I’ve never been a massive fan of Newcastle United, ever since their era as premier league nearly men faded they have become a club moving from one crisis to the next. I’ve not really worried myself with their plight at all, just continued to be dumfounded by their yearly search for a new messiah.
I am a tiny bit worried now however as we appear to be talking Paul Lambert into the frame for their managers job. This following yesterday’s ridiculous sacking of Chris Hughton which sparked nationwide contempt, just as Newcastle appeared to be getting it right. This is the type of job that may be of interest Lambert, it’s in the north and therefore closer to his family, and it comes with large expectation from a powerful support base. The kind of challenge a man like Lambert will one day want.
With Hughton a glimmer of hope in a very dismal record of bosses for owner Mike Ashley, it seems very strange he would sack him without a plan in place. I don’t think this is Lambert, it seems more likely to be Martin Jol, or more strangely Alan Pardew. Personally I’d love to see him bring back the man who brought the toon army their last trophy before Hughton delivered the Football League Championship in the summer. 2006 Inter-toto cup winning manager Glenn Roeder, in a joint managerial role with Joe Kinnear. Return the toon to the top of the comedy clubs league Mr Ashley you know you want to.
This morning Lambert was shortest at Coral at 16/1, and as I type he’s just gone to around 70/1 at betfair. This proves nothing other than it seems to be more likely that Ashley will plump for Jol or Pardew, both of whom seem to have shown interest after the job has been touted around Europe whilst Hughton was still in charge, a practice that I’m sure wouldn’t impress Lambert.
Unless Ashley has someone in his office who really knows his football onions, which I don’t believe he does I can’t see Lambert being a realistic target. It is however only a matter of time before a suitable club does come knocking, then we should all be worried as genuine messiahs don’t come along every day.