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Tinkerman Throws In His Hat

Not so long ago I can remember when Toon fans would have jumped for joy to replace Graeme Souness with former Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri. He was the name on the lips of many fans after he was given the boot by the Blues when Jose Mourinho took over. And today the Italian has confirmed he is interested in the vacant manager's job at St James' Park.

He was sacked by Valencia last season and is eager to find a new job in England.

Ranieri: 'I've worked in Italy, in Spain and in England, but at the top I put England. I love England because of the atmosphere and the fans. If possible, I would like to return to work in England.

'I am looking for another good job with a club who has ambition. Newcastle is a good team, an ambitious team. It is one of the best clubs in England.'

But Newcastle chairman Freddy Shepherd has bigger fish in his pond, although I'm sure he will keep it in mind should others say 'no'.

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Date:Thursday February 16 2006

Time: 11:47AM

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I honestly can't see you getting anyone better than Ranieri. You keep going on about your big club status but you've not won any trophies for 50 years. Your support is excellent, I agree, but that alone doesn't make you a big club. Who are these bigger fish? If O'Neill, Hiddink or Allardyce wanted the job, they'd have taken it by now!
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16/02/2006 12:06:00

I'd have thought Hiddinks the only one who's too big time for the job - O Neill and Alladyce havent even managed on a world fact hardly even managed any game in Europe as Celtic never get very far and Bolton have only had a handful of UEFA games.
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