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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

  • Leo*

    Jan 13, 2008 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #41

    would be pleased with anyone of them, jose would be a dream tbh but unlikely.

    i think it will be houllier

  • Leo*

    Jan 13, 2008 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #42

    ranieri would also be good

  • scottish mag

    Jan 13, 2008 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #43

    hasnt ranieri just taken over at juventus in the summer

  • Michael

    Jan 13, 2008 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #44

    Please, Huddink, Scolari, Mourinho, Hitzfeild, another guy who was tactically adroit was former valencia manager, Hector Cuper these are perhaps the only men, who can breed confidence, and aretactically adroit to turn around this side. This is the transfer window and it cannot be helped to think we are getting no new players in. We are looking for a manager. The new boss will have to come in asses his players and identify the areas in which we need strengthening.

    We are in trouble. I saw Sunderland win today, Man we are worse off then they are currently.

    Prepare for a relegation fight.

  • BigDave

    Jan 13, 2008 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #45

    Kevin Keegan!

  • Bob

    Jan 13, 2008 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #46

    Van Gaal gotta be. His head is bigger than murinhos, but theres a reason for it. Alkmaar play good football, has experience and seemed to like newcastle, especially martins, when we destroyed alkmaar 4-2.

  • JK Muzzi

    Jan 13, 2008 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #47

    Hitzfeld would be absolutely great, but thats what I want to happen, but my head says we will end up with Hughes, I’d rather get someone else but that at least we will have a manager. I don’t understand why we would go for Hughes as he would want to be Man Utd manager if successful, so I would get a coach from abroad as there is no good British managers available, actually only one in the England being Sir Alex, but lets get someone who has won something to be proud of, not another league cup winning manager like Souness and definetly not a manager who has won nothing, we need a manager with a winning mentallity!

  • matt w

    Jan 14, 2008 at 2:14 AM

    Comment #48

    we cant forget, MA wants to watch quick, attacking football, jose didnt play that, he is a defensive style, similar to SA but looked better when a team worth 300mil played it compared to a team worth 40mill played it, theres quite a money difference whihc definatly have an influence. however i do believ jose would love the passion and hype that would be around him at a club with the energy and pressure at newcastle and revel in it, however i dont believ he wants the job, but again, who could blame him!!


    Jan 14, 2008 at 6:53 AM

    Comment #49

    Hitzfeld, Houllier, Mourinho, Scolari….all three would be great appointments, and as james williams said, give the new manager 100Million to spend and we are there!!!

  • Ozzie dave

    Jan 14, 2008 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #50

    For me my heart says

    Shearer & KK

    But my brain say it has to be Hitzfeld

  • Christer

    Jan 14, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #51

    10 Christer // Jan 14, 2008 at 11:20

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    First of all I believe this was for sure the wrong time to sack BSA. Now we have little time to make use of the transfer window. Secondly I believe that Newcastle have to let the coming manager work in peace for a set amount of time, let say 5 years, and give him the possibility to present to the board the way of playing that he wants and sees. Newcastle have sadly become a club that sacks every manager before their time. How many managers do we have left to pick from until everyone has been at the club once. Is that the way to go when everybody else is striving for continuity and security. I believe not. Newcastle has sadly also begun to be a joke in the premier leauge. To do a Newcastle is to sack a manager. Thirdly, I believe that Mark Hughes is a great manager for being a brittish one. But as a Magpie supporter I also believe that the need of seeing beyond the geordie view, and the english horizon is a must in todays football. The reasons for this is that there already are a battle within Premier Leauge, where the game has changed by foregin managers. There is no use then to now, if Newcastle is going the way I am praying, to appoint a brittish manager, who might not have the global view that is nessesary to find the goldcoins that reside in the lower leauges in other european contries. I would love to see a manager that has the support of ashley, mort and everybody in the club leadership as well as among the supporters. We need a name that sends respect into the other clubs, a factor to count with, that Newcastle has finally left the kicking field and set down for a manager for decades to come. I would prefer to see Jose Mourinho in the manager seat at the club in the end of the week, other preferable choices would be Hitzfield or Louis van Gaal. Lets unmderstand that the Manager post is the most important place in any club, and let every pound count in the way of sucess in the club that we all love so much.

  • Michael

    Jan 14, 2008 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #52

    True the managers post is the most important post. The manager brings the players and plays them to his strategy, so it is the manager.

    The attributes of a good manager, are:
    – Good tactics
    – Good man management
    – Ability to bring the right players for his plans.
    – Ability to have pulling power.

    We hear wes brown might have come to Newcastle, Sam Allerdyce did not have pulling power, that is why Wes said no, Even Diarra, said no.

    – A good manager wins games.

    Which Clearly Sam did not do often enough. Since Robson left, This is the worst we have looked. So much for Big Sam.

    He had money, but he brought Viduka, He sold dyer, a goal getting midfielder, Dyer was key to opening defenses for us. Do not say Dyer would be injured as he would not have played the game in which he got injured had he still resided with Newcastle.

    He brought Geremi, Cacapa, Barton. Man! Who wants to work with those players? Who is worse Barton or Dyer?

  • mark

    Jan 14, 2008 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #53

    Louis van Gaal please!!!

  • Alex Martin

    Jan 15, 2008 at 2:41 AM

    Comment #54

    We have to get Van Daal.

    Tactically he is agressive. He has a scientific approach but a simplistic approach. He knows football.

    Let him have a budget and let him re create the die hard team he has at AZ.

    When will NUFC play champions league?

    Not for a long time if we take Shearer.

    God love him, but he needs to get his Coaching medals first. Don’t destroy your past by screwing the future!

  • Pop

    Jan 15, 2008 at 4:15 AM

    Comment #55

    Bring Guss Hiddink in. He develop football in everywhere he go and win championship in every club he incharge

  • Ron Grace

    Jan 15, 2008 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #56

    We’ll end up with a manager who’s is working in the UK. None of the others will come as the job is a bit of a poisoned chalice at the moment. I’d give a young manager a go, someone like Martinez at Swansea or Johnson at Bristol, both play a nice attacking style of football


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