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Sunday, September 21, 2008

Newcastle rejected by eight managers

It has emerged that at least eight managers have rejected the chance to become Newcastle United's new gaffer.
Newcastle have had no luck finding a new owner after Mike Ashley went to the Middle East to search for one.
And now finding a new manager is proving just as difficult.The bosses – from home and abroad – believe succeeding Kevin Keegan is mission impossible. They will be tainted in the eyes of Geordie fans as Ashley’s stooge appointment.And it was another humiliating day for struggling Newcastle as they were thrashed 3-1 by West Ham at Upton Park.Newcastle ended a nightmare week with a sorry defeat that left them in the bottom three of the Premier League.Put up for sale by controversial owner Mike Ashley, the Toon subsided meekly to a West Ham side led into action for the first time by Gianfranco Zola.And the travelling Toon Army had to endure home fans’ chants of: “There’s only one Mike Ashley.”Caretaker Newcastle boss Chris Hughton could only hope for better in the midweek Carling Cup tie against Tottenham at St James’ Park.Hughton said: “It was always a massive game because it is important for a big club like ours to stay in the cup competitions for as long as ispossible. A win is the best way to lift morale.”Hughton insists the players prepare as they always do and that he has not considered the prospect of taking the job at the crisis-ridden club on a permanent basis.“All my thoughts are getting the team ready and preparing them for the next game. All I think about after the game is whether there is anything I could have done better as a coach.”Hughton admitted that the sooner the uncertainty at Newcastle is resolved, the better. The furore surrounding the departure of Kevin Keegan and the decision by owner Ashley to sell up has clearly had an affect.“The sooner it all gets sorted out the better,” said Hughton. “That has been the case from day one. All we can do in the meantime is our best.”Hughton was at least heartened by the response of his team to going three goals down against a West Ham team rejuvenated by the arrival of Zola.“We were unlucky with the first goal because there were two deflections,” he said. “The last thing you want to happen is to concede an early goal against what we knew would be an offensive side.“Then we let in a second and the third early in the second half. But we showed spirit to come back and now all we can do is prepare the players for the next game.”


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