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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 2:43 PM

    Comment #161

    fatha1965

    Exactly mate.

    Been like this since Rafa left and it’s been exhausting

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  • Mund

    Oct 26, 2021 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #162

    All good mate 🙂 I understood

    1
  • niafron

    Oct 26, 2021 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #163

    @fatha1965

    Thank you mate!

    So miss Staveley got to square our circle!

    1
  • TheTinman

    Oct 26, 2021 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #164

    The Rafa stuff all started because of a Chronicle tweet that we are still interested in tempting him back. It wasn’t jail who brought it up and it is a topical comment of the day.

    Ron Knee

    Oct 26, 2021 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #82
    The Chronicle@ChronicleNUFC

    12m
    Report claims #NUFC have ‘not given up all hope’ of convincing Rafa Benitez to return

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  • fatha1965

    Oct 26, 2021 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #165

    Controversial post alert.
    People forget that Rafa left us on the 30th June and was installed at Dalian on the 2nd of July.Now that’s a quick appointment

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  • Mund

    Oct 26, 2021 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #166

    I’m not blaming anyone for bringing it up just that it got brought up again and whenever his name is mentioned this debate comes out the woodwork.

    For over 2 years it’s the same repetitive debate over and over and I don’t even think a week has gone by without the same old debate popping up.

    I don’t understand why each of us can’t accept that at times we all won’t agree with one another.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Oct 26, 2021 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #167

    Totally agree with Mund. Don’t get why some fans want to continually be at each other’s throats about Ashley letting Rafa go or whether the fans gave Bruce a chance. IT DOESN’T MATTER!

    It’s like starting to date a sexy new girlfriend and yet you still talk to your mates about is how rubbish your previous girlfriends were, except for that 1 who was fairly hot…move on!

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  • BenbulbenMag

    Oct 26, 2021 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #168

    Jail, you should know better than to feed the trolls ! They will only come back with more troll like observations and innuendo.

    Personally I don’t know myself anymore. I am not used to this kind of positivity being associated with Newcastle. Ashley had slowly ground it all out of me ( I like to think I am a naturally optimistic Glass almost always full kind of person).

    Long may it continue HWTL !!!

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  • hibbit

    Oct 26, 2021 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #169

    how would people think of Rafa as DoF ,

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  • niafron

    Oct 26, 2021 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #170

    One more week… start to be worrying.

    1
  • ToonDarnSarf

    Oct 26, 2021 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #171

    Frankly Rafa would be a bit of a dick if he left Everton to join us just because we have loadsamoney now. I’ll have more respect for him if he stays at Everton.

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