The Man Who Would Be King?
The world and his wife it seems, have developed an interest in who will become next Newcastle manager, if indeed we are to ever get rid of our current one.
Ex-players and pundits alike have thrown their oar into the daily burgeoning list.
Some you can strike immediately from the list and wonder why they were ever printed?
Ronald Koeman for example has barely warmed his managerial seat at Southampton. Why would he want to leave his position so soon and join a club in apparent chaos?
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Yet these rumour and others alike are printed every day, they do after all have to sell papers, but surely a story must have a grain of credibility?
Before the fallout at St Mary’s had been swept from the stands, Steve Bruce had been proclaimed successor. Some sources going even further to announce a ‘Geordie dream ticket’ with Alan Shearer as Bruce’s assistant.
However, many parts off this ‘dream ticket’ appear unlikely. Bruce, for similar reasons to Koeman and again the compensation factor, plus the likelihood of Shearer and Ashley ever working together again would be remote.
There is also another double act entering into the race, that of Tim Sherwood and Les Ferdinand. This may be a more realistic choice from Ashley’s perspective.
Would this also be a good appointment from the fans’ point of view?
The two relatively inexperienced but well thought of individuals, could hopefully offer us the style of football we want and command the respect of the dressing room.
Sherwood we are led to believe, is keen for a crack at a club with the tradition and fans at a club such as Newcastle United, despite Ashley’s restraints.
Sir Les would be welcomed back with open arms and the possibly of bringing back something of a feel good factor. More telling could be Ashley’s rumoured Spurs connection.
Surely the most ridiculous name to be thrown into the ring must be Coloccini?
The Telegraph has picked this up, pointing out that he manfully stepped into the breach and conducted the half time team talks during Pardew’s suspension.
However, is this beyond the realms of possibility for Ashley?
If it is indeed something he is considering, hopefully he read the article in The Guardian that countered the Telegraph, reminding us that Colo’s inspirational team talks never stopped the rot and led to 6 defeats in 7 games.
This aside it looks perfectly obvious that Coloccini will be off on the first plane home as soon as his contract is served, if not sooner, but Ashley most likely isn’t looking that far ahead.
What a delicious irony and opportunity for the press that the next game up is against Steve Bruce’s Hull City.
Not only is Bruce the man who would be king but he is also the man who rescued Ben Arfa from his Pardew induced nightmare.
With Ben Arfa now at Hull, Saturday’s game was always going to be a potential powder keg (despite Ben Arfa not able to play due to loan rules between PL clubs), but after last weekend’s hammering, St James’ could well become a cauldron of hate.
What might have been only intermittent chanting of Ben Arfa’s name, or a rousing one on say the 10 minute mark, will instead become a 90 minute barrage.
However, Ben Arfa is now the last of Pardew’s worries, Benny’s name will be the most pleasant phrase compared to the others that will be ringing in his ears come Saturday evening, regardless of how the result goes.
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