web analytics





Report – Former PSG Manager Wants The Unenviable Task Of Replacing Rafa


A report in the Daily Star has claimed that former France and PSG manager Laurent Blanc has told the Newcastle hierarchy that he wants to be the next manager of Newcastle United.

The report is dubious at best as there are no sources provided. It consists of just a flat claim that Blanc has let the “Toon Bosses” know he is keen on the job.

Blanc has not managed since he was shockingly fired as PSG manager over three years ago. He had a very impressive record at PSG boasting a win percentage of 73 per cent.

He won three consecutive Ligue 1 titles as well as back to back wins in the Coupe de France. However, it was his failure in the Champions League, which the club’s Qatari owners covet so much, that led to his dismissal.

Prior to that he coached France for just under two seasons after leaving as Bordeaux’s manager in 2010. His overall win percentage as a manager is an impressive 66 per cent.

He of course was also an outstanding defender who helped France win the 1998 World Cup and also finished his playing career in the Premier League with Manchester United.

Laurent Blanc– reportedly wants Newcastle job

The fifty-three year old has not managed in three years and may be looking for a job. However, we have to doubt that someone with Blanc’s pedigree would come to Newcastle under the current ownership.

He will have heard all about how the club has treated Rafa Benitez and will know that under Mike Ashley success is not high on the priority list.

We really like Laurent Blanc, even though we feel he unsettled Yohan Cabaye a bit when PSG were chasing him and ultimately secured his transfer.

He was a very professional player and, by all accounts -other than the Yohan Cabaye situation – is a dignified person and we would be surprised if he is really interested in working under Mike Ashley. Especially after this latest debacle where there can be no more hiding who he really is.


49 comments so far

  • Lindisfarne

    Jun 25, 2019 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #1

    LOL

    0
  • Captain AmeriMag

    Jun 25, 2019 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #2

    The club’s Rafa announcement just doesn’t add up. Something huge is happening this week.
    With or without Rafa we’re all moving on to a brighter future.
    It’s happening, keep the faith

    8
  • Lindisfarne

    Jun 25, 2019 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #3

    no ambition, squad dissenchantment and likely relegation – come to MikeAshleyFC

    0
  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jun 25, 2019 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #4

    It isn’t that far fetched. Rafa leaves the club in good shape and there is 60 million quid plus outgoings, presumably each year, to reshape the group, along with the fantastic ground and the remarkable support, plus you’re in situ if the sale to the cashed up sheik really does eventuate.

    1
  • Mag52

    Jun 25, 2019 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #5

    AO.

    1
  • Nostradamus " Mike Ashley The Clown "

    Jun 25, 2019 at 12:17 AM

    Comment #6

    I just got back from a golf vacation, by choice didn’t read or post anything for the week and the first thing I read when I open up if this shite.
    I hope to god if that fcuker is owner next season he gets what he deserves.

    0
  • Mag52

    Jun 25, 2019 at 12:18 AM

    Comment #7

    Captain Amerimag.

    I always considered myself to be a pretty optimistic sort of guy, but I really wish I had some of the stuff you are on.

    4
  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jun 25, 2019 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #8

    Players don’t care all that much. It’s a job, and they are essentially self interested. They’ll play for Blanc for sure. Regardless, he is the type of manager we need now. Must be top notch.

    2
  • ronaldo aarons

    Jun 25, 2019 at 12:20 AM

    Comment #9

    Carltoon
    Yes I remember taking down an amount from yourself, don’t recall how much but I’ll see tomorrow.

    1
  • RobLeenio

    Jun 25, 2019 at 12:21 AM

    Comment #10

    captainmarvel, I started my relationship with the club in the early 80s in the era you’re talking about. I was too young to care about the boardroom, disappointed when we sold the likes of Gazza and Waddle but naive enough to think the decisions were taken with the club’s interests at heart.

    This is different – it’s wanton, not just neglect but active undermining of the club. All played out in front of a disbelieving global audience. I just don’t understand how he thinks he can continue to get away with it with no consequences.

    11
  • ronaldo aarons

    Jun 25, 2019 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #11

    Droppy
    You might not feel like you have much to add but always good to see long term readers contributing.

    2
  • ronaldo aarons

    Jun 25, 2019 at 12:24 AM

    Comment #12

    Come to think it, I’m sure I’ve heard shearer say on motd that ‘the fans aren’t stupid’.

    2
  • Tony Baloney

    Jun 25, 2019 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #13

    Robleenio: we were a total afterthought to the national press until yesterday and today.

    #AllPogbaAlltheTime

    0
  • midweek weekend

    Jun 25, 2019 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #14

    today’s announcement makes me think 1 of 3 things will happen.

    1. the club will be sold but is going to take slightly longer than the 30th and current owners don’t have any interest in renewing rafa’s contract but maybe within two weeks we are finally sold and rafa is unbelievably rehired and everything will come together like a fairy tale ending.

    2. the club will sold and the owners like many other owns of other clubs have their own people lined up and we end up with mega rich owners + someone like mourinho which wouldn’t be terrible due to the fact having new owners will be incredible.

    3. or sadly the option i feel is most likely the club isn’t sold no manager of any good standard will come and we will be stuck with ashley and up with a avaram grant mark hughes fat sam or neil warnock character which if we do get a loser type of manager like the ones i just listed then i think this club is finished and it’ll be another season of trying to finish 17th all over again.

    i feel the situation at the club is going to really blow up in ashley’s face this time, we’ve all lost hope with rafa going but let’s be honest all our dreams rest on these new owners coming in and if that fails to happen and we are indeed stuck with Ashley and a loser for a manager i feel it will be full scale protests for the arsenal game and a long season and most likely our relegation.

    we’ve endured 12 seasons of ashleys nonsense, an owner who just wants 17th every year, we must be the only club who hates to qualify for Europe because dont remember that could affect the main priority of finishing 17th, this club has been going sideways for 12 years now sideways and backwards and here we are we’ve lost the probably the last great manager to ever manage us for many many years and now we hold our breath and pray this take over happens otherwise this could really be the end of this football club.

    9
  • droppy in Wallsend

    Jun 25, 2019 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #15

    Robleenio

    Posted reply to you on previous just as the bus moved on. Too bloody lazy to repost.

    But thank you.

    Ronaldo

    Cheers mate.

    Right I’m off to sleep, busy day walking tomorrow. My Fitbit will have Sh!t fit.

    1
  • Tony Baloney

    Jun 25, 2019 at 12:33 AM

    Comment #16

    Even Man City kept on Mark Hughes when Mansour bought them.

    1
  • Genjikai

    Jun 25, 2019 at 12:33 AM

    Comment #17

    We need to unleash the horse puncher, find ashleys location and send him in.

    23
  • Tony Baloney

    Jun 25, 2019 at 12:36 AM

    Comment #18

    So midweek weekend: we are the Butch Wilkins of the Premier League – going sideways and backwards. Everybody loves Butch because he was such a nice Guy, and rightly so. But he did spend the last 10 years of his career passing only sideways and backwards.

    0
  • Genjikai

    Jun 25, 2019 at 12:36 AM

    Comment #19

    Still livid since a woke up. Work with makems aswell just not in the mood the neet like. Cud punch everyone one of them. SMB

    2
  • Tony Baloney

    Jun 25, 2019 at 12:40 AM

    Comment #20

    Instead of Laurent Blanc can we have Laurent Robert? That would be interesting.

    1
  • Tony Baloney

    Jun 25, 2019 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #21

    I have to go out but have to ask Gejikai what the Mackems are saying to him. They are 2 divisions below us with a crap team, and make 10 million a year compared to our 180 million.

    They need to go to some self-awareness retreat before giving it large about NUFC.

    5
  • RobLeenio

    Jun 25, 2019 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #22

    Tony, Laurent Robert hasn’t got the time to manage a Premier League football club.

    He has to spend too long bleaching those tighty whities of his.

    0
  • Genjikai

    Jun 25, 2019 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #23

    Tony just being general makem wums mate.
    Joke telt by my wakem wum boss.
    Start of the month looking at neymar, end of month neymar raffa. Shit like that. Usual response your a sad mackem bastard.

    4
  • beefman13

    Jun 25, 2019 at 12:50 AM

    Comment #24

    Mike felt he was getting held to ransom by Rafa’s representatives, he won’t give in to the demands, they issued a take it or leave it, Mike has left it, announced Rafa is going by the 30th, ruthless without doubt, and if the takeover does happen they can bring their own man in nice and smoothly, Mike takes the rap for Rafa, but as we all know he’s got thicker skin than a rhino, water off a ducks back. Just a theory but that bugger won’t be held to ransom.

    1
  • Tony Baloney

    Jun 25, 2019 at 12:58 AM

    Comment #25
  • Genjikai

    Jun 25, 2019 at 1:03 AM

    Comment #26

    Tony if i wasnt at work the night i would of been there.
    Thats what i was saying earlier we on the blog need to sort action. Everyone needs to meet.
    We need to get rid of ashley now.
    The question is are people going to put their money where their mouth is and take action.
    Visual display infront of the whole world is needed.
    Turn up to the ground for arsenal just dont go in. Loiter around sjp area.

    2
  • NY Mag

    Jun 25, 2019 at 1:08 AM

    Comment #27

    Tony,

    I wouldn’t read too much into how many people turned up….these things start small and have a snowball effect. The more bad news we get the more people will join in.

    It’s not helped by supporters turning on each other (which has already happened on this blog today). There’ll be a spontaneous reaction at some point…..it only takes a spark and the fire will ignite.

    (I usually stay out of these discussions : as an excile, I don’t attend games nor can I take part in any protests – so, I feel it would be hypocritical of me to suggest a course of action I would not be part of)

    4
  • lesh

    Jun 25, 2019 at 1:09 AM

    Comment #28

    Laurent Blanc? Blanket Blank!

    0
  • Prestonmag66

    Jun 25, 2019 at 1:09 AM

    Comment #29

    It’s a start at least. Sad article that, it sounds like Rafa was sacked by the nakka 🙁

    2
  • lesh

    Jun 25, 2019 at 1:12 AM

    Comment #30

    It’s been a bit of a shit 12 hours.

    https://binged.it/2ZHV6Lh

    Team work friendship and respect…… Four stars in their own right.

    0
  • Nedders

    Jun 25, 2019 at 1:13 AM

    Comment #31

    I wish people would stop saying “we need to get rid of Ashley”. It’s like saying “I hate banks, let’s get rid” or “capitalism isn’t fair, let’s get rid of it”. People need to understand that the choice is limited; the fat rich bloke owns the club, end of. He can do what he wants. Look at Bates, Oyston, SISU, Short, Glazers. Nothing can stop them because nothing they do is illegal. They could not give two bugs pieholes for the opinions of fans – the turnout of 50 at SJP “protesting” is the point, for all the online ranting and venting it’s not life or death, it’s not paying the mortgage, it’s not feeding the kids. Perspective is needed – if you hate Ashley and the regime, stop paying/going. It might make a difference, but don’t kid yourself into thinking it definitely will, or that anything you do can effect this man – he’s bulletproof and cares not a jot about you, your Twitter feed or your swearwords.

    8
  • lesh

    Jun 25, 2019 at 1:33 AM

    Comment #32

    Reposted having dozed off and missed this bus

    Ashley really has fckued up this time.

    He’s pushed Rafa out, shown himself to be narrow minded, myopic and impetuous and more importantly (the penny’s probably just dropped), overlooked the pre-season trip to China. Mikey boy might as well kiss goodbye to any far eastern business opportunities he had in mind.

    2
  • NY Mag

    Jun 25, 2019 at 1:40 AM

    Comment #33

    Lesh,

    I agree with you that Ashley has screwed up…..but don’t think that the whole NUFC debacle is heard around the world – no one in Asia (or the US) has even heard of Ashley.
    You’re applying local rules on a global stage – it just isn’t like that (much as I don’t like it)

    6
  • Online Guy

    Jun 25, 2019 at 1:54 AM

    Comment #34

    Carltoon, Bobbee ,

    Apologies to you both . I was a tad emotional early today when I posted my thoughts on the poster who said those attending a match (after this kick in the proverbial’s) are killing the Club, and me agreeing with that sentiment.

    I never meant individual’s myself but have the hope that collectively, all, or most of the support, can suspend their support for ten home games .

    As things have transpired today have your positions and thoughts changed as regards attending games ?

    Is it not a bit like the beaten wife ? She keeps going back to her Wife beater husband because she loves him ?

    Never going to be a good relationship is it .

    You can still retain the love for Newcastle United and remain, United .

    9
  • Genjikai

    Jun 25, 2019 at 1:55 AM

    Comment #35

    Nedders should we test your theory that he is bullet proof?

    6
  • Genjikai

    Jun 25, 2019 at 1:58 AM

    Comment #36

    Howare man online guy send out some brainwashing waves over the frequencies man, subconscious hypnosis over the peaks and troughs.

    1
  • NY Mag

    Jun 25, 2019 at 1:58 AM

    Comment #37

    OLG,

    Are you a regular match day attendee?

    2
  • Online Guy

    Jun 25, 2019 at 2:12 AM

    Comment #38

    N.Y.

    I have always been hit and miss attending matches .
    Iv seen a lot of away games last 40 years.

    Lesh

    Spot on post at #32 . It has not sunk in yet..I thought I was having a lucid dream when I heard the news .

    0
  • NY Mag

    Jun 25, 2019 at 2:12 AM

    Comment #39

    Genji,

    I admire you militant stance…..but people follow actions not words…

    2
  • NY Mag

    Jun 25, 2019 at 2:16 AM

    Comment #40

    OLG,

    I wasn’t having a “go” at you, just asking as there been a lot of “keyboard warrior” shenanigans today….I don’t agree with fans turning on each other – today, we should be united not divided.

    6

You must log in to post a comment.