Newcastle United

Frank Rijkaard Coming to Toon?

Andrew BarrySenior Analyst ISeptember 11, 2008

So after one of the most turbulent weeks in Newcastle's history—which in itself is no mean feat—we find ourselves looking for a new manager yet again. Keegan is gone, but we've seen this before and despite the shoddy treatment of our "Messiah" we must get behind the lads and our new gaffer.

I for one hope that the new gaffer is Frank Rijkaard, as the Dutchman fits the role Newcastle are looking for in every department. He could deal with the Director of Football role, play attractive football, and attract quality players to Tyneside.

Newcastle are in turmoil but there is an excellent opportunity to emerge as a stronger team for it, perhaps I'm blindly optimistic but I don't see Keegan's departure as the end of the club. Sure, Mike Ashley is a clown and Dennis Wise is a midget, but the eleven that play for the shirt every Saturday are a good group of players.

With the proper manager, we could go places.

And I've already stated I believe Rijkaard is the man to pull Newcastle up by the boot laces into the upper echelons of the Premiership. Other well respected managers have thrown their hats into the ring; Didier Deschamps, Zico, and Fatih Terim all fancy their chances at St. James' Park.

Mike Ashley clearly doesn't want to dig deep but the least he can do for the fans is hire a world class manager, so when he sells up he's done at least one good thing for Newcastle.

I firmly believe that if any of Rijkaard, Deschamps and Terim (unconvinced on Zico...) take charge we can qualify for Europe. Our squad is full of quality but short on quantity. There are few teams outside the top four that can boast players the quality of Given, Coloccini, Beye, Taylor, Enrique, Duff, N'Zogbia, Butt, Guthrie, Jonas, Martins, Viduka and Owen.

Keegan has put a good foundation in place and can claim a slice of any credit that could be earned this season. However we must move on, protest against Ashley of course, but move on all the same.


Perhaps I'm blindly optimistic, but when you're a Newcastle fan it's the only way to live!

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