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Could Potter wave magic wand as new Newcastle United manager?

4 weeks ago
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I’ve seen them all. Richard Dinnis, Bill McGarry, Joe Kinnear, Steve McClaren … so frankly anyone from the current new Newcastle United manager long list would do me fine.

Dick Emery would be good (ED: For younger fans – with the Dick (Unai) Emery references, you should ask your dad / grandad).

It isn’t generally known but his catchphrase – ‘ooh, you are awful’ – was coined at St James Park one wet Wednesday night in 1976 when the he saw Graeme Oates come on as sub in the 83rd minute and give away two goals in quick succession against Sheff Wed.

Who would I go for?

My first choice would be Rafa but I doubt that’s even a possibility. We can perhaps hope that Everton go on a disastrous run and he gets sacked. If you were – perish the thought – very cynical, you might even suggest that Rafa might pick Rondon and Tom Davies every week from now on, in order to ensure a few hammerings and the inevitable dismissal.

Then he could come back to us with a clear conscience (“I’ve never broken a contract”) and a few million quid compensation.

Second choice?

Quite possibly Nuno, whose record at Spurs makes him one of the unluckiest managers to be sacked in recent years.

He would be OK – recent premier league experience, a defensive mindset (we need to stop conceding goals) but a record of developing skilful attacking players – as long as they’re Portuguese. We could do worse. And he has a really excellent beard. I don’t think we have ever had a bearded manager before – maybe that’s where we’ve gone wrong.

Can someone tell me – what exactly has Fonseca done? He might be a great manager but his record doesn’t exactly blow you away. Terry, Lampard … no, no, please!

Martinez?

I have a feeling that he is the one, although not necessarily that special. How else could Graeme Jones have been told he was staying regardless of who came in? Surely no manager of the calibre we are supposedly considering would accept being told who his senior coach/assistant would be? Unless, of course, it was Martinez who has worked with Jones several times in the past.

A left field appointment as the next Newcastle United manager?

Harry Potter of Brighton. Especially if he brought with him Trossard and that little wing back (ED: Tariq Lamptey) who took us apart last year at St James. It’s often said that you can’t wave a magic wand. Harry could. Sign him on.

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