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Some Intriguing Plot Twists Are Being Reported In Newcastle’s Manager Search



Graeme Jones reportedly will use this entire week to prepare the squad for Chelsea. There’ll be no days off with the league leaders coming to St. James’ Park on Saturday.

The lads picked up a good point last weekend at Selhurst Park, though the performance was lacking. We’ll see what Graeme has up his sleeve after a full week of preparation. Though Saturday will be more about improving the performance than picking up an unlikely result.

While Jones handles the squad, the board continues its search to fill two key roles – the next manager and a new director. On Monday, Fabrizio Romano claimed that former Roma manager Paulo Fonseca would take the job but the board was taking a few extra days to make the offer.

A claim emerged last night that the Newcastle hierarchy wanted a Director of Football in place before bringing a manager in. That report, from Ian Murtagh in The Daily Star, claimed that Ajax’s Marc Overmars had held talks for the position but Manchester City Academy Manager Jason Wilcox was the front-runner.

Overmars has excelled since becoming Ajax’s Technical Director in 2011. He could be looking for a new challenge and reportedly would like to bring Ajax boss Erik ten Hag with him should he join Newcastle.

The Chronicle has published some recent comments from ten Hag about the reports linking him to Newcastle. He doesn’t seem interested at all in leaving Ajax saying:

“When I extended my contract with Ajax, I said: ‘I think we have a team that we can develop’.

“We want to annoy the European top teams. We’re on our way, let me put it this way.

“We have to move on. In October, November, and December you win nothing. We must keep the pressure up.”

Unless the 51-year-old is playing coy, he’s likely ruled himself out of the running. Though he hasn’t been considered a top candidate with Fonseca, Lucien Favre, Eddie Howe, and Roberto Martinez, among others, garnering much of the headlines.

German outlet Bild reported on Monday night that the 63-year-old Favre had leaped Fonseca as the front-runner. Sport Witness has written a piece on the claim which states negotiations are in the ‘decisive phase.’ But it relays little more information than that.

Another report from Sport Witness has former AC Milan and Napoli manager Gennaro Gattuso keen on the role. The report cites Italian journalist Fabio Santini, who said the following:

“Attention: there is a sensational twist for what concerns Gennaro Gattuso. The coach could land in the Premier League, at Newcastle.

“The Calabrian coach would also accept a fixed-term contract until the end of the current football season.”

Gattuso has been linked with Newcastle in the recent past but there haven’t been any reports we could find linking him under our new owners. This week could be a monumental one with two important hires, or it could another one of speculation. We’ll soon find out.

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171 comments so far

  • the crown princes nashers

    Oct 26, 2021 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #41

    WLtoon

    aye the bookies odds are up and doon like a yoyo, gets the punters in though

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Oct 26, 2021 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #42

    Under Bruce if ASM is out injured for a while we are goosed but I think a new manager would get more out of the other players

    Wilson is the big worry he is such a lethal finisher literally feeding off scraps game after game and then boom he scores out of nowhere we have no one else close to him a bit like Defoe when he was at the Mackem’s he kept them up on his own a few seasons in a row

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  • WLtoon

    Oct 26, 2021 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #43

    Jail,

    They were playing Watford, a team we should of been 3-0 up against before half time, and if Wilson had of been playing , we well might of been.
    Everton , a multi million pound squad , a squad much stronger than ours.
    As usual you are making excuses for RB, lets see where they finish.
    Every team gets injuries, not just Everton.

    5
  • Midlandmagpie

    Oct 26, 2021 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #44

    #bringinconte

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  • Mund

    Oct 26, 2021 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #45

    Conte will go to Man U

    1
  • the crown princes nashers

    Oct 26, 2021 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #46

    conte only goes to clubs that are from 5th upwards dont think hes ever built a whole new team before he was my original choice as boss as well, I still think faver is our best option really

    4
  • Wor B

    Oct 26, 2021 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #47

    Sholou23

    Welcome to the blog.

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  • Mund

    Oct 26, 2021 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #48

    Rafa has moved on so should we

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  • Mund

    Oct 26, 2021 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #49

    Welcome to the blog sholou23 🙂

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  • Wor B

    Oct 26, 2021 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #50

    and Midlandmagpie

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  • WLtoon

    Oct 26, 2021 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #51

    Adam,

    Yeah i think the consortium are leaving no stone unturned to get the perfect set up for us right now, thoroughly professional unlike the last incumbent.
    I`m hoping it will all be done before the Brighton game but if not then so be it, we have waited years to have this kind of professionalism at the club, waiting an extra week or so to find out who our new coach is won`t be too much of a problem for me.

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  • TheTinman

    Oct 26, 2021 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #52

    WLToon, agree. But it shouldn’t be too much longer now. They’ve had more than enough time to interview all candidates and explore options.

    Hoping to see some concrete movement on DOF and Manager by the end of the week.

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  • onmeedsun

    Oct 26, 2021 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #53

    WToon
    Agree. Whatever they do must future proof a relegation as whoever they bring in is still a distinct possibility. If we had 10 points now I’d take the view that we’d be safe with new manager and acquisitions in Jan, but we are way behind where we should be for the fixtures we’ve played.

    2
  • Raj of Hailsley

    Oct 26, 2021 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #54

    WLtoon,
    Time will tell I suppose.

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  • Mund

    Oct 26, 2021 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #55

    The team has a really strong attacking threat but we fail to create a lot of chances or goal scoring opportunities. We just need a quality manager and set up to bring the best out of this squad of players.

    2
  • WLtoon

    Oct 26, 2021 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #56

    Tinman,

    Agree, shouldn`t be long now, they have been working endlessly it seems to bring in the right people, either way whoever we get it`s going to be exciting times.

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  • WLtoon

    Oct 26, 2021 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #57

    onmeedson,

    Relegation is a huge worry for me, we really need to hit the ground running under the new staff, though i doubt we will, that takes time, but will we have enough time.
    I think a lot of fans are expecting to buy ourselves out of trouble in January , me included, but that doesn`t guarantee safety.

    1
  • Raj of Hailsley

    Oct 26, 2021 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #58

    The trouble is with an untested PL manager they could be a Mourinho or Klopp or turn out to be a Juan Ramos or a VDB.

    1
  • Novocastrian66

    Oct 26, 2021 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #59

    I think the damage is done and we will be relegated.

    4
  • Adamn_92

    Oct 26, 2021 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #60

    There’s so so so much of the season left. I think a new manager can turn things around and keep us up, let alone being able to bring in players in January. I think we’ll stay up.

    1
  • WLtoon

    Oct 26, 2021 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #61

    Favre has been quoted as saying he doesn`t intend being in football for much longer so with that in mind maybe an 18 months contract would suit him down to the ground, keep us up this season, leave us mid table next season, then retire knowing he did a decent job.

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  • cleveleysbob

    Oct 26, 2021 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #62

    New posters, tentative 1st steps, welcome aboard.

    The new owners (still love that phrase) have made it clear that player purchases will be evolution not revolution, they plan to take it steady and have already conceded the difficulty of buying in January. Their bigger plans are for Summer, which makes sense.

    It’s all about staying up this season, but I still hope for a progressive manager and not a so called play safe dinosaur. I don’t think they will, cause they could have just kept Bruce on if they wanted that.

    This squad, if properly coached and organised are a top 10 side. Our only problem is that, largely because of Bruce and losing Wilson for a number of important games already, we haven’t got the number of points we should have got from a relatively benign opening run of fixtures.

    However, with the right people and proper coaching, there are enough games left to stave off the threat comfortably. Now is not the time to panic. Trust the process and the people, and hope for Favre or Fonseca and none of the knackers.

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  • Nufc 4ever

    Oct 26, 2021 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #63

    Brentford totally played Chelsea off the park in the second half. Chelsea didn’t get over the half way line. It’s down to the manager if we sit back like we did against palace we lose

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  • onmeedsun

    Oct 26, 2021 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #64

    Novo
    Like you I’m assuming we’ll drop, so their plans need to accommodate that scenario. But if that’s the price of swapping Ashley for our new owners then I can live with it. But it will cost. PIF will either need to find a way of making good the losses from a FFP and cash perspective, or even better claw back from the FCB!

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  • TheTinman

    Oct 26, 2021 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #65

    Come off it Novo. That’s extremely negative. We’re still 2 months from Xmas for goodness sake

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  • Mund

    Oct 26, 2021 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #66

    Bloody hell lads it’s only October.

    Plenty of time left and plenty of points to be earned.

    I stayed positive even last year when Fulham pulled it back within a point and that was more of a time to panic.

    4
  • Novocastrian66

    Oct 26, 2021 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #67

    The future is bright whether we go down or not. Hopefully we can beat the dr

    2
  • DrGloom

    Oct 26, 2021 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #68

    Can’t blame Everton fans for wanting rid of Rafa … spent a fortune of 2 million and has only 14 points and 3 points off top 4 without their 2 best players … should be sacked immediately 😀

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  • Mund

    Oct 26, 2021 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #69

    Newcastle United FC
    @NUFC
    ·
    4m
    Another goal for
    @Dylstephenson
    . Fisted hand

    Highlights of last night’s U23 fixture against Wolves are now available to watch on NUFC TV.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/NUFC/status/1452952458741886983

    1
  • lochinvar

    Oct 26, 2021 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #70

    Some Intriguing Plot Twists Are Being Reported In Newcastle’s Manager Search

    Maybe we get Fawkes as Manager, he’s the Guy for me

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  • Novocastrian66

    Oct 26, 2021 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #71

    drop but I think we will have to win 10 of our last 20 games.

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Oct 26, 2021 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #72

    Hoeay Novo,
    There’s 29 games to play,, we nearly turned it around with ten to play last time.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Oct 26, 2021 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #73

    We just need a win from somewhere

    This Chelsea team are great but we have beaten better Chelsea teams at St James’s albeit we had better teams also

    The crowd will hopefully be up for it which can make a difference

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Oct 26, 2021 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #74

    I still can’t/don’t understand why something wasn’t worked out in the summer with the consortium regarding transfers. They obviously never objected to Willock being on tick. It really does look like sabotage of sorts from Ashley and I’m not sure what the arrangement was that had the new owners allowing it to happen.

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  • Mund

    Oct 26, 2021 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #75

    For some to understand you need to understand how the Saudis work.

    The consortium and mainly made up of PIF would never make any moves until all contacts are signed and it’s a done deal. That’s just how they work.

    1
  • Raj of Hailsley

    Oct 26, 2021 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #76

    Still doesn’t explain why Ashley never used the clubs money to protect his investment.

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  • Mund

    Oct 26, 2021 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #77

    Why would he need to? He was confided he would sell the club without having to and that’s exactly what happened.

    End of story, no?

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Oct 26, 2021 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #78

    @Jail

    I wondered that too I wonder if there was a collective thought that Bruce would have us on more points?

    They didn’t take into account his ineptness and also I think he’s downed tools after being told no more transfers which made him even lazier

    Once again we have been shafted by Ashley I would be taking away his advertising boards out of spite

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Oct 26, 2021 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #79

    So why did he buy Willock, he didn’t have to if that was the case. If Willock was done on tick a Hamza Choudty loan could have and any other player Bruce thought he was getting.

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  • WLtoon

    Oct 26, 2021 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #80

    Conte massive favourite with bookies for Manure job, odds on, with nobody anywhere near close.

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