Newcastle Next Manager Odds – Steve Bruce Leads the Betting
It’s been nearly two weeks since Rafa Benitez called time on one of the longest running contract sagas in the Premier League and opted to end his four-year spell with Newcastle Utd.
Despite Rafa’s frustrations with life on Tyneside, the Newcastle job remains one of the biggest jobs in English football with plenty of managers keen to put their names forward for a stint at St James’ Park.
Sheffield Wednesday boss Steve Bruce has this week emerged as a frontrunner for the job. Could the much-travelled manager finally get the chance to manage his hometown club?
Below, we take a look at the 10 of the leading runners and riders to be next Newcastle manager in the manager specials market…
Newcastle Next Manager Odds – Could Steve Bruce be installed at St James’ Park?
Has a reputation as something of a journeyman in the game, but Bruce could be a safe pair of hands. A boyhood fan of the club, he could find it hard to win over supporters after an unmemorable spell with local rivals Sunderland. Current club Sheffield Wednesday could also play hard ball with Bruce only recently joining the club. The red-hot favourite.
An ambitious move for Mourinho would undoubtedly soften the blow of Rafa’s departure, but would he take the job? The Portuguese boss has already hinted a return to Italy may be his next step and may prefer to rebuild his reputation away from England after two bruising spells with Chelsea and Man Utd.
Came close to landing the Arsenal job last summer. Could this be a role that convinces him to step up as a No. 1? Despite misgivings over the current ownership situation, Newcastle remains one of the most attractive outposts in the Premier League. With a season of transition now likely, lowered expectations could also give him time to implement his playing philosophy on the squad.
Could the Aston Villa assistant boss be casting envious eyes across at Stamford Bridge? Terry can never be faulted for lacking in ambition and could be ready to follow in Frank Lampard’s footsteps by stepping up at Premier League level. However, with survival likely to be the club’s immediate priority, Mike Ashley may be tempted to go more tried and trusted.
In other circumstances, the former Everton and Man Utd man could be the perfect fit. Partially restored his battered reputation with a respectable spell with West Ham and would be expected to carry out a similar ‘holding pattern’ job in the north east. Relegation with Sunderland is a huge black mark against his name, however.
The Belgium boss is reportedly itching for a return to club football and this could be an ideal exit point. With no ‘Big Six’ vacancies on the horizon, he’s unlikely to find many bigger jobs at Premier League level. The Spaniard would also back himself to continue Rafa’s good work at St James’ Park.
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The intriguing left-field option in the current manager specials list. The former Arsenal and Barcelona man is looking to prove his credentials in a higher-profile league after a successful spell with Feyenoord. Perhaps even more enticing to Ashley will be the fact he’s (a) a free agent and (b) comes without any baggage.
Given his popularity at Turf Moor, Dyche would be taking one hell of a punt leaving a club where he runs the ship to join the relative instability of Newcastle . However, can he realistically go any further with the Clarets? A move to the Magpies would be a step up in terms of fan base and profile, but Burnley would surely put up one hell of a fight to retain their main man.
Perennially linked with every vacancy that arises outside the ‘Big Six’. The Welshman would be unlikely to set pulses racing amongst Magpies fans. However, his managerial career as a whole deserves at least a second glance, with his five-year spell at Stoke a qualified success before tailing off badly in his final few months with the club. As things stand however, he may have blotted his copybook one too many times now at Premier League level.
The ultimate pragmatist. Hughton would be guaranteed to enjoy a honeymood period with Magpies fans after an impressive spell with the club earlier in his managerial career. The end of his time at Brighton suggests he still needs to prove he can do more than simply tread water at this level – albeit that might make him an ideal fit for Newcastle’s current ambitions. May not find many bigger roles opening up for him, but could he face being re-united with Ashley?
To see the latest odds on the next permanent Newcastle boss check out our latest manager specials.
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