Newcastle in talks with Venables

Newcastle United are in talks with former England boss Terry Venables about the vacant manager's position at the troubled club. The 65-year-old told The Sun that he will make a decision today on whether or not to accept a job which has been something of a poisoned chalice in recent years - just ask Graeme Souness and Sam Allardyce.

Last night's 2-1 home defeat to fellow strugglers Tottenham in the Carling Cup was Newcastle's fourth loss on the trot. With the team struggling in the Premier League and fans at the end of their tether, Venables is going to have a difficult job on his hands.

Kevin Keegan left St. Jame's Park because he didn't feel that he was in control of transfers, it remains to be seen if Venables will have any more power in that regard. But if the former Spurs boss can build around the club's better players, e.g. Shay Given, and get the best out of some of the overpaid 'stars', El Tel should at least be able to save the club from the drop.

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