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Next Newcastle United manager coverage – This perfectly sums up the madness

4 weeks ago

We still await the identity of who will be the next Newcastle United manager.

Three weeks ago Mike Ashley departed, as new NUFC owners were handed the keys to St James Park.

Steve Bruce then belatedly sacked after being allowed a 1,000th game in management and yet another defeat, given his marching orders (and a reported £8m in compensation, due to the contract Mike Ashley had awarded him).

Fair to say that three weeks into the new ownership era, pretty much every Newcastle fan expected there to have been a new manager announced.

However, as things stand, Graeme Jones was told he’d be taking charge of two matches as interim manager, with Chelsea at home the second and final of those two games on Saturday.

What happens after that is the 64 dollar question and I think we are all desperately looking forward to the appointment of this next Newcastle United manager, as it will be an essential step (hopefully forward!) in this club attempting to move on.

The media coverage of the search for the next Newcastle United manager has been pretty appalling, indeed, the coverage of Newcastle United overall these past three weeks has been totally embarrassing on purely football matters (ignoring all the non-football stuff, the politics, for a moment).

So many journalists, newspapers, other media, absolutely making stuff up, on a staggeringly massive basis. All of it in a desperate attempt to get attention, get click, get cash.

The coverage of NUFC player recruitment has been even worse than the manager coverage and the local media in particular should be absolutely ashamed of their part in it. So there is no Newcastle United manager or Director of Football appointed and the transfer window doesn’t open until over two months time, yet on a pretty much daily basis the local media are listing players that Newcastle are supposedly interested in. Honestly, until a manager is in the job, is there a single one of you who believes that any of these transfer stories are true? How can any player be sure to be a definite target for Newcastle United, without any input from whoever the new manager is going to be?

Anyway, as for the next Newcastle United manager coverage, this perfectly sums up the madness.

This character has appeared a few times on my Twitter timeline as he tries to profit (along with a cast of thousands of others in the media!) from the situation at Newcastle United.

Alfonso Leocadio describes himself on Twitter as a: ‘Specialist in the transfer market. Freelance Portuguese Journalist’ and he has precisely 4,936 followers on Twitter (as of 9.30am this Thursday 28 October 2021 morning).

Alfonso has given this insider specialist update:

‘Rafa Benitez HAS been contacted as the possible new Newcastle United manager.

3-4 other European names are on Newcastles list including:

Paulo Fonseca (all agreed )

Lucien Favre

Erik ten hag

Decision WILL be this week.’

Honestly, so is there a single person who believes that Alfonso knows absolutely anything about who is going to be the next Newcastle United manager? That is anything that he hasn’t read elsewhere on Twitter!!!

So, we are expected to believe that this random chancer has insider knowledge that Rafa has been contacted by NUFC and that somehow he also has insider knowledge with regards to the new Newcastle United owners, knowing for sure that they will be making a decision this week?

As I say, he is far from alone and arguably the hundred / thousands of people working in the media in the UK are even more shameless, when it comes to those who have made so much nonsense up about the search for the next Newcastle United manager.


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