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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

  • Mund

    Oct 26, 2021 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #121


    Me too mate gutted 🙁

  • cyprus

    Oct 26, 2021 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #122

    Just six months ago West Brom (remember them?) put 5 past them.

    Hope we haven’t used up all the fortuity points in our last outing, because I’m expecting a result.

  • catchy in norway

    Oct 26, 2021 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #123


    if he was 8th with 9 games to go, id say not a bad season, but he is 8th in a season 9 games old sliding down very fast. his new manager bounce is wearing off and a lot a fans see the football.

    even with out his best 3 players ( which is football) (and How long have we not had Wilson), the football philosophy is still there, give up the ball to the opposition and hope for the best.

  • peter5199 (Counter Coup)

    Oct 26, 2021 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #124

    Wor B @104
    Mr GF is a bit of a hothead who tends to blow up when you least expect it. Last saw him cartwheeling on a fence.

  • DaraghL

    Oct 26, 2021 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #125

    Munster I agree, I was going off Catchy’s prediction.

    Everton appear to be in a Pochettino’s Spurs era. They invested in players very poorly for years and are building a new stadium. Rafa is perfect to keep them mid table with no investment.

    Once they have the stadium and can spend again, he’ll be gone.

  • catchy in norway

    Oct 26, 2021 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #126


    who was the last manager to take down again?

    certainly has experience of that.


  • Adamn_92

    Oct 26, 2021 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #127

    Everyone needs to relax about relegation. We’re currently 3 points away from being out of it and teams like Norwich, Burnley, Southampton, potentially Leeds, Watford and potentially Palace aren’t going to miraculously start winning game after game and pulling away from us. Even after our horrible run over Christmas, I don’t think we’ll be that many points adrift if we’re still in the bottom 3.

    We have been saying season after season that this squad is better than what Bruce is getting out of it. Nothing has changed in that respect. So a new manager coming in will get more out of these players and we’ll start getting points. We also have a January transfer window where i’m sure we will recruit smartly to ensure we have what we need to stay up.

    There’s so much of the season left, more than enough time for a new manager to turn things round, a transfer window with owners who will allows us to recruit where we need to and teams around us won’t magically pull miles away from us. Relax and let a new manager come in and work their magic.

  • catchy in norway

    Oct 26, 2021 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #128


    go and look at the clubs Rafa has managed, league wise i think there is only Valencia that he has left them in a better position, every other club he has left them worse off.

    im not including NUFC, i want to take my bias out of the equation. his record is taking clubs backwards

  • fatha1965

    Oct 26, 2021 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #129

    Sorry but I think the Rafa ship has sailed.
    Isn’t one of the favourite sayings in football “never go back”
    As much as I admired Rafa for his vision to rebuild from top to bottom I think it’s time to move on

  • peter5199 (Counter Coup)

    Oct 26, 2021 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #130

    Adamn… will you please stop this. I have to agree with you AGAIN!

  • Adamn_92

    Oct 26, 2021 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #131


    Sorry! I really love marmite, is that something we can disagree on?

  • peter5199 (Counter Coup)

    Oct 26, 2021 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #132


  • Adamn_92

    Oct 26, 2021 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #133

    Glad to be of service 🙂

  • lochinvar

    Oct 26, 2021 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #134

    Man Y are going to keep Ole for a little longer.
    Must be that they can no longer attract the calibre of mamager needed to be a top Premiership side.

    Times they are a changin’

  • lochinvar

    Oct 26, 2021 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #135

    Rafa days as Manager here have past.
    But as Director of Football with one of the more dynamic coaches we’re linked with, might be workable?

    Unlikely though.

  • peter5199 (Counter Coup)

    Oct 26, 2021 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #136

    Steve to Man U and OSG to solve our defensive problems.

  • peter5199 (Counter Coup)

    Oct 26, 2021 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #137

    hat could go wrong?

  • simon376

    Oct 26, 2021 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #138

    Only bringing him up again as being talked about, but if giving the chance, has to be Rafa back. Yes his football wasnt that good to watch, but he could only work with what he had and not much money giving to him once back in the premier league. As Raj says, he will show the owners how to build as they need a proper football man. Never know with a bit of cash as well, could get some exciting players in. And for all the people who dont like him or his way of playing, would you not give anything to be where Everton are now, have the players he signed for next to nothing as well?

  • SholaShow

    Oct 26, 2021 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #140

    The longer the manager appointment takes, the more time they’re giving for people to get entrenched in their positions as to who they prefer.

    If they’d have been ready to make a swift appointment days after the takeover, everybody would have been super positive about Favre, Rafa, Fonseca, even a Gerrard or Martinez.

    Now we’ve all had time to analyse and have our favourite we’re essentially just talking past each other.

    Whoever the new man is better achieve the safety we need this season, or this place and the atmosphere around the club will get ugly again with the blame game.

  • toon22

    Oct 26, 2021 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #141

    Let’s face it
    Coco the clowns an upgrade from what we had

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Oct 26, 2021 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #142

    McParland is a good guy to have around the club especially in the early stages if he is advising the owners then that can be a good thing as he knows how to do well in England

  • WLtoon

    Oct 26, 2021 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #143


    Just another point of view on RB

  • hibbit

    Oct 26, 2021 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #144

    catchy wasn’t Ole Gunnar Solskjaer another of your endorsed managers along with Steve Bruce and Steve McClaren,
    odd that them all having such a strong Man U links,

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Oct 26, 2021 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #145

    I only brought him up because we were discussing which manager we’d like to bring in. I don’t care what Everton fans think or catchy’s selective stats. I think he’d do a good job here in the short term.

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Oct 26, 2021 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #146

    To Shola’s point, I don’t have an entrenched opinion on who we have as the next manager, other than not wanting Gattuso. I want to look at the bigger picture and will be delighted that we will finally have a joined up vision of where we want to take the club, with every decision trying to do its bit to help us get there.

    Before, it just felt like we were papering over cracks to do the minimum to try and stay up. It’s a bit like the difference to just scraping by to pass the MOT on your car as opposed to having regular services, checking the oil/tyres yourself regularly and using premium fuel.

  • niafron

    Oct 26, 2021 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #147

    Hum… don’t see Gattuso on a long run indeed, but for this season with the specific task of avoiding relegation, could be a good idea.

  • peter5199 (back in charge)

    Oct 26, 2021 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #148

    no one will join for 1/2 a season unless ridiculous money. Personally, I don’t think we will spend much in Jan. Next manager in will be at least 2 years.unless he is useless

  • catchy in norway

    Oct 26, 2021 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #149


    I gave all the managers a chance when they signed.

    I don’t think Shteve had a bad record, he went to Holland and won the title with an average team beating Ajax and PSV. Isn’t that the equivalent of Rafa beating the 2 big clubs in Spain.
    OLS finished 2nd last year, so it’s not like these were no hopers.
    And for the record, I backed Rafa as I did with all the managers when they aign on the dotted line. It’s up to them to impress or fail.

    Also bar in mind that Pardew got us to fifth, with players bought for him.

  • catchy in norway

    Oct 26, 2021 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #150

    Jail my eyes are not selective, I think everyone was watching the same terrible football as I was.

    Selective is you allowing it to slide but then hang Bruce for the same type off football, where of he won it was Rafa’s tactics and Bruce ball when they loose.
    Very selective.

    Everton fans must love blaming there board and the eye brow for all the crap that’s going on there

  • fatha1965

    Oct 26, 2021 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #152

    Pin stickers guide.Take your pick folks

  • JP...from The Rock

    Oct 26, 2021 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #153
  • Mund

    Oct 26, 2021 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #154

    Will the Rafa debate ever end?

    Can’t each of you accept that someone has a different view and opinion and no matter what is said between each other in the debate it will never change.

    Anyone know the definition of insanity?

  • niafron

    Oct 26, 2021 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #155

    @peter5199 (back in charge)

    Yes, i know, the problem is everybody expect NUFC to recruit a top manager for the next 2 seasons, but none is availlable at the moment…

    How do you say “la quadrature du cecle” in english?

  • fatha1965

    Oct 26, 2021 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #156

    Totally agree,like I said that ship has sailed for the time being.
    No idea who the next gaffer will be but we have some exciting names in the mix for sure,just hope we can get one of them over the line

  • DrGloom

    Oct 26, 2021 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #157

    Yawn – bored of the rafa debate, we have moved on – Bruce spent 140 million improving Rafas squad to play front foot football and if anything the squad has declined

    Prefer Fonseca although I think we should probably get Favre in to stave off relegation

  • fatha1965

    Oct 26, 2021 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #158

    Squaring the circle.

  • Mund

    Oct 26, 2021 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #159

    Rafa….. irrelevant

    Bruce… irrelevant

    Ashley.. irrelevant

    The people who do matter are:

    Amanda Staveley and Mehrdad Ghodoussi

    Jamie Reuben with David and Simon Reuben.

    And the king of them all

    Yasir Al-Rumayyan.

    To many live in the past when we should be dreaming of the future and what’s to come.

  • fatha1965

    Oct 26, 2021 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #160

    Mund not Mind ffs


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