Keegan New Favorite for Newcastle Manager


Here are the latest odds on who is being backed with real money to become the next Newcastle manager. This is from William Hill’s and is the latest betting taken right from their web page.

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Mike Ashley – we think he will make choice within 48 hours

Here’s the latest betting on the Newcastle manager:

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Kevin Keegan 6/4

In the last 24 hours Kevin Keegan has come on strong after saying he would neither rule himself out or rule himself in. But he hasn’t turned down the opportunity flat, which is good for most Geordie fans. He has now been installed as the favorite overtaking Mark Hughes.

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Mark Hughes 5/2

Wouldn’t be a popular or exciting choice for Newcastle fans, but he’s looked a solid and good manager at Blackburn and Wales, and will only get better with more experience.

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Alan Shearer 4/1

Apparently Chris Mort called Alan on his vacation in Barbados last Thursday just to let him know the situation and he said they weren’t thinking of Alan at this time. However, he may be willing to link up with King Kev initially at St. James’ Park so he learn the ropes a little – say for a couple of years. Would Bobby Robson be able to act as Shearer’s mentor if Alan took the job himself?

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Gerard Houllier 7/1

We think Gerard is definitely the dark horse. He has a good record at both Liverpool and Lyon, and he could do a job at Newcastle. Watch out for Gerrard because he could come through and be the surprise choice. We think he would be a good choice at this time.

Steve Bruce and Martin Jol are joint in 5th place at 10-1. Harry Redknapp is next at 12-1 and Jose Mouinho has been cut to 16-1 in 8th place.

Mike Ashley returns from the Pacific Rim tomorrow and he could be able to arrive back in Newcastle late tomorrow morning. There would be plenty of time to meet with whomever is his choice for new manager. So we’re sure the press will be trying to find out where the candidates are situated tomorrow.

We expect a new manager between now and the start of the game against Stoke City on Wednesday evening. That’s the latest we have on the manger front, with definite movement by Kevin Keegan.

To get the very latest on Hill’s betting odds on the Newcastle manager go here

Then goto the very bottom and click on Manager Markets.

If that doesn’t work put this into your web browser – http://www.willhill.com/iibs/EN/allsportsandcoupons.asp?sport=FB – then goto the very bottom and click on Manager Markets.

You can then keep up with any wild shifts in the betting. 😀

What do you think?

Comments welcome.


177 comments so far

  • Sloop Jon B

    Jan 14, 2008 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #1

    I know I keep harping on about it- but why isn’t Van Gaal mentioned anywhere.
    Houiller?
    Only if he brings Juninho with him.

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  • Dag

    Jan 14, 2008 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #2

    I have to say the most interessting choice after Mourinho is a Keegan as manager and Shearer ass. manager or the opposite way around.

    The story about Mourinho getting out of a clause at Chelsea seems rather unlikely. Allthough I’m sure most of us prey every night it’s true. But in Norway there has been specualtion about Mourinho is beeing lined up as a replacement for Benitez…

    I do think Mort and Ashley is keeping an eye on the Liverpool situation.

    Should things heat up I’m sure Benitez will get the sack, and I’ wouldn’t be to sad to see him in managers seat either….

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 14, 2008 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #3

    van Gaal or Deschamps for me.

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  • Frankieboy

    Jan 14, 2008 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #4

    Had gut feeling all along about Houllier so much so I got my brother- in -law to put £5 on for me and beleive me I do not gamble as a rule
    He could be an excellent mentor for Shearer and this would also give continuity for years to come something we have lacked for years.
    I also think Shearer would be happy to learn the ropes of someone of Houlliers experience and standing in the game and lets not forget he has Premiership experience and with some success.

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  • b3v

    Jan 14, 2008 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #5

    I honestly don’t think kk, alan or mark hughes will be manager, I think houllier would be an ok choice, but I think it will be better than all 4 🙂

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  • ToonNorway

    Jan 14, 2008 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #6

    Couldn’t agree more. Why the hell isn’t anyone talking to/about Van Gaal? He would be a glorious appointment. And he has never been polluted by the red shirt of Liverpool or Manure 😉

    Van Gaal for president, with Big Al as learners boy. Like Mourinho under Robson…

    Drible drible goo goo….:)

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jan 14, 2008 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #7

    I cannot see Van Gaal anywhere in the Hill list – will put link to Hill’s latest betting odds on Newcastle manager into article.

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  • GraemeR

    Jan 14, 2008 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #8

    Its so right – but for all the wrong reasons -bring him on – with Shearer as No 2.
    Theres no manager in the EPL who would light up SJP as much as this dream team (perhaps with the exception of Wenger).
    Ashley seems keen to have a UK manager, so that unfortunately rules out the likes of Hitzfeld, Van Gaal, Lippo (and Zippo).
    I think (hope) it will be resolved by tomorrow, in time for the replay and if it is KK/AS then god help Stoke – the crowd alone will get us 5-0 up by half time.

    I just hope the dream doesnt turn into a nightmaere – but what the heck – it’ll be worth it just to get back to attractive, attacking football

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 14, 2008 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #9

    What bout Trond Sollied? Not a bad manager.

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  • GATUSO

    Jan 14, 2008 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #10

    Mourinho

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  • Smiler

    Jan 14, 2008 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #11

    i reakon this hong kong things a cover up and mike ashley is talkin to mourinio in portugal… well we can allways dream 🙂

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  • GATUSO

    Jan 14, 2008 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #12

    Mourinho is the beast

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  • Grambo

    Jan 14, 2008 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #13

    This is why it should be Van Gaal!!!

    1 x Champions League: 1994-95 (with Ajax)
    1 x Intercontinental Cup: 1994-95 (with Ajax)
    1 x UEFA Cup: 1991-92 (with Ajax)
    2 x European Supercup: 1995-96 (with Ajax), 1997-98 (with FC Barcelona)
    3 x Dutch Eredivisie: 1993-94, 1994-95, 1995-96, (with Ajax) plus in 2003-04 (as Technical Director)
    1 x Dutch Cup: 1992-93 (with Ajax)
    3 x Johan Cruijff-schaal: 1993-94, 1994-95, 1995-96 (with Ajax)
    2 x Spanish League: 1997-98, 1998-99 (with FC Barcelona)
    1 x Spanish Cup: 1997-98 (with FC Barcelona)
    1 x Rinus Michels Award (2007)

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  • Sloop Jon B

    Jan 14, 2008 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #14

    Where has the English manager business come from?
    Surely Ashley can see that there are none available who have the necessary skills/experience.
    We’ll be entertaining the likes of Ince and Wise next! God help us.
    I don’t think I’m being unrealistic- there isn’t a hope in hell of Mourinho joining the mad ship Newcastle.

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  • b3v

    Jan 14, 2008 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #15

    hey, william hills odds on mourinho aren’t bad 😉 I heard that chris and mike were searching overseas too, that british manager rubbish was cleared up on the first night, its just the media keep pushing it coz they don’t want us to have better.

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  • Tim Krul

    Jan 14, 2008 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #16

    Shay Given for player/manager!

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  • Kash2

    Jan 14, 2008 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #17

    One reason why it shouldn’t be Van Gaal – Because he doesn’t have nay heart!

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  • Sloop Jon B

    Jan 14, 2008 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #18

    Van Gaal’s position is a little shaky at AZ apparently- having lost 9 of 24 games this season. Hasn’t met with fans expectations or something.
    He’s the man!

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  • Kash2

    Jan 14, 2008 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #19

    I think Houillier would bring a massive scouting base with him. Him and wenger are pretty much the young player scouting kings. Liverpools current scouting system is because of his work! I’d take him just for that!

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  • Frankieboy

    Jan 14, 2008 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #20

    If we could get Van Gaal given the contract he would be on with the massive financial package do you think we would get to see him actually SMILE !!
    Would be a popular choice as manager and has worked with Sir Bobby at Barca so who knows

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  • Jon

    Jan 14, 2008 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #21

    NOOOO!!!!! Not Houllier!!!!!

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  • Sloop Jon B

    Jan 14, 2008 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #22

    Frankly I couldn’t give a monkeys if the manager smiles alot!
    Maybe we could H from Steps- he smiles loads!

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  • Sloop Jon B

    Jan 14, 2008 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #23

    ‘AZ have failed to live up to expectations this season, losing nine of their 24 competitive matches. But none of their previous defeats was nearly as heavy as Sunday’s 6-1 embarrassment at the hands of Ajax.’

    Sound familiar?

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  • lee

    Jan 14, 2008 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #24

    y isnt van gaal mentioned show ur support 2wards van gaal

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  • Tim Krul

    Jan 14, 2008 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #25

    but seriously… Louis Van Gaal all the way.

    Van Gaal interview:

    People talk about the ‘Van Gaal system’. How would you describe this?

    It’s a footballing philosophy more than a system. A system depends on the players you have. I played 4-3-3 with Ajax, 2-3-2-3 with Barcelona and I can play 4-4-2 with AZ. I’m flexible. The philosophy stays the same though.

    Players count for nothing, the team is everything. I set more store by a player’s character than by his on-field qualities, and particularly whether he is willing to give everything to the cause. There are some incredibly talented players who haven’t got the character or the personality to suit my methods. Litmanen, for example, was a different player at Barca than he was at Ajax. You have to adapt to a new culture when you move to a different club, and not every player is able to do that.

    Sounds a hell of a lot more knowledgeable than some of our past managers and just by looking at the uefa cup games against alkmaar last season you can tell he likes his teams to play good football. we played our best football for years against them in the first half of the first leg but they continued to play it short from the back. not a long ball in sight. as for the second leg, he outwitted Roeder and his tactics were spot on.

    Give me football, give me Van Gaal!!

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 14, 2008 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #26

    Its a sign, we and they both get 6 put past us.

    Last season he almost won te league for christs sake, that was an immense feat, espcially with the players he had there then.

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  • Jon

    Jan 14, 2008 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #27

    What about Gus Hiddink? 🙂

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  • knoxy the mag

    Jan 14, 2008 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #28

    how about hollier for head of scouting and use him for bring stars of the future and let keegan and shearer get on with it
    but i still think we need someone with more experience who will bring in big names ie lippi or jose

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  • Kash2

    Jan 14, 2008 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #29

    Van Gaal is another Gullit ie RUBBISH! Most likely he’ll drop Taylor and try to sell him for £0.5m.

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  • Parky93

    Jan 14, 2008 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #30

    Come Kevin Keegan. He has passion and flair him and Alan would be perfect. We will the football that we played when i want born!! He is my choice COME ON KEEGAN!!!!!

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  • Sloop Jon B

    Jan 14, 2008 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #31

    Here’s a snippet from goal.com following the Ajax result-

    All things considered, the 56-year-old remained calm. “In the first half we were simply better than Ajax and even after the restart we really came close to making it 2-2. What happened after their third goal does not really interest me.”

    Like his style- ‘balls! we’re 3-1 down. Can’t be bothered with this!’

    Better than Ajax for 45 minutes is a whole lot better than nearly competing with Derby for 1o!

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  • Kash2

    Jan 14, 2008 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #32

    It would be good if we could actually have a really good Director of Football to coordinate our scouting! However I really don’t think KK and AS are the answer to our woes.

    Guus Hiddink would be an amazing manager for us. He’s like the most tactically astute manager ever but with the ability to make rubbish players stars like Martin O’Neill!

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  • Kash2

    Jan 14, 2008 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #33

    Dutch league is mickey mouse, if Luque can play there then anyone can. Same goes for managers, mickey mouse!

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jan 14, 2008 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #34

    If Kevin comes we think that could set up Alan to come in after 2-3 years – maybe initially as assistant manager to Kev. That could be long term manager planning.
    Wow – what a concept.

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  • Sloop Jon B

    Jan 14, 2008 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #35

    Kash2-

    Van Gaal has been a success everywhere he’s been. We should give him a chance, like Gullit, so he can blot his copy book!

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  • Frankieboy

    Jan 14, 2008 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #36

    Sloop jon B

    H from steps eh! Would he sort us out from the back!!
    Course he would smile a lot….22 blokes running about in shorts.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jan 14, 2008 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #37

    Martin O’Neil would have been great for us after Roeder – but we don’t think he thought much of Freddy – look what he’s done at Villa – 6th place – but that’s after 1.5 seasons.
    Sam didn’t get that length of time and last Jan Villa were down near the bottom of the table.

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  • Sloop Jon B

    Jan 14, 2008 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #38

    Oh dear- I’m getting told off by ‘she who must be obeyed’.

    VOTE VAN GAAL- the especially miserable one!
    Laters.

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  • Tim Krul

    Jan 14, 2008 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #39

    Hiddink would be amazing but if he leaves Russia to join us now i’ll chop my balls off…

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  • Greavsie

    Jan 14, 2008 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #40

    Can’t really understand this Keegan stuff. It was good while it lasted, but it’s over, been over 10+ years. Keegan was found wanting on many occasions, and admitted that as far as tactics are concered, he’s not at the races. Other than motivational powers, and “rable rousing”, what can he seriously offer in 2008? It’s pure sentimentality at work here. Let’s get real and look boldy forwards, not backwards through rose-tinted sun glasses.

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