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Report – Ben Dawson Could Be Appointed Caretaker Manager While Search For New Manager Begins

Lee Ryder in the Chronicle writes this morning that Neil Redfearn may not after all take over as caretaker manager when the players report back to training.

He is reporting that Ben Dawson, who recently was appointed as the clubs Academy’s Head of Coaches in the recent restructuring, could instead be appointed to lead the first team.

This is what Lee writes:

Dawson was supposed to be taking up a technical role at the club’s Academy as head of coaches.

But the organisational skills of the former FA man may now be utilised at the senior end of the club’s Benton HQ.

Dawson could be assisted by Neil Redfearn while goalkeeper coach Simon Smith is also still on board.

This may be a better appointment in our opinion then Redfearn as long as it is only for a couple of weeks.

Ben did an excellent job coaching the reserves last week and is from the area. He has also been at the club for a number of years.

However, Newcastle really need to get the ball rolling on the manager search. Other clubs seem to have a plan B while Newcastle never do.

Yesterday in his interview with George Caulkin, Rafa Benitez stated that he was surprised Newcastle released a statement of his departure even though he had informed them he would not be returning unless they accepted his demands.

We wonder how long Newcastle have had to prepare for life after Rafa. It seems he was adamant that he would not accept the contract on offer and if Mike Ashley was unwilling to negotiate, then the writing was on the wall so to speak.

A replacement should have been in the works once the talks reached this level of contention. They must have believed Rafa would cave and sign the contract but you never leave something this important to chance.

We will see how things progress this week and we just hope some news comes of a takeover.

28 comments so far

  • hibbit

    Jul 2, 2019 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #1

    he’s by far the best we have.

  • Jib

    Jul 2, 2019 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #2
  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Jul 2, 2019 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #3

    Hibbit – sadly you are correct. Doesn’t make it right though. No doubt another penny pinching scheme from our owner
    “Ben any chance if you could just do this job as well………”

  • ChicoUSA

    Jul 2, 2019 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #4

    Should be a smashing match! I only wish our American men’s team were half as competitive as our women!

  • lochinvar

    Jul 2, 2019 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #5

    he’s by far the best we have.

    He’s all we’ve got left

  • NezzaNUFC

    Jul 2, 2019 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #6

    Not long………

  • Jib

    Jul 2, 2019 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #7

    Nanjing and Shanghai are both a canny step from Dalian
    I wonder if Rafa will get the time to link up with the chaps ?

  • The mighty wyn

    Jul 2, 2019 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #8

    Is that a guess Nezza or have you heard something

  • Jib

    Jul 2, 2019 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #9

    One thing with Dawson
    The young’uns should get first team opportunities

  • lochinvar

    Jul 2, 2019 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #10

    When England’s women take on the world’s number-one ranked side in Tuesday’s Fifa Women’s World Cup semi-final, they will also be up against two Englishwomen at the very top of the sport.
    The United States’ Hampshire-born head coach Jill Ellis and Newcastle-born high performance coach Dawn Scott are integral to the holders’ bid for a fourth world title.

    Wonder what the odds are on Dawn Scott getting the Managers job. Dawn of a new era maybe?

  • NY Mag

    Jul 2, 2019 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #11


    I cannot lose with this game, I can claim either birthright or assimilation 😉

  • Tsunki

    Jul 2, 2019 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #12

    There is one thing I will lay the blame for right at Rafa’s feet. Approaching the club and saying he would like the opportunity to make something of this squad, this club, has not done us any favours in one respect. It has delayed getting Ashley out by three long years.

    It handed Ashley the illusion of ambition which he used to mock the paying support for a very valuable three seasons. It fooled us all into thinking Ashley had turned a corner and realised footballing success was the way he wanted us to go. If Rafa hadn’t come we would have been at the crucial point of abstaining from Ashley’s plan years ago instead of now. We might even have seen him off long before today who knows?

    The plus point is we were in a waking dream for a lot of the time, but now it has to end.

  • captainmarvel

    Jul 2, 2019 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #13

    No way can you blame him for coming it was up to Ashley to seize the opportunity but he refused to take the chance, it was good while it lasted though….

  • #boycott Arsenal

    Jul 2, 2019 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #14

    Is there no end to the nonsense you spout, seemingly for the sake of it. Of course he was duped, he was talking to an architect about changes to plans of a building the owner had no intention of funding.

  • hibbit

    Jul 2, 2019 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #15

    I sadly have to agree with both of you *he’s all we left*

  • Jib

    Jul 2, 2019 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #16

    There’s loads of crap on the internet so you have to be careful
    According to one report I read
    Wenger who has been advising BZG – is joining us as DoF
    with his old captain Mikel Arteta as coach

  • steveytoon

    Jul 2, 2019 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #17

    why would ashley get a head coach/ manager in on a say 3 year contract if he was selling the club unless it was who the potential new owners want in , it makes perfect sense to use Ben as an interim manager until the club is sold to which I believe will happen 100% then it wont cost him a penny which will be music to his ears

  • Jib

    Jul 2, 2019 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #18

    I cannot believe you have so little respect for
    Rafa that you believe he was so easily duped !

  • #boycott Arsenal

    Jul 2, 2019 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #19

    It’s only nine o clock, have you started drinking already?

  • NY Mag

    Jul 2, 2019 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #20


    It’s always beer o’clock somewhere in the world!!

  • RobLeenio

    Jul 2, 2019 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #21

    Jib, I’ve mentioned Wenger as a potential DoF a couple of times. Something he said towards the end of last season “I’ll be back in The Premier League, but maybe not as a manager” or words to that effect.

    He’s barely been heard of since, at least publicly.

    Of course, I was hoping he’d be DoF to Rafa’s Head Coach, working together to scour Europe for and recruit the very best talent. I know they’ve had their differences, but I do think they could have worked together well.

    Sadly, we’ll likely never know.

  • Jib

    Jul 2, 2019 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #22

    Jail you’ve banged on for years about Ashley’s
    tightness and lack of intentions for the club.
    So you are in effect saying you are smarter
    than Rafa.
    Interesting insight

  • WLtoon

    Jul 2, 2019 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #23

    It seems Cashley wants someone to hold the fort, an interim coach, i wonder why. Maybe he wont give anyone a long term contract bcos new owners, if there are any,, will have to pay up a contract. the longer we dont have a full time head coach on a long term contract the more promising a takeover is on the cards in my view.

  • #boycott Arsenal

    Jul 2, 2019 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #24

    If he had been shown plans knocked up on the back of a bit of paper from Churnleys recycle tray and they’d said that’s what we’re going to spend 10M on then that would be being easily duped. To be shown plans and introduced to the architect that drew them is an elaborate fraud, given that most other PL clubs have similar training facilities to the one he’d have been shown. Given our resources I don’t exactly think it would make you gullible to think that we were also serious about building one.

  • Jib

    Jul 2, 2019 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #25

    The odds on Arteta at the bookies are constantly shortening

  • posada

    Jul 2, 2019 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #26

    How much is Rafa worth.
    15 years on an average of £ 3.5 million a year. After tax at quite a high rate should we say 30 million.
    Gets the chance, so it is said, to earn 30 odd million tax free in the next 3 years.

    When you get to 59 you think right. Firstly, I’m still here. At that age we all know some of our old colleagues ( the unlucky one’s ) who aren’t . Secondly, I’ve still got my health. Again, not a given.
    In 3 years I can earn as much as I have in the last 15-20 years.

    Well, it’s hard to turn down. Unless you get a wonderful offer and the chance to work for a great owner at a great club.

    Only draw back is you actually have to go to China.

  • posada

    Jul 2, 2019 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #27

    Do some players and managers use an offer from China as leverage to get a better deal at home.
    Make me a better offer as I can get more than that.
    They get some of the extra money they would get in China, without the drawback of actually having to go there.
    If that makes sense.
    That’s a general comment. Not saying it was Rafa’s tactic.
    Two different worlds though as far as football goes.

  • toonluvva

    Jul 2, 2019 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #28

    A quick question which I hope a reader can answer.

    Can we dispose of an asset during the course of a sale?

    Also could the potential buyers knock off the value of that asset from the seller?

    Thank you in advance.


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