Saudis & Staveley split over two managers as new ‘firm favourite’ emerges – The Telegraph

An intriguing yet slightly frustrating piece has emerged from The Telegraph’s Luke Edwards this afternoon.

He reports that it is now ‘likely’ Graeme Jones takes charge of our next THREE games against Palace, Chelsea and Brighton as the new owners on Tyneside are split on who they want to become the next Newcastle United manager.

The Telegraph state that Amanda Staveley is pushing for former Roma boss Paulo Fonseca after the 48-year-old ‘interviewed well.’

However, it’s believed PIF representatives are eager to appoint Frank Lampard – valuing his ‘big name’, pulling power (for ‘players and sponsors’) and Premier League experience following his spell in charge of Chelsea.

Edwards claims that he has featured ‘heavily’ in conversations ever since the takeover was completed and is interested in the job as he eyes a return to management.

As a result, he’s named as a ‘firm favourite’ to replace Steve Bruce by The Telegraph, with the piece suggesting that he’s likely to have held talks with the new owners over the last few days.

It’s also said there is a ‘preference’ among the consortium to give any new manager a short-term contract – something that may not suit candidates expecting to be part of a long-term project at St James’ Park.

So, Jones ‘likely’ to be in the dugout until the next international break and a surprise new ‘favourite’ for the job?

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18 thoughts on “Saudis & Staveley split over two managers as new ‘firm favourite’ emerges – The Telegraph

  1. Lampard, finished 4th in his first season with 10 Academy players making the side. He then spent £200 million and got sacked from Chelsea with them in 9th spot. Fell out with players and the Board. Sounds like a right drama and prima donna .
    Much rather have Fonseca.

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  2. Short term, possibly, contingency planning for relegation? Certainly would not want Lampard as a long term appointment. He would surely only see it as a stepping stone to his beloved Wet Spam

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  3. So the PIF representatives want Frank as they believe he’ll have more pulling power.
    The name Newcastle alone will make them richer than ever, even if they for go for Fonseca.

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  4. I wouldn’t go for Frank as I don’t see him as a top manager in the making. Think though that standing up to the board shows a strong character which we have barely witnessed in the last 14 years-sure doesn’t make him a drama queen. Fonseca for me.

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  5. why oh why do the pif people think lampard will make a good manager, he has had one job and got the sack not long after. I just don’t see how this story is true. ❓

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  6. When you have three consortium members wanting different managers then you are going to end up in LIMBO ,Which is what,s happening right now .Jones isn’t the answer he was signed by Mike ashley.Fonseca looks like a passionate person with a great sense of humour,and wants to play attacking football a d he’s exactly what Newcastle Need right now .It’s a shame that the owners of NUFC are so divided. It’s PAULO FONSECA for me Amanda .

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  7. ‘Knocking bet they don’t. The media stories – and sites like this repeating them – are complete bllx. Just all clickbait to make money from advertising.

    john+marshall:
    why oh why do the pif people think lampard will make a good manager, he has had one job and got the sack not long after. I just don’t see how this story is true.

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  8. john+marshall:
    he has had one job and got the sack not long after. I just don’t see how this story is true. ❓

    Apart from doing well at Derby. That aside I still don’t think he’s right. The academy players saw him as a legend and ran through brick walls for him. New blood not so keen and I’m not sure what influence he’d have over any existing Newcastle players

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  9. Ed:
    So the PIF representatives want Frank as they believe he’ll have more pulling power.
    The name Newcastle alone will make them richer than ever, even if they for go for Fonseca.

    I’m a Newcastle fan, but this is why some people think we are deluded, we are small fry in world football, our shirt sales are mainly in the NE we don’t hold clout that allows us to sign big name players, in recent times this has only been achieved by Robson a world renowned coach and Keegan who was a top top player.

    So the name alone actually gets us nothing so it is important we get a manager who is able to attract some names as money alone may not tempt players to Newcastle when up against London, Paris, Madrid etc !!

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  10. Not sure about any of the foreign managers,I do like prem experience in a manager, attacking style always suits us (fonseca)Lampard not the answer, would like to see how Jones gets on in the shot term before committing

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  11. David: I’m a Newcastle fan, but this is why some people think we are deluded, we are small fry in world football, our shirt sales are mainly in the NE we don’t hold clout that allows us to sign big name players, in recent times this has only been achieved by Robson a world renowned coach and Keegan who was a top top player.

    So the name alone actually gets us nothing so it is important we get a manager who is able to attract some names as money alone may not tempt players to Newcastle when up against London, Paris, Madrid etc !!

    Well that’s deluded for a start. We are up against Leeds, Burnley, Norwich, Wolverhampton etc in attracting some decent Premier League quality players. Once we have a squad that can actually avoid relegation, then let’s talk about competing with clubs from the big cities across Europe for “names”. Give us a player who can score ten goals a season to play alongside Wilson for starters. While the club has the very real chance of going down, no top quality player will risk their career in January. Whatever the money. Last time round we brought in five players including Shelvey. It still wasn’t enough. Ten years ago we also brought in five players including Nolan, wasn’t enough. It’s not big names that we need, but players who are reliable. January is a hard window anyway, but we can see that the other 19 will probably conspire to prevent Newcastle getting out of trouble. They will ask for silly money just to sign another Joelinton.

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  12. Ed:
    So the PIF representatives want Frank as they believe he’ll have more pulling power.
    The name Newcastle alone will make them richer than ever, even if they for go for Fonseca.

    That’s funny!

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  13. At Chelsea Lampard walked into an established team worth 700 million-ish and did just OK – and some think he’s a good manager because of it. This is know throughout the footballing world as “Benitez Sydrome”.
    There’s nothing about him to suggest that he can walk into a struggling Toon, get the selection of 3 or 4 players right in January, and get us up the table.

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  14. Ok for Lampard but get an experienced DoF with him Favre or the like would help and could be a magical team for us..

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