he will be heading elsewhere.
    Houllier has Premiershpi experience and done well at Lyon, for me he is the most likely, I think he would jump at the chance.
    Did anyone see Souness slating Shepherd on Sky Sports before Makem match, not the way a club should be run.

  • Ashamed_to_be_Toon

    Jan 13, 2008 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #30

    Good man Scottish Mag.

    Best laugh I’ve had all weekend.

    Scumderland won today beating Porstmouth 2-0. Toon are now 6 points off relegation with Manure and Chelski at home, and Arse and Pool away still to come out of 16 games. That leaves 12 games to gain 14 points, even we should be able to do that.

    I think Pearson is a bit of disgrace bleating about getting the situation sorted quickly. Grow some balls and do your job with the players man, you overpaid excuse merchant. Shameful behaviour. Hope you get sacked you no hoper and complete coward.

  • nightfall

    Jan 13, 2008 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #31

    i think we should deffenitly play 4-2-3-1 (2 DMC, and 3 AMC) like mourinho did and french team at WC…it’s the safest..you got the defence covered and the team’s strong up front…at least until our club become stable. for that we’d need AT LEAST:

    1 more CB: lucio (hitzfeld), carvalho(mourinho),…
    2 DMC: essien ( 🙂 ), vieira, diaby, l.diarra, appiah,…
    at least 1 AMC: ribery would be perfect (hitzfeld), deco or lampard (mourinho)…
    1 ST: drogba (mourinho),…

    but it all depends on who’s our next manager…if it’s mourinho we could get any of those players (except for essien..i think), or if it’s hitzfeld..same thing…

    so we’d need about 60 mio (+ money we get from selling smith, barton, owen, carr, shola, emre (i think he’ll be sold))

  • chuck

    Jan 13, 2008 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #32

    Yeah, read Ashleys comment about his vision of a future United team, competing with the present top four playing an entertainin attacking style of football. There`s thousands of fans out there who`s dream would be exactly that, so at least we know we are all on the same page.
    Question is how do we get there? Obviously our first need is a manager with vision (an Arsene Wenger ) That settled which way do we go ,buy a team or develope one from young first class talent or a combination of both?
    Face it the present talent level is not great.
    Nzogbia,Martins, Duff,Taylor,Given,and perhaps Milner are keepers, the rest not up to top four standards, as for sick note Owen and his big bucks salary sorry Mick you got to go.
    Soh! these are the choices, spend BIG and achieve instant success a`la Chelski, or a gradual building over a number of years by adding a combination of star player plus stocking the club with young potential stars.
    The blue print is there, Arsenal, with money in the bank, new sate of the art stadium,a young talented team who have yet to reach their potential. As apposed to Man U. who have spent like drunken sailors to feed Fergusons ego and who`s massive earnings forty two mill. have been used to service the clubs debts, I doubt the Glasers are happy having bought the club for financial gain period .
    What to do! What to do!

  • deano

    Jan 13, 2008 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #33

    frey 6 m top keeper
    diego 15m class
    quresmer 10m like ronaldo
    fred 8m skillful
    van der vaart 10m class

    brazagli 10 m top cb
    miguel 8m

    we also needa top striker 20+ goals
    villa 20m like torres
    adriano 10m like drogba

  • scottish mag

    Jan 13, 2008 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #34

    gd team but what about deco, marquez from barca aswell. them players are from the list of players i have previously listed on a comment just without these two and matias fernandez

    also adriano is on loan at sao paolo

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 13, 2008 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #35

    Newcastle XI (If i was manager):

    Chikhaoui Chikhaoui Chikhaoui Chikhaoui
    Chikhaoui Chikhaoui Chikhaoui Chikhaoui
    Chikhaoui Chikhaoui

  • oba martins

    Jan 13, 2008 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #36

    Shearer/King Kev or Van Gaal or Jose. They are the only realistic 3 dat can take toon 2 da next step. 4get Houlier. As evry1 4gtn wot he did at liverpool Bored evry1 2 death.

  • Obafan

    Jan 13, 2008 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #37

    Some of you are already making up which players we need. I’m hoping that the new manager arrives shortly that is the priority!!! After he is appointed we can start to look on who the club have to bring in to make us a force…

  • Ben

    Jan 13, 2008 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #38

    Its so tiresome this manaer situation…it feels like it has been going on for ages…even though its only been a couple of days….we are in a bad situation…..look at bayern…they have their manager in place already to replace hitzfield when he leaves in the summer!we cant even get the guy we want even after we have sacked our manager!so annooyed…all of this talk of Hughes…i hope spo much that is not true…another manager at an average club doing average things….tactically inept……..keegan shearer would be a dream…in a dream world…it would either be amazing or extremely bad!….van gaul….not sure who he is managering (az alkmarr?) or houllier….not too sure again after reading peoples comments on his boring performances……so that realistcally leaves us with absoultely no one…lippi…would be good but too big a gamble…urgh PLEASE MR ASHLEY GIVE US SOME INSIGHT INTO A POSSIBLE 3 CANDIDATES!!wen need information!

  • scott9

    Jan 13, 2008 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #39

    wea aint gonna sign anyone this month now as whoever comes in will have to have a look at the sqaud to see what theyve got and that will take 2 games at leasrt and who nows when we will even apoint someone i dont look like it will be anytime soon.

  • Northumberland Magpie

    Jan 13, 2008 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #40

    Why is no-one mentioning Raneri (ex chelsea)


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