It’s worthwhile keeping an eye on the betting odds for the new Newcastle head coach, since we assume some candidates will start to be contacted this week – and the news of who are being contacted could leak out.
Steve McClaren – current favorite for Newcastle job
So it’s interesting that former Middlesbrough and England manager Steve McClaren is now the favorite for the position on most betting sites.
At the time of writing, he’s 2-1 on Sky Bet with Remi Garde, Glenn Hoddle and John Carver all at 6-1 and Tim Sherwood at 10-1.
Thomas Tuchel and Paul Clement are at 12-1.
Most of those coaches are not available, but neither was Alan Pardew, although we noticed Newcastle didn’t exactly stand in Pardew’s way when he wanted out so quickly.
But it’s hard to see how Derby County would be willing to let McClaren go before the summer, when they have a good chance of promotion to the Premier League, after just missing out last May.
We just cannot see Derby agreeing to release Steve from his contract – even if he wants to join Newcastle, which would be likely.
Only yesterday Derby Chief Executive Sam Rush told BBC Sport this:
“There is no question whatsoever of him leaving.” “He is one of the highest-performing managers in English football, so he is going to be linked and admired by others.”
“But we have had no approaches.” “I’m aware that there is speculation about Steve at the moment but he has completely dismissed it. His future is with us.”
Maybe Derby will get an approach from Newcastle in the next day or two if he is one of Newcastle’s top choices.
Steve has done well in his 16 months at the helm of Derby County – and in 70 games played he has won 42, drawn 13 and lost 15 – and that’s a win percentage of 60 and a loss percentage of 18.6 – good numbers.
But the most likely to be appointed are those who are available now – and they include Remi Garde, Glenn Hoddle, Paul Clement and John Carver.
Hopefully something will happen in the next few days …..
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