Like most players/managers who have never darkened our doors, I must admit that I didn’t know much about former Real Madrid player and manager Bernd Schuster.
I remembered him winning the European Championships with Germany and being a class player for the likes of Real Madrid, Cologne and Barcelona.
So when I saw that Bernd Schuster had supposedly had talks with Newcastle for the vacant manager/head coach role I thought it was a plausible and probably enticing choice.
An easy to write headline; ‘Real Madrid legend and German international to make Newcastle great again’. I know we’ve been there with Ruud Gullit before but Mr Schuster sounded a likely lad who’d be worth a try.
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Turns out that wor Bernd is a bit of a ‘character.
When only 24 and shortly after winning the European Championships, Bernd Schuster retired from international football after constant friction with national manager Jupp Derwall, many of his teammates including Paul Breitner, as well as the German FA.
As a player he won the La Liga with both Barca and Real Madrid but was often ion conflict with his managers, including Terry Venables. Nicknamed the ‘Blonde Angel’ (not sure if this was ironic…) Schuster’s wife also became his manager and added to the conflict he experienced as a player by often publicly criticising her husband’s club and international managers.
When it comes to his managerial career, it is safe to say that he doesn’t like to hang around too long in one place, having already had nine jobs;
Fortuna Cologne 1997/98
FC Cologne 1998/99
Xerez CD 2001/03
Shakhtar Donetsk 2003/04
Real Madrid 2007/08
Bernd Schuster has been sacked or resigned from job after job and experienced conflict at many of them, just as he did as a player.
In a 17 month spell at his old club he did win La Liga with Real Madrid but his time there was spent in constant conflict with the media, often walking out of press conference. After a defeat by Sevilla, Schuster declared there was no way Madrid could finish above Barcelona and instantly resigned.
On the pitch he experienced mixed fortunes as a manager, relegating Levante but then leading Getafe to their best ever season.
At Besiktas however he repeated his Real Madrid experience with constant conflict, especially with the media, and lasted less than a year.
Eight months ago the former Real Madrid man was once more unemployed, lasting less than a year again as Malaga dispensed with his services after ending up eleventh in La Liga – having finished sixth before his appointment.
Some reports claim that Newcastle United have now denied having had talks with Bernd Schuster.
Whatever the truth of that, if it is stability that the club are looking for then I don’t think the ‘Blonde Angel’ quite fits the bill.
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