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Newcastle Went After Wrong Dutchman In March


In an interview with Voetbal International, Feyenoord manager Jaap Stam has claimed that he was approached by Newcastle in March for the head coach position.

If this is correct, the approach would have been four months before Rafa Benitez had officially left Newcastle. This is the claim made by the 47-year-old:

“You have been informed because it is correct. Newcastle United contacted me a few days after I agreed to manage Feyenoord. So it was not an option right away.

“I am a man of my word. It was beautiful and honorable because the people in England apparently know what I stand for as a coach.”

Giovanni van Bronckhorst announced in January that he would be ending his 4-year reign at Feyenoord at the end of that season. On March 6th, the Dutch club appointed Jaap Stam as his successor.

So Newcastle’s contact with Stam would have come around the second week of March. If true, this is a strange choice by Newcastle.

Under van Bronckhorst Feyenoord never finished lower than 4th and won the Eredivisie in 2017. However, they are currently languishing in 10th place under Stam.

During this summer, it was reported that van Bronckhorst was interested in the open Newcastle position but was not granted an interview due to his limited experience in England.

However, Stam has only coached Reading in the Championship, where he was sacked after a run of 1 win in 18 matches in his second year.

There was a report in the Mirror a few weeks back that claimed that Manchester City were preparing van Bronckhorst to be Pep Guardiola’s successor. That is a little strange as we assumed Mikel Arteta was primed to be the next Manchester City manager.

Arteta was also approached by Newcastle to replace Benitez but turned that chance down. Giovanni van Bronckhorst has been at Manchester City since September in an unofficial capacity to learn the inner workings of the club according to the report in the Mirror.

If Newcastle felt in March that they would not be retaining Rafa Benitez, then Giovanni van Bronckhorst seems to have been a better target than Jaap Stam.

That is all in the past now, but it is going to be very interesting to see how van Bronckhorst’s future pans out.


12 comments so far

  • martoon

    Oct 22, 2019 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #1

    This begs the question did nufc know then they were not going to retain Rafa or were they just being pro-active just in case?

    4
  • barkel

    Oct 22, 2019 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #2

    nufc being proactive?!!?? hahahahaha

    14
  • Jib

    Oct 22, 2019 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #3

    When Jaap Stam was at Reading he lived near Maidenhead
    Ashley’s old stamping ground.
    It’s quite feasible they met socially
    Knowing Ashley’s predilection for appointing social acquaintances
    (Wise Kinnear Pardew) it would be likely the club’s approach was at his
    instigation

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 22, 2019 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #4

    Either Jaap Stam is lying through his back teeth or as most of us suspected they had zero intentions of keeping Rafa unless he agreed to be a patsy. So much for our resident apologist Jeff from Benwell claiming Rafa left them in the lurch.

    22
  • Scythe For Bruce

    Oct 22, 2019 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #5

    Charnley is NEVER proactive, so that means they knew for a fact that Rafa wouldn’t accept the terms they were offering. And yet they gave Bruce the money he needed to ‘strengthen’ the team. The did the bare minimum to keep Rafa knowing that he’d leave.

    Ashley wants to be top dog at our club, liked by the fans and it was never going to happen with Rafa there. He had to go.

    10
  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 22, 2019 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #6

    Scythe For Bruce,
    It’s sick!

    5
  • Bills Son Is Back

    Oct 22, 2019 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #7

    So now I read that know matter how, when or why “we still sold our best players”.

    Really?

    Which clubs outside of Man City, Bayern, PSG, Barcelona and Real Madrid don’t sell their best players??

    Leicester won the League and sold all of their best players bar Vardy – they would have sold him but he didn’t want to go. They’ve now sold McGuire.

    Lpool couldn’t keep Suarez or Coutinho.

    Man U couldn’t keep Ronaldo and are struggling to keep Pogba.

    Spurs couldn’t keep Bale or Modric and now Eriksen wants to leave.

    Arsenal couldn’t keep Sanchez, Van Persie or Fabregas.

    I could go on.

    It isn’t just ambition players move for its MONEY.

    The elite clubs can pay wages that turn the heads of any player and the top 6 in the Prem can also offer wages that the rest can’t compete with.

    Pretending that we are the only club that sells its best players is delusional nonsense.

    11
  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 22, 2019 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #8

    It is perhaps a bit far fetched to believe anyone is actually a KBA infiltrator but friend Jib certainly gives more than a passing nod to that wild theory. Seemingly on here 24/7 and always, always, always defending and championing Ashley, absolutely no matter what. Jib’s endless faux hypocrisy – pot- kettle- black calling and passive aggressive / gas lighting routine is quite entertaining and almost puppy like though.

    14
  • Munster Mag

    Oct 22, 2019 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #9

    Rotunda well done for spotting that Toon 22 is a lying tool who outrageously calls people shills on here because they dont repeat his crap.

    3
  • Munster Mag

    Oct 22, 2019 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #10

    Billson. Stop. Your logic might give some on here a nosebleed.

    1
  • eltoon

    Oct 22, 2019 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #11

    Billson, how many of those teams you named did not have players to replace departures or reinvested the money to get someone at least as good as those that left?

    3
  • magpie0722

    Oct 22, 2019 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #12

    eltoon, Spot on, the fact they could do that is/was, that they, unlike us, have people that can spot players with the skills and talent required to fit the team ethic and in certain cases improve the side. We have a talent of identifying players no one else wants and fitting square pegs in round holes.

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