From NUFC player to NUFC manager – Part 1.

Ketsbaia - Mad as a box of frogs!
A lot has been said this summer about the various possible players we could emerge with, the numerous formations which could be employed and more recently the question has been raised as to who or what exactly would be the perfect owner for Newcastle United.

In this series of articles though I’d like to broach the idea of the perfect manager, or at least find out who you guys would like to see as our boss.

Now I’m not talking about this season, and nor am I calling for Alan Pardew’s head before anyone goes off on one. This is all purely theoretical. Furthermore, this series will largely be focused on those players and managers who we already have a link with…namely ex players who are now pursuing a career in coaching. It would be easy enough to answer the title with “Jose Mourinho” for example and put it all to rest, but lets face it, it will be at least five years until we win the League and Mourinho decides to sign a ten year contract with us…

But in all seriousness I think its well worth looking at those individuals already emotionally connected with the club. It’s pretty clear that under the current regime we won’t be paying big bucks for managers, or making huge war chests available, and it will definitely be a while before we can do so again.

In such instances, we’ll just have to hope we can pull at the heartstrings of potential managers, assuming of course they are good enough. Anyway, whilst success is always the key factor (I’d take Dogleash back at the drop of a hat if we won something) there’s always something special you’re managed by one of your own. Sir Bobby anyone?



We all know that the revolving doors of managerial appointments and dismissals at Newcastle United are almost akin in regularity and speed to Barcelona’s “tiki-taka.” Unfortunately it never seems to bring the same level of success, but then again there’s never a dull moment eh?

Anyway, enough waffle and onto this series’ first prospective manager for the throne… Our first contender is one of my favourite Toon players of all time, and here’s a little clip to remind you all of him.

I think Dalglish made us all feel a little like that… Most of the time in fact!

Anyway, Temuri Ketsbaia might be a rather strange choice. He’s certainly not up in there in the pedigree of manager we’re used to, or rather “want” to see running the club. Still, he’s had some pretty remarkable success in the Cypriot League. Yeah I know, terrible league right? But still, he did pull off some very impressive Champions League results during his tenure. In fact, he made history by leading a Cypriot team into the group stages for the first time, and was pretty unlucky not to make it further.

Ketsbaia threw his hat in for the Newcastle job back in the embarrassing year of 2008 and has only ever had good things to say about the club and its supporters. He then proceeded to state that the club’s search for an interim manager would cause turmoil later on. Fortunately he was wrong, and the famous Newcastle United proceeded to successfully…uhh…get ourselves embarrassingly relegated.

Since then, Ketsbaia himself got himself hired and fired from Greek top dogs Olympiakos in 2009 after only three league games, none of which he lost. This is a side which despite its domestic success has had thirteen managers in as many years. These guys make the Toon look like the patient and understanding fans we undoubtedly are…

In all honesty, Ketsbaia’s tenure seemed doomed from the start, with the vast majority of the fans angry at him for the sacking of their popular previous manager Ernesto Valverde. Numerous times his “style of play” was alluded to as being overly negative, but three games is hardly time to judge. Besides, if the Greek league is anything like their national team then even Sam Allardyce might be too aggressive for them.

Having only seen clips of his tenure at both clubs I can’t accurately comment on his preferred playing style, but all fans seem to note his determination and charismatic ability. Unfortunately perhaps, Ketsbaia is currently managing the footballing powerhouse of his native Georgia, of whom I have seen absolutely nothing. Hopefully he can get himself a good job somewhere else on the continent where he can show what he can truly show what he has to offer.

It’s hard to see Ketsbaia returning to Newcastle as a manager in all honesty, but it’s by no means impossible. Time is still on his side, and he seems an individual who is passionate about a career in management. If he can prove himself in a few more leagues, perhaps he could be one for the future?

At least we know he could give our players a damn good kicking if necessary!

I’ll leave you with this clip of his time with us…and apologies for it including the same “celebration” at the start.

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58 thoughts on “From NUFC player to NUFC manager – Part 1.

  1. On Ketsbaia, it’s only watching that second video that I remembered how good he was. Top player and wish him all the best in his managerial career. You never know, one day…..

    Good read Newkie. Look forward to the next one 🙂

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  2. Hello lads..was out of town for a few days.Just got back and saw the news about the pitch invasion at Darlington.Very sad news…hope it doesnt affect the players in a bad. 🙁
    On a different note,do any of you have any links for the match highlights and goals?
    And any idea how the team played on the whole and what squad numbers the new lads including Benny was wearing?? 🙂

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  3. Yeh man, watching the goals – he was gooooood .. i work with a couple of Georgians and they love the fact that we love a Georgian .. they are a mental bunch!

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  4. Deepak – So so for our first game back. Ben Arfa came into it, Sammy took his goal well, Cabaye looked good, as did Abeid. Best should have scored. Not a bad workout really, just a shame about injuries to Ferguson and Guthrie.

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  5. Alright, I’m gonna have to pull the ignorant Yank card. Why did Ketsbaia freak out like that after scoring that one goal?

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  6. GEORIANS R F ******G MENTAL MATE THEY LIVE IN A BEAUTIFLUL COUNTRY AND EAT LOTS OF LAMB FRSH VEG AND DRINK LOCAL WINE BY THE BUCKETLOAD

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  7. For some reason I can’t get on the skysports site, but some guy on another blog is claiming that sky is reporting fee agreed with Swansea for routledge and Xisco’s agent claiming he’s off to Deportivo. Can anyone confirm?

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  8. DJG and Toonsy- Thanks a lot mates… 🙂
    Good to see Benny take the no 10..

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  9. And Toonsy I think Gosling was No 15 last year…Marveaux was wearing No 22 in the training photos I think… 😉

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  10. Alan Shearer fluffed his managerial audition.
    Would not want Stuart Pierce or Gary Speed to be our manager.
    Just keep on signing French lads and bring Wenger in as manager.

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  11. My top 3 managers who’ve played for the Toon:

    1. Lee Clarke
    2. Peter Beardsley (can work his way up)
    3. Timuri Ketsbaia (worth a shot!)

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  12. I’d settle down on Xisco leaving. Those agent words seem very loose to me, very open-ended. To top it off the report can’t even correctly quote the last time Xisco played for us 😆

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  13. Xisco may want to goto deportivo but do they want him – def not on 50k a week, fair play to him if he’s prepared to take a 30k a week wage drop but somehow I doubt it, more likely he expects toon to subsidise his wages to make up the shortfall

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  14. Toonsy I’m watching it.
    It’s a bit like the sixth sense – I see dead people own football clubs!!!!

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  15. oh and on the manager front, not sure about Clark, he had one if not the biggest budget in league 1, still only got to playoffs – def needs more time to gain experience. Beardsley has no chance of managing toon
    I’m prepared to give pards this season, now he’s formulated his own team and has a style he wants to play, can’t see many top managers wanting to come under Ashleys regime

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  16. This stuff on Channel 4…Makes you wonder what does go on behind the scenes. Barnsley’s owner is unknowen and Southampton’s is dead 😆

    Maybe Mike isnt as bad as we make him out to be!

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  17. Same toonsy, had a laugh when Sunderland and Bruce got mentioned a few times though. No surprise when Harry Redknapp’s name was in there….

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  18. I reckon we get Nolan in the next few years. He did a decent enough job of being player/manager the last two years…

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  19. Well embarrassed for that dude who was saying ferguson calls him his bro .. and Robson what a shambles

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  20. Nit much on Fergie though although its supposed to be a bad one.
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    Well I don’t like the sound of that 😯

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  21. 20 mins no post. It’s very slow on here tonight…

    Just joined Twitter. Just to see what the players have got to say… Can anybody tell me which genuine Nufc players are on there.

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  22. You get the blog toonsy hope it not to serious! Haha

    Nice blog newkie he ledge kets
    Have to say Lee Clark doing cracking job

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  23. 😀 just booked me tattoo , its gna be me 4 week old sons name jack then the toon crest then his d.o.b underneath 😀

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  24. we signed any1 dave? thought not 😆

    any1 seen the video on nufctv on the plane 😆 its quality!!!

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  25. I’ve just took Heathers daughter down the Strawbery beer cellar! See you later Heather! 😆

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  26. El Toro – Cheers man. I’ve got an article planned looking at our evolved style of play etc so those bids help emphasize the point a little that at least the basics are there for some good football this season 🙂

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