I think the saddest feature of the last few days at the St. James’ Park circus, is that most supporters don’t seemingly see anything wrong with the next Newcastle Manager betting.
So many people are so demoralised after the years of Mike Ashley rule, they no longer can see how bad things have got.
I have heard and read many fans talking about the likes of Tony Pulis as a joke/nightmare appointment, but I wouldn’t be betting on our lot when we face West Brom in May at St.James\’ Park.
It isn’t that I would want Tony Pulis managing Newcastle United, it is more the fact that supporters are scoffing at the notion of Pulis as a possibility for United, as though we are going to get something better.
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You have fans picking the names of foreign managers out of the air as usual and the betting reflects that to an extent. The likes of Houllier, Klopp, Benitez, Garde, Hiddink are given mentions and medium to long odds but surely people realise that nothing of the sort is going to happen, don’t they?
If it was any other club, such as West Brom, or even Crystal Palace!!! You get the betting and debate amongst fans, including out of work past Premier League managers and/or up and coming younger managers in the Championship or those managing supposedly smaller Premier League clubs.
At Newcastle we have had Peter Beardsley, Fabricio Coloccini and John Carver all seriously discussed as being the next Newcastle manager and indeed, John Carver is the current favourite.
Coloccini refuses to conduct any TV interviews in English, even though he is Captain, yet many fans still see him as a credible contender!
In the supposed running/betting you do have token outside options such as Tim Sherwood and Steve McClaren but even then I don’t think they are seen as viable, indeed Sherwood has no track record and why would McClaren come here when he is looking a favourite to bring Derby up into the Premier League.
Strip it all down and there aren’t really any credible candidates seen as likely to get the Newcastle job. Ally McCoist is only 20/1 for god’s sake!
The talk of course at both Palace and West Brom is that the new managers will have £20m or whatever to spend in January to revitalise their squads.
That of course will not be the case at Newcastle United and Mike Ashley will no doubt think the finishing line (PL safety) is all but in touching distance with 27 points in the bank already.
He won’t be giving any new manager £20m or anything like it, in fact he’d give them nothing to spend as they’ll not have any say in choosing players to buy.
I think we can now see why credible candidates are in reality not being linked with the Newcastle job, apart from dreamers who watch European football and pick out managers under the misapprehension that they would see it as a step up to come and work for Ashley.
The Newcastle manager betting reflects how low we’ve sunk under Mike Ashley and the only hope is that he will shortly follow Pardew out of the door.
We live in hope.
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