Dortmund boss fits the bill for Newcastle, says former Toon manager

Jurgen Klopp
Jurgen Klopp

GLENN Roeder says Newcastle should push the boat out when it comes to appointing their next manager – and try to lure Jurgen Klopp to Tyneside.

Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund are second bottom of the Bundesliga heading into Germany’s winter break.

However, Klopp has led them to two league titles in the past, and also to a Champions League final.

The idea of Newcastle being able to land the German appears far-fetched, but Roeder – who managed the club between 2006 and 2007 – feels Klopp would be ideal for the club, with Alan Pardew set to join Crystal Palace imminently.

He told talkSPORT: “Newcastle need to find someone who’s very experienced, has managed in the top divisions and has a winning track record.

“For once, I wouldn’t take a chance on anyone up and coming. You have got to give Newcastle fans a real character, like Chelsea did a number of years ago when they brought in Jose Mourinho.

“The first thing Mike Ashley will look for is an experienced British manager, with a great CV, but they are an endangered species.

“Whether you like it or not there are not many British managers that have got that sort of CV that is required to give the fans.

“Someone who does fit Newcastle’s bill is Jurgen Klopp. You might just get him at the moment because Borussia Dortmund are having a terrible season.

“He is a real character and is just the sort of person the fans could warm to quickly.

“He speaks very good English, has a great sense of humour and is obviously a very good coach.

“They may just land someone like that because, as far as British managers are concerned, they are not there currently.”