Newcastle's next manager? Why this Magpies hero would be fascinating Pardew replacement

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Temuri Ketsbaia has admitted his interest in becoming the next Newcastle manager.

The fallout from Alan Pardew's Newcastle exit continues, with the former Magpies boss taking over the reins at Crystal Palace in a shock move.

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley must now make a big appointment, and he must have the fans on side having endured the poisonous relationship between Pardew and the Newcastle supporters.

The likes of Remi Garde, Thomas Tuchel and Steve McClaren have all been linked, but one of the most fascinating candidates could be Temuri Ketsbaia.

The Georgian played 78 games for Newcastle over a three-year spell with the club during the late 90's, and recently admitted his interest in returning to St. James' Park as the next manager.

"I am watching what’s going on at Newcastle with a lot of interest and of course I am interested in the head coach role," said the Georgian. "There are not many managers in the world who would say no to that club. Any time that the job becomes available, it’s exciting and I am available to speak to Newcastle about it."

"I’d love to manage in England, I always said that and I think I could do a good job. I worked at a club for many years that won championships, I managed in the Champions League and I worked with the national team for five years, so I don’t think the level is a problem. It wouldn’t be a problem and I know all about Newcastle," added Ketsbaia.

Ketsbaia is most famous for his remarkable celebration against Bolton, where he took his shirt off, threw it into the Newcastle fans and proceeded to repeatedly kick an advertising hoarding.

His passion for the club has made him a cult hero on Tyneside, but this isn't just a man hoping to land the job based on his love for Newcastle United; he's a decent manager in his own right.

Ketsbaia led Anorthosis Famagusta to the Champions League group stage in 2008 - the first time a Cypriot team had ever made it that far, whilst he was harshly sacked by Olympiakos despite winning five of his six games in charge and not even conceding a goal.

During his time as Georgia boss, Ketsbaia kept them competitive despite a dearth of talent, and even led his county to an unlikely win over Croatia.

Newcastle fans need someone to get behind, someone to identify with after the Pardew era, and fans on Twitter have already suggested that Ketsbaia's passion for the club would be well received.

Ultimately, Ketsbaia is unlikely to get the job. Ashley is more likely to look to an English or French manager than bring the controversial Ketsbaia back to St. James' Park.

He may be the choice in the hearts of some Newcastle fans, but the idea of Ketsbaia becoming the new Magpies boss may end up being an unfulfilled pipe dream if Ashley's recent appointments are anything to go by.

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