The question on all Newcastle fans’ minds, surely? The ex-moustached one compiled an impressive resume while at St. James’ Park by signing Michael Owen and…uh…didn’t he…uh…well…erm…
Anyway, the search for a successor goes on while odd couple Glenn Roeder and Alan Shearer have steered the side to two wins on the trot. A number of names have been thrown into the hat including Martin Jol (via incredibly dubious football website) and Martin O’Neill (though the England job is much more likely), but the latest and apparently most solid link is Ottmar Hitzfeld.
The former Bayern Munich coach, twice a Champions League winner and recent Please-Replace-Fergie candidate, has been out of football since being sacked 18 months ago but seemingly is ready to strike up talks as Freddie Shepard gets one last throw of the dice. The rumor mill across message boards has seen the German’s name bandied about even before Souness was axed, but now it seems the press is finally starting to get wind of it.
There are also other talented and available managers out there such as Paul Le Guen, who turned Lyon into a side that dominated Ligue 1 for years while also making strides in the Champions League. The frenchman is currently lined up for the vacant Rangers spot but may prefer a move to the Premiership. And we’re pretty sure David Pleat would love another shot at Premiership management…seriously.
But the question for now is, can Hitzfeld possibly do better than the legend that is Graeme Souness?
Ed: Thanks to Laurie Mills for a tip on www.hitzfeldforthetoon.com
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