Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Newcastle Job Latest

Deschamps now the name, as Houllier rules himself out

Newcastle's search for a new manager took a surprise turn last night, as Didier Deschamps became the new bookies' favourite to take over at St James' Park. It arose as a result of France Football running a story, saying Deschamps was contacted straight after Newcastle's 6-0 defeat to Manchester United. The magazine has reported Deschamps will meet with Newcastle directors to finalise an agreement, and consequently Deschamps odds dropped to as low as 2-1 from 80-1. Former Chelsea captain Deschamps was manager at Monaco and took them to a Champions League final in 2004 and has also been in charge at Juventus.

Earlier the Tyneside rumour mill was saying that former Liverpool, Lyon and France manager GĂ©rard Houllier had had discussions about taking over at Newcastle, with a partnership with Alan Shearer being mooted. However, Houllier now looks to be ruled out of the race, after FFF president Jean-Pierre Escalettes said Houllier had told him he wouldn't be going to Tyneside.

Shearer was asked about the Newcastle job when he arrived back on Tyneside from his holiday "Am I wanting it?" he replied. "One day, hopefully." Questioned further about the possibility of him linking up with Keegan, he said: "I haven't spoken to Kevin for a long time. We will have to see." (The Guardian)

Football Focus thinks Shearer has no chance of getting it now, as Ashley maybe a football romantic, having bought his own club, but he's also a hard-nosed businessman, who won't be risking it all on someone with no track record. It's Deschamps or Hughes we think.


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