Mike Ashley denies offering Jaap Stam the Newcastle United job

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In an interview in Holland, Jaap Stam has said that he was offered the Newcastle United job.

Speaking to Voetbal International (see below), the former Manchester United defender says he was approached to take the job before Mike Ashley gave it to Steve Bruce.

Jaap Stam saying that he had just agreed to take the Feyrenoord job, an agreement that he couldn’t/wouldn’t break in order to accept Ashley’s offer.



Now though, Mike Ashley and Newcastle United have issued a denial, claiming that they didn’t offer Stam the job.

The Chronicle saying that an unnamed person at the football club also told them that Mike Ashley and NUFC didn’t instruct anybody else to speak to Jaap Stam on their behalf either.

Whilst Stam would have been a surprise candidate for the job, in reality it wouldn’t have been a surprise.

With the exception of Rafa Benitez, these past nine years have seen a succession of underwhelming appointments.

Mike Ashley’s preference to have a patsy manager/head coach recruited from the lower divisions, so desperate to take the job that they will accept having no responsibility on transfers or anything else of importance.

The previous four appointments (ignoring Rafa Benitez) having had their last jobs in League One (Pardew) and the Championship (McClaren and Bruce), whilst John Carver was promoted by Mike Ashley.



The Mag – Earlier today (Tuesday 22 October 2019);

An interesting new interview with Jaap Stam over in Holland.

The former Manchester United player is currently manager of Feyenoord, who aren’t doing that great.

They finished third in the Dutch league last season and after taking over this summer, they are currently on tenth.

However, Jaap Stam says that he might not have ended up there at all.

The one-time Reading boss took over at Dutch minnow PEC Zwolle in December (2018) but only a few months later was approached by Feyenoord, Jaap Stam agreeing a two year contract with Feyenoord which would start on 1 June 2019, after he had seen out the season witjh PEC Zwolle.

Jaap Stam though has revealed that only a few days after agreeing that deal with Feyenoord, he was approached to take the job at Newcastle.

Mike Ashley and his people said to have offered the former Dutch international the NUFC job when Rafa Benitez still had almost four mnths of his contract remaining.



At a time when supposedly Mike Ashley was doing everything he could to persuade Rafa Benitez to stay…

This very much fits in with the belief of most fans that Ashley had no intention at all of trying to retain the top class manager.

Instead looking around for somebody who was desperate enough to take the NUFC job on the understanding they would have no real power, apart from training and picking  the team.

It has been widely reported that Steve Bruce got the job only after a whole host of other people turned Mike Ashley down, so now it appears we can add Jaap Stam to that list.

Certainly having been sacked at Reading after a run of only one win in 18 league matches (20th in the Championship in March 2018) and ending up at PEC Zwolle, you could well imagine that Jaap Stam would have fit that ‘desperate’ description and willing to accept Ashley’s terms.

Jaap Stam speaking to Voetbal International:

“You have been (well) informed because it is correct.

“Newcastle United contacted me a few days after I agreed (in March) to manage Feyenoord.

“So it was not an option right away.

“I am a man of my word.

“It was beautiful and honorable because the people in England apparently know what I stand for as a coach.”



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Premier League form table ahead of Newcastle v Wolves – Not great reading

The Premier League form table ahead of Newcastle United taking on Wolves.

It seems an awful lot longer than three months ago when Newcastle lined up against Wolves in the Premier League Asia Trophy.

NUFC were hammered 4-0 in that pre-season tournament in the week that Steve Bruce was appointed.



After the defeat at Chelsea, Newcastle are 18th in this Premier League form table.

This six game run having one win, two draws and three defeats.

Indeed, the Premier League form table exactly copies the full PL table at the bottom, with only Watford and Norwich worse off than Newcastle.

As for Wolves, they stand eleventh in the Premier League form table, with two wins, two draws and two defeats.

However, that only tells part of the story.

Possibly affected by the number of Europa League qualifying games they had to play, Wolves made a terrible start to the season, losing two and drawing three of their first five Premier League games.

However, they have then won two and drawn two, including that victory at Man City in their last away game.

Indeed in all competitions, Wolves are unbeaten in six, winning four and drawing two.




Steve Bruce will be hoping that the away Europa League game in Bratislava will negatively affect Wolves, as they now look like a team back on the up, whilst Newcastle continue their struggle for both points and goals.

A massive game on Sunday for Newcastle, as the other teams in the bottom five all have home games where they look as though they could pick up points.

Here is the Premier League form table which covers the past six matches for all teams:

Wolves’ last six results with latest one listed first:

Wolves 1 Southampton 1

Man City 0 Wolves 2

Wolves 2 Watford 0

Crystal Palace 1 Wolves 1

Wolves 2 Chelsea 5

Everton 3 Wolves 2



Newcastle’s last six results also listed with the latest result first:

Chelsea 1 Newcastle 0

Newcastle 1 Man Utd 0

Leicester 5 Newcastle 0

Newcastle 0 Brighton 0

Liverpool 3 Newcastle 1

Newcastle 1 Watford 1



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Jaap Stam reveals Mike Ashley offered him Newcastle United job 4 months before Rafa Benitez left

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An interesting new interview with Jaap Stam over in Holland.

The former Manchester United player is currently manager of Feyenoord, who aren’t doing that great.

They finished third in the Dutch league last season and after taking over this summer, they are currently on tenth.



However, Jaap Stam says that he might not have ended up there at all.

The one-time Reading boss took over at Dutch minnow PEC Zwolle in December (2018) but only a few months later was approached by Feyenoord, Jaap Stam agreeing a two year contract with Feyenoord which would start on 1 June 2019, after he had seen out the season witjh PEC Zwolle.

Jaap Stam though has revealed that only a few days after agreeing that deal with Feyenoord, he was approached to take the job at Newcastle.

Mike Ashley and his people said to have offered the former Dutch international the NUFC job when Rafa Benitez still had almost four mnths of his contract remaining.

At a time when supposedly Mike Ashley was doing everything he could to persuade Rafa Benitez to stay…

This very much fits in with the belief of most fans that Ashley had no intention at all of trying to retain the top class manager.

Instead looking around for somebody who was desperate enough to take the NUFC job on the understanding they would have no real power, apart from training and picking  the team.

It as been widely reported that Steve Bruce got the job only after a whole host of other people turned Mike Ashley down, so now it appears we can add Jaap Stam to that list.



Certainly having been sacked at Reading after a run of only one win in 18 league matches (20th in the Championship in March 2018) and ending up at PEC Zwolle, you could well imagine that Jaap Stam would have fit that ‘desperate’ description and willing to accept Ashley’s terms.

Jaap Stam speaking to Voetbal International:

“You have been (well) informed because it is correct.

“Newcastle United contacted me a few days after I agreed (in March) to manage Feyenoord.

“So it was not an option right away.

“I am a man of my word.

“It was beautiful and honorable because the people in England apparently know what I stand for as a coach.”



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Woodward reveals his lowest point as Man United CEO

Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has revealed the loss to Olympiakos in 2014 was a low point during his career and has explained why he was taking a picture that day.

Back then David Moyes was in charge for his one and only season as he took the club to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

United would go on to lose to Bayern Munich but first they almost got knocked out by Olympiakos in the round of 16 stage.

Moyes’ men lost 2-0 away from home to the Greek side in awful fashion though they managed to overturn the tie at Old Trafford thanks to a Robin van Persie hat-trick.

What infuriated the fans even more during the loss was Woodward being caught on camera taking a picture of the occasion as if he didn’t care.

It was Woodward’s first year in charge since David Gill also left the club at the same time Sir Alex Ferguson did.

Many lay the blame at his door for the failures endured since the legendary Scotsman retired.

Manchester United have failed to win the league since and probably even challenge for it seriously despite Jose Mourinho finishing second in his second season in charge.

Woodward explains why Man United recruitment has been poor in the past

Manchester United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward hasn’t recently done an in-depth interview where he reveals information previously not available to the public.

The heavily criticised man has opted to have a ‘clear the air’ talk given the club’s position in the table and fans’ frustrations constantly growing.

United’s structure has often been a point of attack by previous managers with David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho all in agreement with the poor system in place.

Woodward has only now accepted, in reference to the recruitment process, things weren’t set up correctly for success.

The worrying matter for fans will now be why that was the case and what has taken so long for it to be fixed.

Moyes, Van Gaal and Mourinho were all accused of poor recruitment though they all put the blame on the board’s shoulders.

It’s believed all of them didn’t always get their preferred targets and that the board would often end up signing players far down the list.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s purchases have proven popular with the fans so far but more importantly they haven’t seem random or signed in a scattergun manner.

Hopefully the legendary Norwegian has put an end to the club’s poor recruitment and United can benefit from this new approach.

Solskjaer sheds light on Man Utd dressing room atmosphere after Liverpool draw

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed the state of his players following their bittersweet 1-1 draw with Liverpool.

Fans and probably even neutrals had anticipated the Reds were going to throttle the legendary Norwegian’s side but that didn’t turn out to be the case.

Instead United put in a strong showing and could’ve ran away with all three points had it not been for an individual defensive error.

Supporters were pleased with the impressive performance but were disappointed with the matter in which they conceded the equaliser.

Solskjaer has undoubtedly made the Red Devils stronger defensively and that was on show until Liverpool drew level.

Fans couldn’t help but feel as though it were two points dropped, particularly given their position in the league table.

In truth, Manchester United desperately needed all three points to climb up to a somewhat respectable position given their poor start to the season.

Time is running out for Solskjaer’s side to pick up points as the busy festive period is just around the corner.

Hopefully a mid-week win in the Europa League sparks a winning run and United can show just how good they were at the start of their manager’s reign.

“Get him!”: Roy Keane orders Man Utd to sign this Premier League superstar

Manchester United great Roy Keane believes signing Tottenham’s Harry Kane would be easy, calling on his former side to get the job done.

Not many fans would refuse signing the talented Englishman, particularly with their side’s struggles to net goals this season.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has improved United defensively but for some reason that has come at the cost of regressing offensively.

Adding Kane to the line-up would certainly beef up the current firepower and Keane is clearly a fan.

The complete forward has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford in the past but a transfer never materialised, perhaps due to how difficult a deal it would be to complete.

As much as a point as Keane has got, it’s almost as though he’s forgotten where Manchester United are in the table too.

Perhaps he’s only said that because he feels Solskjaer will turn things around and the team are appear to be at the beginning of an era in comparison to Tottenham looking to be at the end of one.

Either way, United will have to break the bank to sign him regardless of where the London club end up when the curtain closes on the season.