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Top 10 Contenders to Become Next Newcastle Manager

newcastle united Top 10 Contenders to Become Next Newcastle ManagerWith Harry Redknapp turning down the opportunity to move from Portsmouth to Tyneside, Newcastle Football Club now find themselves in serious trouble with very few other suitable candidates to replace Sam Allardyce. And the clock is ticking to find someone quickly so players can be shipped in and out before the transfer window closes.

Whoever the manager will be, everyone will know he’ll be second choice, so the cards are stacked against him before a ball is kicked.

If they’re seeking a British manager, the choices are few due to the plight of the quality managers available. Of course, other managers that would usually be mentioned to be in the running for an open managerial position but can’t be included because Newcastle have already been-there, done-that are Kevin Keegan, Graeme Souness, Kenny Dalglish and Glenn Roeder.

However, Newcastle could try to convince another manager who is already managing an English club to move to Newcastle.

Here are the top 10 likely contenders to become the next Newcastle United manager (ranked in order of most to least likely):

  1. Alan Shearer
  2. Mark Hughes
  3. Martin Jol
  4. Martin O’Neill
  5. Steve McClaren
  6. Steve Coppell
  7. Neil Warnock
  8. Glenn Hoddle
  9. Chris Coleman
  10. Tony Mowbray

It has to be said that Newcastle United’s board made a massive error in sacking Sam Allardyce at this stage of the season. They obviously thought they’d be able to convince Harry Redknapp to join the Toon for reportedly twice the salary he was making at Portsmouth. But now that plan has failed, Newcastle find themselves in a urgent race against time.

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35 Responses to Top 10 Contenders to Become Next Newcastle Manager

  1. Freddie Shepherd says:

    Glad to see Mike Ashley has taken a tip or two from me…

  2. Michael says:

    Numbers 2, 3, 4, 6, and probably 9 won’t be going to Newcastle.

    In other words, that leaves a group of washed up, useless managers and the inexperienced Alan Shearer.

  3. Adam says:

    Sorry, but what complete and utter rubbish this story is!

    a) 4, 7, 8, 9 and 10 are ludicrous and very unlikely – apart from ’4′ I certainly hope so anyway!

    b) it’s doubtful that Shearer is most likely

    c) just because whoever we go for is “2nd choice” it doesn’t mean that he isn’t likely to be successful

    Add Hiddink, Houllier, Keegan and the like as greater possibles than some of those you’ve mentioned and perhaps Mourinho as a very outside contender (though I’m not sure if that miracle happened he would necesasrily be the right choice, without millions to spend etc)

  4. Adam says:

    p.s – much better even than to have Pearson see out the season than some of those names you’ve mentioned there!

  5. Griff says:

    martin oneil will never leave Villa his wife is ill and settled.

  6. GATUSO says:

    WE Need Mourinho
    HE IS THE BEAST

  7. StevieA says:

    That list is rubbish I am sorry but that is not even close!

    Believe me Jose Mourinho will be on the shortlist. As well as Hiddink and Scolari too.

    Newcastle wouldn’t entertain most of those names especially the likes of Mclaren and Warnock. Do me a favour!

  8. Archie says:

    Nice one “Anonymous” I can see why you didnt sign your name.

    So everyone on the list is English?

    And how do you decide if they have ambition or not?

    It’s no wonder we have a bad rep as fans.

  9. Hugo says:

    I actually think there are a few decent candidates for the Newcastle job, if they want to go British. The problem is, they’d all be risky. The first is in this list – Steve Coppell. But I don’t think it’s too likely. Then there’s Paul Ince, who I think could do an excellent job (if instant success was not demanded). What about Aidy Boothroyd? Also, Neil Warnock won’t happen but he is doing a fantastic job at Palace.

    However, to be honest I expect a foreign appointment, since none of these candidates are “high-profile” enough. David Ginola for manager? :-)

  10. Hugo says:

    Also, makes you pity Paul Jewell at Derby. He could’ve been a good shout.

  11. chuck says:

    It seems the toon faithfull are unanimous in their choice of former Chelsea man Jose M. Who knows he may accept ?and what about big Phil Scolari? both proven winners.
    As far as homegrown managers possibly M. O`N. ,or Hughes, if none of the above are available, what about Shearer backed by Sir Bobby as an adviser.

  12. Kent says:

    Good thing Big Sam is gone. Man…Newcastle really showed up today. Being able to recover and beat ManU 5-0 was quite a feat. Wait…oh God…jeez…0-6? Now that’s a “big club.”

  13. Craig says:

    That list is ridiculous.

  14. shearer 4 pm says:

    that list has got 2 be the worst list ive eva seen`
    Alan Shearer – turned it down
    Mark Hughes – neva gonna happen waitin for man u
    Martin Jol – only sensible name on the list
    Martin O’Neill – not gonna happen seems perfectly happy at villa and rejected toon last year
    Steve McClaren – no thanks, absolute shite
    Steve Coppell – neva gonna happen
    Neil Warnock – if any of these 4 happen ill cut off me left ear
    Glenn Hoddle
    Chris Coleman
    Tony Mowbray

    id go 4 a good club manager, guus hiddink or jose mourinho i know there very long shots but we have got to try and get some decent stability at the club, shud of stuck with big sam but…….

    my top 5 list in order of want not realism
    mourinho
    hiddink
    lippi
    hitzfeld
    and possibly dunga – new name very good coach 4 brazil and may be interested in club management,

  15. wanderer_abroad says:

    I personally feel Hoddle deserves another shot at a Premiership job. I rate him fairly highly. He did an excellent job at Southampton but something tells me the Toon Army won’t be too happy if he was appointed.

  16. MY TOON says:

    RIGHT my TOP 5…..
    1. mourinho
    2. hitzfeld
    3. lippi
    4. Keegan
    5. hiddink

    All of whom could have Shearer as an assistant, to help get him into the swing of management!!

    Of the list on this web site, I am absolutely appauled at the names on it!! ABSOLUTELY dissappointed at the names being linked to us for the vacant managers job. We are the laughing stock of football, as we offered it to Redknapp!!??!! WHY??? We are considering Jol, McClaren, and the rest (other than Big Al – but not ready yet!!) are hopeless, and O’neil we offered it to him a year or so ago, he turned us down! WHY DO WE OFFER IT AGAIN TO A BLOKE WHO TURNED US DOWN??!!

    As for players, why do we chase players that turn us down also, if they turn us down once they are not going to give us there 100% commitment are they!?!?

    The manager of nufc should be a Mourinho or a Hitzfeld!!!!!!!!!!

  17. MY TOON says:

    IF YOU HAVE TOO, TAKE YOUR TIME! Let’s get it right this time!!!!

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE

    and NO McClaren, jol etc

  18. pork romeo says:

    One point regarding sam’s departure: i dont think he was sacked, i think he left. frankly, i think he was starting to crack up at toon. his formations were mad, he said things to the press that were fantasy, his enterage of sports philosophers was beyond normal… so I dont think the board sacked him, i think he was clearly on the brink of a crack up, his world and reality were just not jiving…

    as for the next manager, fresh start, no like for like… harry is just the south coast version of sam… hope the board takes its time and gets the right man, personally, i dont jose is beyond belief, the man likes a project, the toon is, if nothing else, a project..

  19. MY TOON says:

    ONE THING THAT GETS ME CHEESED OFF, IS THAT SAM IS THE 8TH MANAGER THIS SEASON TO GET THE SACK!!! FACT OK!!!
    BUT IT IS ONLY NOW ONCE SAM HAS BEEN SACKED THAT ALL THE OTHER MANAGERS AND MEDIA COME OUT WHINGING AND COMPLAINING THAT IT IS WRONG THAT WE SACK MANAGERS WILLY NILLY. WELL IF YOU DON’T PERFORM TO THE BEST OF YOUR ABILITY AT YOUR PLACE OF WORK YOU GET SACKED, CORRECT!?!? AND IT IS ONLY THAT IT IS NEWCASTLE THAT PEOPLE (MANAGERS AND MEDIA ALIKE) START THE ROLLER COASTER OF SHAME ON YOU. PERSONALLY IF EVERYONE GETS OFF EACH OTHERS BACKS WE WILL ALL BE FINE!!!!

    OH, AND ONCE NEWCASTLE BRING IN MOURINHO OR HITZFELD, AND GIVE HIM A BLANK CHEQUE IN WHICH TO SIGN PLAYERS, THEN YOU’LL ALL BE EATING YOUR OWN WORDS! WOULD YOU KEEP A MANAGER THAT WAS NOT YOUR CHOICE, THAT CAN NOT GET THE PLAYERS LINKING UP AND PLAYER WELL TOGETHER, OR HAS NO COMMON SENSE IN REGARDS TO WHERE A PLAYERS BEST STRENGHTS ARE (N’ZOGBIA AT LEFT BACK FOR SAM, AND HE IS CLEARLY A LEFT SIDED WINGER) PLEASE WAKE UP EVERYONE AND SMELL THE COFFE, MIKE ASHLEY AND NEWCASTLE UNITED JUST DONE WHAT WAS NECESSARY AT THIS POINT IN TIME!!! LAY OFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    HOWAY THE LADS!!!! BETTER TIMES AHEAD UNDER MOURINHO OR HITZFELD!!!!!

  20. Benoz says:

    My 1st choice is Mourinho and I think he would sign given a chance. We have the money to spend, the basis of a squad and to take us to a premiership would have him remembered forever as a legend.

    @nd choice definately Hiddink, after what he did with Australia he has my eternal respect (bear in mind as and international coach you can only make do with what you have, there are no transfers)

  21. Witnit says:

    What an appalling list…..we’re b*ggered if we get any on that list (except M O’Neill who won’t come anyway)!

    Shearer’s not ready and i doubt he would put his precious reputation on the line.

    Not convinced by Martin Jol either and his unhealthly fascination of buying poor midfielders for extortionate prices..

    The rest are sh1t!

  22. NUFC says:

    My Toon, couldn’t agree with you more. In the course of the Premiership we have had 7 Managers, Chelsea have had 7, Spurs have had 8, England have had 7. Did you here the London press saying England needed stability, and MacClaren had only been given 15 months which is too short?

  23. ADAM says:

    jose mourinioh is the man for the job

  24. Morten says:

    KEEGAN and SHEARER. Thats the only way,

  25. allan says:

    f*ck knows i would love jose cos he is clever and takes the pressure off the players cos of the things he says and the man for the job but jose will not come

    im 16 and i can see that i love big al but hes will not have a clue legend tho

  26. Irish-Toon says:

    Why not go for a young manager, someone like Johnson from Bristol, Martinez at Swansea or Paul Ince

  27. Owen says:

    Who came up with that shit list ???

    Allardyce had to go, shit manager who was a one trick pony. Getting decent results with below average players.

    He was never suited to the toon.

    Didn’t knopw what to do with above average players.

    He was tactically hopeless.

    Good on Mike Ashley. Now he has to step up and appoint a great manager.

    Hitzfeld, Jose, Van Gaal, Shearer.

    I’ll put Shearer there because the likes of Klinsman, Rykaard, Koeman, Hughes all went straight in at fairly high profile jobs.

    Then again there is Brian Robson, Southgate, Ardilles, etc….

  28. oba martins says:

    Van Gaal. The best man for the job. 4get Hughes. He is just so the rong man 4 da job.

  29. toon says:

    BIG SAM WOZ THE MAN HE WOULD OF GOT US SOMETHING HE ASKED FOR 5 YEARS BUT NEWCASTLE CNT KEEP NO1 4 MORE THAN 5 SECONDS WE HAVE 2 ACCEPT WERE NOT A BIG CLUB ANYMORE WE NEED A MANAGER WHO CAN BUILD A TEAM AND YOU CANY DO THAT IN 8 MONTH AND THAT LIST UP THERE IS UTTER SHIT MOURINIHO WOULD COME IF SIR BOBBY CME BK AS ASSISTANT!!!

  30. Exiled_Geordie says:

    the list creator is obviously a Mackem and is taking the piss. Ashley is a genious and will pull us out of this mess. What pisses me off the most is managers say they need 5 years? Sven took 5 weeks and Man City are on fire and people wating for the bubble to burst, it wont!
    I hate the media all southern London club supporters. Spurs have had more managers than us in the last 15 years but they get no criticism for no stability.
    And too everyone saying we are no longer a big club, bollox, we are one of the few clubs who would fill wembley with no problems, everyone is interested in Newcastle United, there wasnt as much media coverage when chelsea sacked Mourinho nor was there with Spurs.

    Louis Van Gaal for manager with backups
    Hiddink,
    Rijkaard (surely barca will sack him)
    Mourinho
    Hitzfeld

    If anyone on that list gets it i will cut off my left testacle.

  31. Exiled_Geordie says:

    oh and also, allardyce should of gone earlier, he was worse than souness and roeder.
    Everyone points to his success at bolton, what success? he did nothing, never broke into the top 6, nor get anywhere near the fa cup.
    Did get to the carling cup final but if the smoggies also got there, that shows how shit the tournament was that year!

  32. liverpool says:

    newcastle are shite

  33. big_geordie says:

    houllier is the man4 job

  34. baz temple says:

    deschamps

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