Stan Collymore doubles down on his wild Newcastle theories
Stan Collymore doubles down on his wild Newcastle theories
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Stan Collymore doubles down on his wild Newcastle theories

Thomas Tuchel going to Bayern Munich has put to bed Stan Collymore’s theory that Tuchel would go to Newcastle United, but in its wake, he’s come up with a whole new set of ideas.

The sacking of Julan Nagelesmann by Byern Munich paved the way for former Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel to take over the reins, just a few months after Collymore predicted he’d replace Howe at Newcastle.

Writing in his column for CaughtOffside, Collymore has suggested that since his sacking on Friday, Newcastle‘s owners should make contact with Julian Nagelsmann to see if he’d be interested in coming to Tyneside – and that they should just go ahead and do it behind Eddie Howe‘s back.

Howe won’t take us to the ‘promised land’ apparently

Collymore wrote: “The Magpies’ owners should, at the very least, put the feelers out and ask Nagelsmann if he’d like to take charge. They don’t even need to tell Howe that they’ve made contact with him but come on, they have to at least go and find out if he’d like to come to the northeast. That is how they will improve because they’re not going to get to the promised land with Howe in charge.”

Why won’t we get to the ‘promised land’ with Howe, Stan? What about his performance as Newcastle boss has suggested that he can’t take us all the way? Was it the rise from 19th to 11th place in the Premier League in the back half of last season? Was it the major cup final in his first full season? Or was it the assault on the Champions League places with a mid-table squad?

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He continued down the rabbit hole by saying suggesting that if Newcastle were to land Nagelsmann the fans would soon forget all about Eddie Howe. I’m not sure we’d forget the man that saved us from relegation one season and took us to Wembley the next, but okay.

Then he gave us his thoughts on how the PIF will operate: “The Saudi owners are in it to win it, they won’t care how the fanbase feels towards Howe, Sven Botman, Bruno Guimaraes, Alexander Isak, or any other individual. They won’t care that Dan Burn is a boyhood fan. He could have ‘Howay the Lads’ tattooed across his arse cheeks and it won’t matter to the owners. They’re not here to mess around. They want to take Newcastle United to the very top and compete with the likes of Manchester City.

At the moment, they’re testing the waters and seeing how far they can go without spending a ridiculous amount of money but once the excitement dies down and they decide to take the club to the next level, they will be ruthless, mark my words.”

The views on Newcastle from the outside are so wide of the mark

I absolutely 100% agree with this one line: “They’re not here to mess around. They want to take Newcastle United to the very top and compete with the likes of Manchester City.” The rest of it, however, is total codswallop, pardon my French.

Why would Amanda Staveley and Darren Eales harp on about bringing the fans onside and mending the fractured relationship between fans and club to then go ahead and burn it all down by betraying the fans wishes by sacking a popular manager or selling their best players?

I honestly believe that Mr Collymore underestimates the connection our fanbase has to our club right now, and he definitely underestimates the appreciation we have for Eddie Howe. After what Howe has achieved already, he’s bought himself breathing room for when things start to go off-course. That axe won’t swing immediately, he’ll be given time.

Of course we know changes will happen in the future, managers will change, players will come and go, but all that will be done the right way, at the right time and for the right reasons.

Look, I understand why Collymore has said this, it’s great exposure for him and I’ve walked right into his trap, but there will be those out there who don’t see through it and will genuinely buy into this way of thinking.