Three things are certain in a Premier League season: A Mourinho meltdown, Liverpool fans insisting it’s their year, and Newcastle sacking managers. They are now on the verge of looking for their 12th manager in 11 years. Only two of those 12 have a worse win percentage than Steve McClaren.
We hear you Magpies fans. All you wanted after the car wreck that was John Carver was a bit of stability, you didn’t think it could’ve gotten any worse. And then it did.
Mike Ashley, a man notorious as having the patience of Kim Jong-Un in a red button factory, is finally losing his with the Wally with a brolly. A bizarre 6-2 win over Norwich was a brief stay of execution. Heavy defeat to Crystal Palace could be the last straw, and after humiliations by Sunderland and Man City, coupled with the stats it is only a matter of time before the gaffer was sent away to practice his accents.
But what’re the options now? So surely things can only look up for the Toon? How many times have we said that over the last few seasons? Here’s where the early money is going, and Brendan Rodgers is the frontrunner
One things for sure, if Newcastle want to stay up, the team will need plenty of character. And Brendan Rodgers claims that he has loads of it. After being found out as Liverpool manager once Luis Suarez switched his diet to tapas, the Northern Irishman is one of the frontrunners to take over. Leaving Liverpool when they were 10th in October, Rodgers’s aim would surely be to bring Newcastle to that position. Should he be appointed this week, his first game will be at home, to Liverpool. A mouth-watering prospect to say the least.
A cult hero in both Preston and the blue side of the Mersey, the stone faced Scot has been without a job after failing to grasp both the Spanish language, and some actual tactics at Real Sociedad. Although, he did beat Barcelona, which is the one thing Mike Ashley will focus on if he does make a knee jerk appointment. Ashley previously chased Moyes after the disastrous Carver reign, but (perhaps wisely), the ex-Everton boss said Adios. Now he’s unemployed, could ‘Moyesy’ soon be getting a phonecall from the iwner?
If there’s one thing Newcastle fans hate more than Black Cats, it’s arrogant Cockney’s. Which is why it would make perfect sense to see Tim Sherwood become the next in line to try and entertain Ashley and the Toon Army. The last manager to be sacked in the Premier League, Sherwood’s been idle for a month after leaving Aston Villa in peril. He’s possibly the most entertaining boss in the country behind Mourinho, he’s hard-hitting, and doesn’t hold back if his players aren’t doing well. Someone who would suit Ashley down to the ground, even if he doesn’t for the fans. But then again, when has Mike Ashley ever made a popular decision with Newcastle fans?!
The one that most Newcastle fans would love to see is Sean Dyche. Although relegated with Burnley at the end of last season, the 44-year old gained many plaudits including one from Alan Shearer, which can be both a good and a bad thing all things considering. He’s steered that same Burnley side to 5th in the Championship approaching the halfway stage, despite losing top goalscorer Danny Ings. No doubt Joey Barton will be whispering in his manager’s ear about life on Tyneside, the midfielder brought to Burnley last month.
Whoever is appointed hasn’t got the hardest act to follow. Almost £50,00,000 spent on transfers, one win in 15 games, dropping attendances, and a side dwindling on the edge of the relegation zone.