New Newcastle United Manager odds make clear bookies as clueless as journalists
Maybe the biggest question on the search for the next Newcastle United Manager, whether there is even an actual ‘search’ going on…
It is now two weeks since Mike Ashley put out that statement saying there would be no agreement reached with Rafa Benitez to stay on.
However, in an interview published yesterday with The Mail on Sunday, Rafa stated that Mike Ashley has known he needed a new manager for these past two months. Benitez stating that it became clear at that infamous 16 May meeting in London that Ashley had no intention of trying to convince him to stay, so he had informed the NUFC owner after that meeting, he would be leaving this summer.
As to why there has been no effort to find a new Newcastle United Manager, eternal optimists are hoping that this could be a stalling process so that imminent new owners can choose their own manager.
At the other end of the spectrum, plenty of Newcastle fans see this as same old Ashley, dragging his heels to give extra excuses for no new signings, before eventually going down the John Carver route once again, giving the job on a ‘temporary’ basis to former Doncaster Belles boss Neil Redfearn ( recently appointed NUFC reserve coach) and/or newly appointed head of NUFC Academy (and former NUFC reserve coach) Ben Dawson. The pair pictured above with goalkeeping coach Simon Smith.
The pair are currently overseeing pre-season preparations and the squad fly off to China on Saturday, then when they return it will be less than three weeks until the season starts, showing how little time remains.
As for how clueless and simply guessing the journalists are about the Newcastle United Manager ‘search’, last night The Chronicle ran a story at 10pm stating that their information was that Steven Gerrard had finally official made the club’s ‘shortlist’, only for less than an hour later an ‘exclusive’ from their sister paper The Mirror to claim Rangers had turned down an approach from Newcastle.
Looking at the new/latest bookies odds on next Newcastle United Manager, it becomes clear that they are just as clueless as the journalists.
Mikel Arteta a token favourite but basically just there by default, in the absence of any sign of Newcastle actually trying to appoint anybody.
These are the best available odds (via Oddschecker) on each of the ‘leading’ candidates from the various bookies at 7am on Monday morning;
4/1 Mikel Arteta
17/2 Roberto Martinez
9/1 Chris Wilder, Quique Sanchez Flores
12/1 Giovanni van Bronckhurst
16/1 Jose Mourinho
20/1 Neil Redfearn, Sam Allardyce, David Moyes, Sean Dyche
22/1 Dominic Tedesco
25/1 Rudi Garcia, Phil Neville, Heiko Herrlich
28/1 Ben Dawson, Steven Gerrard, Javi Gracia
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