Ossie Ardilles would love Newcastle United return

ossie ardilles
ossie ardilles

Ossie Ardilles has revealed that he would love the opportunity to manage Newcastle United again, although the clubs memories of his stint in charge of the club in 1991/2 when they slid down the old second division may note bode well for the Argentinian.

Ardilles was finally relieved of his duties during that spell when he was replaced by fans favourite Kevin Keegan. But the popular Argentinian who is looking for a managerial post, says that if he was offered the job he would be delighted, adding that it was unlikely to happen.

“I think whoever comes in will be looking for some other people, probably Alan Shearer because he is loved up there.” said Ardilles, but warned that the sale of the club must be sorted out soon if Newcastle United are to avoid falling into further turmoil.

“The chairman is trying to sell the club and the squad was pretty slim last season and it’s even more slim now so they are in big danger. They need to sort out the political situation at the club. A chairman needs to come in and say this person is the Newcastle manager and take it from there. Mike Ashley needs to be decisive because at the moment the club is not stable and stability is the main thing that Newcastle needs right now.”

The Argentinian World Cup winner says that he will return to management as soon as possible and hopes for a return to England. He says that there are a few options on the horizon, although the current offers are from teams abroad and his first choice would be to manage an English team.

His last job as manager was at the  Paraguayan club Cerro Porteño. His appointment lasted from May to August of 2008 when he was sacked following a string of poor results.

Championship round up

At last the action got under way in the Championship on Saturday, resulting in just four of the 24 clubs recording a win and an incredible 8 games ending in draws.

Coventry were eventual winners against Roy Keane’s Ipswich Town, with all three goals in the game coming within the first 30 minutes as the match promised a goal fest. Neither side could add to the 2-1 scoreline. Keane admitting after the game that he still has a lot to learn in football management and that one thing he will avoid is being too impatient.

Cardiff were the biggest scorers of the day with a comfortable 4-0 against Scunthorpe with Chopra scoring two,while Derby County led Peterborough from a fourth minute goal, only to see Borough get an equaliser from the penalty spot with six minutes to go. Nigel Clough ended the day celebrating as Derby snatched the winner in the 87th minute.

Leicester City were the only other winners in the league with a 2-1 against Swansea. The Swans had taken an early lead, but two Leicester goals in three minutes in the second half gave the English team the points.

Nottingham Forest were the first side to have a player sent off, when Chambers was shown red with only a couple of minutes left on the clock in their 0-0 with Reading. Chambers was shown his second yellow following an incident off the ball.

Premiership relegated teams Newcastle and West Brom cancelled each other out in a fiercely fought battle, Martis scrambling West Brom ahead but having his goal cancelled out from a strike by Duff.

Middlesbrough fought out a tough defensive battle against Sheffield United, neither team able to offer a goal in the Friday night bore draw.

Profitable Group withdraws Newcastle United offer

st james' park
st james' park

The Singapore based  Profitable Group led by former footballer Steve McMahon have withdrawn their offer to buy Newcastle United according to latest reports.

The Profitable Group had been one of the leading contenders to purchase the club and the withdrawal will be another big blow to owner Mike Ashley, who appears desperate to put an end to this chapter in his life.

Last week McMahon had suggested that time was running out for the consortium in their effort to buy the club. Unconfirmed reports suggest that the group was unable to show proof of funding of £100million needed to purchase the Newcastle United.

It seems very unlikely that the Magpies will find a buyer before the start of the new season, leaving the club in total disarray and the future of Alan Shearer and the playing staff unsecured.

John Madejski complains of ridiculous footballers wages

John Madejski complains of ridiculous footballers wages
John Madejski complains of ridiculous footballers wages

Self-made millionaire and Reading chairman John Madejski has once again stated his disproval of players wages. He told BBC Radio Berkshire they were “obscene in the extreme”.

He is adamant not to pay over-inflated wages to attract new signings to the club, in the quest to seek automatic promotion back to the Premier League.

Adding a certain balance to his bold statement, he went on to say:

“I’m pleased they get good salaries – that’s only right – but it’s gone off the Richter scale.”

I visited the Madejski Stadium before Reading were promoted to the Premier League and was impressed with the staduim. Alot of work and money has been pumped into the club and much of their financial stabilty has been put in place by John Madejski’s calm and resonable financial judgement.

Madejski explained the difference between the Premiership and being a Championship football uk team is a £22m deficit and Reading now face the problem of retaining a large squad of players.

He said Reading have tried to do what they can with a solid business model, but even selling a whopping 14,000 season tickets is not as fantastic as it seems, compared to last season.

In these times of outrageous footballer wages, television money and foreign billionaires using English football as a play thing, I like John Madejski’s honest and sensible approach to running a football team with a good manager that plays exciting football.

John Madejski has commercial interests in property, media, hotels, restaurants, publishing and football. According to The Sunday Times Rich List 2007 he is in the top 200 wealthiest people in the UK with a net worth in the region of £400 million.

Championship fixtures are released for 2008/09 Season

The 2008/2009 Championship fixtures have been published and the opening day (Saturday 9th August) looks set to produces some interesting encounters. There are many teams that fancy their chances of a successful season and they will all be looking to get off to a good start.

The two most intriguing games for me see newly promoted sides come up against recently relegated sides. Steve Coppell’s Reading certainly have a tough start – they travel to the City Ground to face Colin Calderwood’s Nottingham Forest, who despite only just being promoted will harbour ambitions of a play-off place come the end of the season. I can see Forest winning this one. Momentum plays a big part in football and Reading have nothing of the sort. Home advantage will also work in Forest’s favour, meaning I think they will emerge victorious.

After their horrific Premiership campaign, Paul Jewell’s Derby County come up against League One play-off winners Doncaster Rovers at Pride Park. A good start is crucial for Derby. They have to get back to winning ways quickly and they have been presented with an ideal opportunity to do just that. Many would say this is a ‘home banker’ but if Doncaster manage to score first – it will be panic time for Jewell’s men and that all to familiar losing feeling will come flooding back. I’m going to back them to get three points in the season curtain raiser though – just.

Other stand out games include Birmingham v Sheffield United and Crystal Palace v Watford. Like I have said before though, every game in this league is far from predictable and Blackpool v Bristol City is just as likely to be the outstanding match from the opening weekend as any other. That’s the beauty of this mental league!

Looking at Championship football betting, let’s consider who I think will be promoted / relegated next season. It’s tough to call as we know, but my predictions at this stage would be:

1st Birmingham
2nd Derby
Play-off winners: QPR

22nd Burnley
23rd Doncaster
24th Southampton

This could be reversed come the end of the season though, who knows. I just feel that Birmingham and Derby have strong enough squads and financial backing to bounce straight back up. Ian Dowie’s Queens Park Rangers are the mega-rich side of the league and are building a decent squad. The money they are set to spend has to give them a chance of promotion.

As for the three relegated teams, Burnley have punched above their wait for far too long. Think they will struggle this time around. Then there is Doncaster – I never fancy the play-off winners to stay up and think this along with their inexperience at this level will cost them. Finally, I have gone for Southampton. They are in a financial mess, have players out of contract and have employed a manager who doesn’t know English football at all well. I hope I am wrong because they are a club with a proud history but I think they will be the whipping boys next year.

Thoughts?