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Report – Former Italian National Team Manager Turned Away By Newcastle

The Shields Gazette are reporting that former Italy manager Roberto Donadoni enquired about the vacant Newcastle position but was turned away due to his lack of Premiership experience.

This is what Ross Gregory writes in his report:

The AC Milan legend has been out of work since leaving Bologna last year, and had thrown his hat into the ring to replace Rafa Benitez in the St James’s Park dugout.

However, Donadoni was discounted by chief executive Lee Charnley because he doesn’t have any experience of English football.

So reports Tuesday by Mark Douglas of the Chronicle stating that Newcastle were only interested in managers with up to date Premier League experience was accurate.

Though Steve Bruce has been out of the Premier League since Hull City were relegated in 2015, we suppose he does have a lot of experience in England.

To be fair, Roberto Donadoni has not had much success at either club or international level. He was appointed manager of the Italian National Team after their World Cup victory in 2006 replacing Marcello Lippi. He led them into the 2008 Euro’s but Italy had a disappointing tournament and Donadoni was sacked.

At club level, the biggest club he has managed is Napoli but only lasted for seven months after poor results. His most recent positions have been at Parma and Bologna.

At Parma, he was the victim of a club that went into bankruptcy which ultimately ended a decent three-year spell at the club.

His last position was with Bologna where he managed from 2015 to 2018. His record of 1.13 points per match with a 30% winning percentage was poor to say the least.

112 comments so far

  • Rob1971

    Jul 11, 2019 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #1

    Our toon it’s got nothing to do with him managing Sunderland before, it’s all to do with him being a below average manager, he is no better than McLaren, look how that worked out

  • DubaiMicky

    Jul 11, 2019 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #2

    Well if we weren’t the laughing stock of the league before. We are now.

  • toon22

    Jul 11, 2019 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #3

    Master stroke by Jabba ?
    Install a manager to take the heat from him ?

    Don’t think so lol

  • lochinvar

    Jul 11, 2019 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #4

    And Bruce has good Premier League experience ?


  • lochinvar

    Jul 11, 2019 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #5

    clearly Bruce is stringing Charnley along
    What a man

  • droppy in Wallsend

    Jul 11, 2019 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #6

    Forget the Mackem link, he’s an awful manager.

    But the worst thing is he claims to be a Geordie and yet will take the job despite it being against the will of the vast majority of geordies.

    He’s supposed to be mates with Shearer, so he knows how bad MA is, and he still wants the job.

    Joke appointment by a circus of a club.

  • beefman13

    Jul 11, 2019 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #7

    Rob197, it’s got quite a lot to do with him being a mackem failed manager, a man utd lover, a traitor to the geordie nation, a snake a fraud, a 50 faced fat piece of excrement, a totally championship manager at best, the worst type of person I could imagine being manager of our Great club. Is that enough.

  • toon22

    Jul 11, 2019 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #8

    You think he Might beat Pardud to the worst manager in our history award?

  • Chart Topping Toon

    Jul 11, 2019 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #9

    If an ‘owner’ was to siphon money out of a club, the best method would surely be to own all the contracted service companies that run the ship, such as; media, property, merchandising, catering, legal etc. Pay over the odds for the prevision of these ‘services’ from the main company accounts then pick up the profits as dividends from the smaller contract companies? Nobody would notice, Just a thought!

  • jon

    Jul 11, 2019 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #10

    Rushed to pub for cricket and pre sale celebratory drink (haven’t read the blog today) and we only need 8 runs ffs.


  • MarkBro

    Jul 11, 2019 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #11

    He probably signed hours ago.

    We’re just not important enough to tell

  • optimistic prime

    Jul 11, 2019 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #12

    Hahaha hahaha

    Course he was

  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 11, 2019 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #13

    Possibly we’ve got the wrong man. Is it actually Robert the Bruce we’re after? Has a winning record apparently but it was quite some time ago and only in Scotland….

  • optimistic prime

    Jul 11, 2019 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #14


    I’m glad your here mate, some sense is needed


  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 11, 2019 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #15

    No toon22, he would have to beat Carver as worst manager in our history. Parsnip wasn’t even in the bottom 5. Parsnip was actually only a mediocre appointment by Ashley compared with some of the others. Where does Bruce fit? Not sure yet. It won’t be great I don’t think. He’s in for a narsty time of it if true.

  • optimistic prime

    Jul 11, 2019 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #16

    The club should be in the Sunday league the way its run.

    Unfortunately amateur is someone who does something for the love of it, theres no way anyone at the top of the club loves it at all.

  • Novocastrian66

    Jul 11, 2019 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #17

    Bruce isn’t the problem. Ashley is. We need to empty the ground. Hammering Bruce is pointless.

  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 11, 2019 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #18

    Ta OP. Glad to see your here as well.

  • Our Toon

    Jul 11, 2019 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #19

    Into the final we go, aussies got a right pasting today

  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 11, 2019 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #20

    This latest tweet from Peter Redding doesn’t really say anything at all does it? It’s almost as if he doesn’t know anything at all about the deal. Hmmm……

  • MarkBro

    Jul 11, 2019 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #21

    Well mikes certainly lay down our vision for the future.

    Very inspiring for the fans, players and other premier league clubs.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jul 11, 2019 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #22

    Bruce is an affable guy and a fair manager, but I’m surprised he took it on, unless he’s been told a sale is definitely coming down the pipeline and his remit is to keep us up, and he’s been promised decent funds to do it, because no manager can succeed at Newcastle under Mike Ashley, and he must know that. If he signs for longer than a year I’ll be dismayed.

  • geordietom

    Jul 11, 2019 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #23


    sorry in advance mate . i copied what you put on in the earlier thread . and i may add i agree with what you said …

    I put forward a notion as the Blog intends which not unexpectedly the cretin who preens himself (as others say “right all along”) can’t get his a head around or try to reason with a genuine poster – another badge of honour to join the others in the bin.

    i also agree that the FROG preens on here and never gets involved in a proper convo . and for him being a cretin well its true …

    still cant believe a while back some put on this very blog TOON22 is the blog saviour . the very same blog saviour . wants us to get relegated . TOON22 are you going to any meetings ect regarding newcastle united or are you gonna cry off like always … to say i hate the FROG is a understatement … name and shame frog do it if you have the balls …

  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 11, 2019 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #24

    Well said OP @16. This really is a new low for Ashley. Didn’t think it was possible yet here we are. I wonder how the players are feeling? Lose Rafa and his team, hearing typical nonsense from the press, and they know the supporters have had it. China might not be a bad place to be for a while.

  • Reilly

    Jul 11, 2019 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #25

    Steve Bruce knows what he’s getting into

  • Stardust

    Jul 11, 2019 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #26

    The whole lot of them have to be hammered.

    I couldn’t care less whether it was carver or Zidane. Makes no difference. We’re f****d.

    But then they go and get a mackem lover. Now it does make a difference. No proper geordie would have picked him.

    I’m not gannin back simple as that. Been going since 1973.got two season tickets. I hate mackems and I mean really despise the c****.

    This isn’t wor club now.

    I hope they lose now until its back to normal. Infiltrated by mackem lovers. Who’d have ever thought it. I hope they lose every game until the mackems are chased out. Scum

  • investinyouthtoon

    Jul 11, 2019 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #27

    Once this Bruce appointment is confirmed, Nufc will be nothing more than a deceased sporting institution assigned to the pages of history.

    Even bang average managers wouldn’t touch this club with a barge pole, we’re nothing but a laughing stock. Yet the fans and groups cant/ won’t unite for the greater cause and rid us from the cancerous leach, rather lapping up the rubbish time after time after time with their fingers up their backsides doing squat about any of it. Protests won’t work too many will rush back.

  • c-dog

    Jul 11, 2019 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #28

    Muckle Head Out!

  • MarkBro

    Jul 11, 2019 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #29

    Think id have Mick McCarthy or bassett before Bruce

    Please Bruce, turn us down…

  • Stardust

    Jul 11, 2019 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #30

    You fight mackems. You don’t let them in when it’s a bad as this. Now it’s war

  • c-dog

    Jul 11, 2019 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #31

    Look at where our recent most managers have ended up soon after working under Ashley

    Pardeaux currently unemployed(or mls)
    Macca unemployed
    Rafa China

    It’s career suicide

  • toon22

    Jul 11, 2019 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #32

    At least Munster will have someone to blame everything on again

  • Novocastrian66

    Jul 11, 2019 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #33

    Stardust: You’re talking rubbish. Sunderland aren’t the issue. Ashley is you need to adjust your thinking.
    I couldn’t give a shit about Sunderland.

  • ToonRich

    Jul 11, 2019 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #34

    Bruce is about to jump into bed with Ashley an people are saying its not his fault!! Have a word, he’ll know exactly what he’s getting into (Just like some said about Rafa)…The difference being, Rafa tried to change the way we were run, Bruce is a mere Yes Man and we all know it!!

  • Online Guy

    Jul 11, 2019 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #35

    Just been looking into my crystal ball

    In the new year Ashley sells Longstaff to Man Utd for 50 million plus 20 million add ons if he makes the England squad playing for Man Utd .nailed on btw.

    Steve Bruce takes the flack as he’s ex old Trafford stalwart and although Steve will say he didn’t want to loose the player it will look like he has done man U a favour ..Ashley is thinking long term to cream 70 million pounds from Newcastle United ..and then channel those funds into another corner shop.

    We really HAVE been CLUBNAPPED.

    Bank of Ashley .

    To all you people who are going to attend any match this season here’s a message for you

    It’s not Newcastle United anymore ..we ceased to exist when Ashley bought us ..We are Ashley FC.

    No cup runs at all.

    And 17th position will suffice .

    If Steve Bruce takes this job he is immediately in cahoots with Ashley and will tow the party line

    Lie to the supporters.

    We have had enough of that .

    Boycott …PLEASE !

  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 11, 2019 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #36

    We’re going to pay a 5M pound release clause to get Bruce? Or is that bollocks as well? NUFC.com are reporting a meeting between the club and Bruce yesterday followed by Bruce requesting release from his current 12 month contract with Sheffield. Also claim he will be in charge of us when we leave for China. Possibly he should just stay there?

  • toon22

    Jul 11, 2019 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #37

    Less that 28 days of the transfer window left
    At best a manager who nobody wants
    Only 2 strikers at the club, one that’s seems not to be good enough for the prem. The other hasn’t played much
    Our current top scorer is a CB

    And an owner who won’t spend money

    It’s going to be fun next season

  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 11, 2019 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #38

    It sounds just about mad enough to be true.

  • Tsunki

    Jul 11, 2019 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #39

    There is undoubtedly a lot of mackem percentage in the “support Bruce” vote because no real Toon fan would entertain an ex-mackem manager, who swerved us in the past and who has a pretty awful managerial record and who succeeds the best manager we had since SBR simply because the money’s right and to hell with winning anything, in a million years.

    Don’t believe the “real toon fans” who say we well “I support the team not the regime” and “give him a chance” etc because its all pr and mackem baiting.

    There is no way any genuine Mag supporter should get behind this facade manager appointment it’s a direct insult to you, one and all. Its Ashley prodding you in the chest and saying “you’re going to take it like you always do, now roll over sonny so I can get that money out of your pockets”.

    If anything was a signal for outright boycott of all things Ashley it’s this – what on earth more do you need to tell you that you are being robbed and ridiculed without mercy? How much more could you possibly be insulted?

  • welshgeordie9

    Jul 11, 2019 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #40

    So if pardew and co were yes men under Ashley, does that count Rafa as well.


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