The shock news this afternoon that Sam Allardyce has left his post as manager of Newcastle United immediately asks the question â€“ who will replace him?
Alan Shearer – odds on to replace Big Sam
With canny businessmen in charge like Chris Mort and Mike Ashley there is no way Sam has been dismissed without them already having agreed with somebody else to take over.
The big favorite has to be Alan Shearer since Mike Ashley has already said he would like to see Alan be manager of the club one day.
But there are at least a couple of excellent managers who are available that could do a great job at Newcastle. One is Jose Mourinho, although he is not allowed to manage a Premiership club until next season, which probably rules him out immediately.
The other world class manager available is German Ottmar Hitzfeld, who came back to manage Beyern Munich in January of last year, but has said he will not continue past this season. But that probably also rules him out unless Newcastle have made a deal with him and Beyern, which is doubtful.
The odds are on the new manager being Alan Shearer with former Luton Town manager Mike Newell coming with him as assistant manager.
But who do you think should take over?
Let us know – comments welcome.