Graeme Souness discussed his tenure at Newcastle United and a prospective comeback to management on the No Tippy Tappy Football Podcast.
Since taking over as manager of the Magpies 16 years ago, the Scot has stepped away from managing, and he claims there is no chance he will ever return.
Indeed, Souness claims that his experience at St. James’ Park has completely turned him off management. He claims that the relationship he had with Freddy Shepherd wasn’t enjoyable, and the work itself was awful.
“I don’t think anything would tempt me back into management. The relationship you have to have with the people upstairs who should be below you. I just do not want to be answerable to the type of people who are making football decisions. My last job, it was the worst job I had at Newcastle, it was a horrible job,” Souness said.
He’s never going to get employment in this day and age at 69 after spending 16 years away from the game, and in all honesty, he’s not suited to the modern game.
Nowadays, managing the owners is just as important as managing the players, and since every club now has a Sporting Director of some kind, there is no longer any place for a no-nonsense manager like Souness.
It’s debatable whether or not that’s a good thing, but one thing is for certain: Souness was lucky to leave Newcastle before Mike Ashley arrived. He wouldn’t have liked working for him one bit.