Just when you thought things couldn’t get more unbelievable at St James’ Park, the powers-that-be pull another rabbit out of the hat. Why Mike Ashley couldn’t give Sam Allardyce a fair crack of the whip is somewhat puzzling to this day, although after the surprise return of Kevin Keegan and then the baffling appointment of Joe Kinnear, the owner might be about to complete a hat-trick with someone who has flopped quite spectacularly during their managerial career.
The trusty source (!) that is the Metro carries a (fictional?) story linking none other than Bryan Robson with a move to Tyneside, something which would surely be to the dismay of the Toon Army. The free newspaper even have a quote from a Newcastle source, does that mean they asked someone with an NE post code to make it up for them?
Newcastle are lining up a move for former Manchester United and England captain Bryan Robson to help them escape the drop.
With current boss Joe Kinnear facing a heart bypass operation and unlikely to return anytime soon, owner Mike Ashley is considering approaching Robson, ex-boss at North-east neighbours Middlesbrough, to take temporary charge.
Without wishing to sound cruel about it, Robson has illustrated at Middlesbrough, West Brom and Sheffield United that he’s not cut out for football management. Perhaps he could do a job as a Newcastle assistant, but surely the St James’ Park board aren’t crazy enough to appoint him as Kinnear’s temporary replacement? Or are they?