It’s far from clear as to whether Joe Kinnear will return to St James’ Park as manager this season, with the Magpies gaffer set to undergo a heart operation at the end of this week. While Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood take temporary charge of the first team, the word on the street is that Newcastle will bring in someone with a bit more experience, hopefully ensuring they stay in the Premier League.
The name in the frame is none other than Terry Venables, if the Daily Mail is to be believed. El Tel has coached or managed several teams throughout his career, although what probably appeals to Mike Ashley was the assistance he provided to Bryan Robson at Middlesbrough during the 2000/01 season, thus helping them avoid the drop.
Owner Mike Ashley has taken the view that the pair can handle the relegation battle unless the club fall into the bottom three, but with home games against Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Everton in the next month, that cannot be ruled out.
Ashley, who has returned to the club in recent weeks to take a more hands-on role, could again turn to former England boss Venables to guide the club away from trouble.
Venables turned down the job in September before Kinnear’s appointment.
While the former England coach will certainly come at a price, it’s worth a small fortune to preserve the far bigger one that Newcastle will receive for staying in the Premier League! Would Magpies fans like to see Venables appointed a la Hiddink, getting someone experienced in charge between now and the end of the season?