What’s more important for a successful team? Is it the players? The fans? Or is it the manager? Well, we could debate for days about the answer. Perhaps the right answer to the question would be “all of them”, as not even the best manager can turn bad players into winners, and the enthusiasm of the fans is the boost both the players and the managers need to take the team to new heights. It’s true for any team, including Newcastle.
Current Newcastle manager Rafa Benítez is, perhaps, a new hope for the team. He was already called the best manager the team has had since Sir Bobby Robson, and hopefully, he will be up to the challenge. He has an impressive record, after all – he was named UEFA Manager of the Year and Premier League Manager of the Month several times, and he is the only manager in history to have won the UEFA Europa League, UEFA Super Cup, UEFA Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup. If there was a slot machine at the Euro Palace honoring the most notable football managers of history, as Shoot!, one of the most successful football-inspired games at Euro Palace Casino, honours the legendary players, he would surely be on one of the reels. Alas, winning a championship and advancing a team is not as easy as playing a game at the Euro Palace – the risks are bigger, the decisions to make are harder and it’s overall not as much fun as you might expect. The Euro Palace offers quick and easy – and most importantly accessible – fun and the only decision there is to make is whether to play or not.
The best: Sir Bobby Robson
Sir Robert William “Bobby” Robson is the most memorable manager Newcastle United ever had. After an 18-year-long career as an inside forward for Fulham (twice) and West Bromwich Albion, he retired, taking the lead of several teams during over the next few decades. With teams like England’s National Team, Porto, Barca, and PSV Eindhoven (twice) behind his back, he took over Newcastle in 1999. During the 2001-2002 season, he took the team from the bottom of the Premier League to the fourth place, improving one place in its standing in the next.
Although his departure from the team was controversial, he is still regarded as one of the best managers the team ever had – meaning that Benítez will have some big shoes to fill.
The worst: Alan Shearer?
Statistically speaking, Alan Shearer is the worst manager Newcastle has ever had. The 46-year-old former striker spent a decade at Newcastle on active duty, with 303 apps and 283 goals scored. He returned to the team in 2009 as a manager, but his career was short-lived: he took over the team on April 1st, 2009, and left the team after it was relegated from the Premier League in May. Out of the eight matches the team played under his helm, it won just one, getting five points out of the possible total of 24.