Some interesting stuff on Sky Sports this morning. If you believe Ian Ridley, the Mail on Sunday's man with a Northumbrian uncle, Redknapp was offered the job back in mid-October, but turned it down. I still think Newcastle must have been pretty sure they had him lined up before getting rid of Allardyce: did the sudden talk of Shearer wanting the job give him cold feet?
According to the media gossip, Keegan's ready but Shearer's still not convinced, and Ashley's after an experienced man anyway (plus exciting football, which rules out Gerard Houllier for a start). It'd be a romantic appointment, sure - but if it wasn't for romance, most football fans would be wearing Chelsea tops, or paying £40 a game to service Malcolm Glazer's debts.