Why has he not been approached ? One of the best managers in European football ! Fcuk premiership experience, need someone like this that is football obsessed and has unberleivable attention to detail .
Not sure why it didn't show. its a tweet from Nixon:
Newcastle United. Benitez wants Pepe Reina. Wants Ashley to fund it. Deffo threat that he walks if this is a bad window. Bit in paper.
Read an article about Benitez meticulously building a team with DNA and the trouble he goes to get the right people. He cites Pepe Reina as one of the most influential players at Liverpool. This just says to me he is staying put. He rang Newcastle for the job believe it or not. He's not coming here.
Sell Butland in this window for 50-60 million, buy Reina for Rafa and get him in 😉
I dont quite understand the MON bashing? Nor do i get the knicker wetting over QSF.
On paper, i would much rather have MON here vs QSF. Not saying he's necessarily my 1st choice but with the candidates available i think he is a very strong option. Look at what so called 'Dinosaur Roy Hodgson' has achieved since taking over Palace?
* Got Leicester into the PL on his 1st attempt. Then finished 9th, 10th, 10th and 8th between 97-00 * Won the League Cup with Leicester in 98 and 00. * Won the domestic treble at Celtic in his 1st season there. * Won the SPL in 2001, 2004 and 2005. * Got to Uefa Cup in 2003 with Celtic losing out to Jose Mourinho's Porto.. Their first final since 1970 * Joined Villa in 2006 and 11th, 6th, 6th, 6th between 06-10. * Got Villa into the League Cup final in 2010 * Joined Sunderland in 2011 and managed to get a dogs dinner of a club to 13th position before it all fell apart the following season. * Played the cards as dealt with the ROI squad, got them to Euro 2016 and beat Italy in the Group stages. Squad was clearly deteriorating and bang average for WC qualifiers and i think he can be forgiven for missing out in the playoffs?
Sure QSF has won the Uefa Cup and finished 3rd place in La Liga with Valencia (Rafa's CL and La Liga winning side). However he's never managed more than 2 seasons at any club and has history of leaving clubs citing personal reasons, 'friendly mutual consent' etc.
Curious to learn why some folk were getting so excited over QSF? Is it his exotic name and his well groomed beard? I don't follow...
I think, and I am massively generalising, the younger generation would prefer QSF and the older generation O’Neil (also seems to be the thinking at board level). QSF was the promise of fresh new ideas, money to spend during a long term project. A manager that has a decent managerial record and an energy and enthusiasm about him.
You could argue, certainly going back prior to his Sunderland days, O’Neil has a better managerial record on paper...but is close to 66, and doesn’t have the same energy and enthusiasm he once had - the Irish aren’t overly bothered if he leaves or not, and his work at Sunderland wasn’t great (his last premier league job).
I can totally understand more wanting QSF in, I suppose most fans would take O’Neil and Keane till the end of the season... but it’s catch 22, if he takes that, he looks like he is just in it for the money... 5 months to pick up a pay check even though he was 3rd choice and then continue on with ROI. If he takes a long term deal, he manages up until his 70th birthday which is a worry if fans are already doubting his abilitiy at 66. Whereas if he doesn’t take it and says F U to the club that didn’t deem him worthy of managing in the first instance - he walks away with respect but we don’t have a manager.
Terrible fuckin position to be in ... ANOTHER story from Nixon today about Rafa potentially walking from Newcastle... we should be going all out for him!
- 'Picked a team I thought would do the job' - 'Unlucky with some chances' - 'Did enough to at least get them back to our place' - 'Too many out of form' - 'Good lads and we'll stick together' - 'We know the situation we're in and we'll keep fighting' - 'Lots of quality to get us out of the situation we're in' - 'Players still to return'
You've forgotten "We are very disappointed, Nige"
I amended for you ....
-'Clearly we were unlucky with some chances' - 'Clearly we did enough to at least get them back to our place' - 'Clearly too many out of form' - 'Clearly good lads and we'll stick together' - We know the situation we're in Clearly and we'll keep fighting' - 'Clearly we have lots of quality to get us out of the situation we're clearly in' - 'Players still to return'.....clearly
The issue we have with Pulis is fans either love him or hate him. You won’t find a fan that says ‘am not fussed if he comes back’ it’s either ‘bring back the legend’ or ‘don’t let that anti football maniac near my club’.
Fans would be massively divided, not what we need in a relegation battle. Whereas even if a more inexperienced manager took over, like for example Rowett... at least through a united hatred of Hughes and a togetherness in fighting relegation the fans will get behind him.
Our first defeat under Pulis would have some fans chanting Pulis out...
Berahinos link up play in general is very good, nice touches yesterday and good movement between him and Shaq when he won the penalty against Saints. Should maybe consider him in a forward position other than striker.
First of all, I don’t think we have had back to back premiere league wins for over a year... second of all, if we did the impossible and got 6 points, we wouldn’t be in 9th place more likely 10th - 15th as other teams have to play.
If we’re throwing stuff like this about, if Swansea win on Monday and West Brom win today, we will be in the bottom 3 and just 1 point off the bottom of the table !!!
Irrespective of how the game starts we need to be with them for 90mins....this could make or break us...
All I’m saying is , in one of the biggest games in our recent history, with the majority of fans wanting the manager out and waiting for any (more) excuses to fcuk him off... go a goal down in 5 minutes and don’t expect Delilah to be ringing around the ground.
If the manager is even remotely competent he will have the players starting this game fired up and eager to please
Apologies for not reading the whole thread but on the couple of farcical posts I’ve seen, people need to get a grip..
Saido has not been given a proper chance and him up top with Crouch makes total sense...
Hughes was stupid to play him as long as he did last season when he clearly wasn’t fit or ready.
Now he actually has a pre season under his belt, he doesn’t get a game... if anyone wants to say, that because he is shite when he plays, I would like them to tell me the total minutes he has played his season...makes the goal for Jese against arsenal and wins the penalty against Southampton, should he have taken it probably not, his career record with pens isn’t great but fuck me, that’s 2 games this season where he has made something happen in, wait for it ... 2 league starts.....
Give him the next 4 games from the start... taking us up to the new year.. if he doesn’t nothing , cut our losses then .
Have you seen the Roller Arnie used to turn up in on matchdays.Matt black top of the range toy. Says it all really arrogant thick insensitive twat. Weeks before he left he was called a hero for giving a kid his boots, some folk have a different idea of heroism to me. Hope we give him shit and more importantly get behind our own team massively tomorrow.