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Newell claim rouses the fans

Newell claim rouses the fans

Leicester City fans have reacted with mixed emotions, but mainly guarded optimism to speculation that Luton's Mike Newell will shortly be appointed City manager.

We stress, the comments about Newell's supposedly imminent arrival, possibly next week, which are appearing in newspapers and websites are entirely unofficial.

But should the ex-City striker Newell accept the job it would represent a bold and potentially exciting move by the board.

Newell has transformed Luton Town into a bold and successful attacking team, earning them promotion to the Championship last season.

Today fans were having their say should his eventual appointment be confirmed.

On Talking Balls RN Fox said:

Looks like he will join us next week. The news began to break about midnight last night. I found out about 8 o'clock last night but this is the first chance I have had to get on my computer. Been dying to share the news. It is genuine information I promise. The contact at Luton is a very senior member and he is gutted too.

ALEX reacted with enthusiasm adding:

He has performed miracles at Luton, I am punching the air right now with this news....Right now...

HAZZMAN SAID;

Please let it be him, the papers seem to be suggesting Newell has had enough at Luton. All I can do is say well done to Tim Davies and his team, they have done the right thing, gone out and tried to managers with proven quality, rather than a unknown quantity from the amazones of Scotland.

BABYLON was less celebratory:

He always comes across badly if you ask me. Levein looks like a comedy genius compared to him.

But BRIGHTON FOX declared:

Newell's been my first choice from the start, just didn't think he would leave Luton or be within our price range. Maybe releasing Dublin, Wilcox and MDV's wages have given us a bigger kitty??!!??

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From Foxestalk RICFLAIR said:

I'll welcome Newell. He's not my first choice, but only because I didn't think we would be able to get him. He has got a better record than Cotterill and he likes to play good football, which is always nice and something this team needs.

HARRY added guardedly:

'Surprised by how excited everybody is about this, not least because none of it has been confirmed yet.

On a note of caution, I should point out that when Newell managed Hartlepool in 02-03 he won promotion, but the fans almost universally called for him to be sacked.

He took over a side who were excelling in League Two and suffered a severe downturn in form.

It was only the points tally prior to his takeover that secured promotion.

At Luton he had to deal with administration and won an outstanding promotion in his second season, then led Luton to the top half of the Championship the next year.

That's an impressive achievement, but he actually received a lot of criticism in his first year at Luton, when the side were promotion favourites but only made it to mid-table.

His tendency to struggle early on in a job, coupled with his - let's say - uncharismatic approach, give me a few causes for concern.

That said, I've only ever called for one manager's head in my time as a City fan. I'll get behind him fully if he comes - just don't get too carried away.

For me, if you're looking at managers' records, I'm surprised that Steve Tilson of Southend hasn't had more of a look-in.

Whereas Newell inherited a promising squad and, with a few stutters, delivered on that promise, Tilson turned League Two relegation favourites into League One champions in two years.'

Many more fans were unreservedly delighted at the speculation but were reminding everyone it was just that...speculation.

**A spokesperson for the Hatters said: 'We are not going to comment on speculation.'

"Considering Leicester’s current league position and financial status, I cannot think why he would be interested in a move to the Walkers Stadium.

However, regardless of the fact that Mike has enjoyed success with Luton Town, he is still very inexperienced and I would have thought that Premiership clubs and clubs with big money to spend would like to see him spend a little more time building his profile before taking a punt on him.

Luton Chairman Bill Tomlins said: "We have had no official approach from Leicester,"

"I can understand why there is speculation, but I do not want to lose him.

Mike is a former Leicester player, but he is very happy at Luton and we have a very good relationship.

"There may come a time when Mike moves on - but I imagine it would be to a club in a higher league."

**Garry Birtles (Sky Sports commentator) said on Heart tonight that he'd heard Newell was coming here from one of his Sky buddies.

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Date:Thursday February 2 2006
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