Things Are Changing – The Latest Odds On Newcastle Job

The odds on who will be the Newcastle manager have been shaken up over the last 24 hours, with Patrick Vieira the former Arsenal and French International defensive midfielder now the favorite.

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Steve McClaren – has dropped to second favorite

There are two reports out today saying who will be Newcastle new head coach appointed later this week – the Telegraph goes for Steve McClaren who was Newcastle’s number one choice in January but wouldn’t take the job.

But Sky Sports were reporting late last night that Patrick Vieira has moved to the top of the queue – and he will be meeting with the Newcastle Board early next week – probably tomorrow.

Patrick seems to be a new contender who has moved into the favorite spot in a mere 24 hours.

Candidates like Michael Laudrup, Davide Moyes and Remi Garde seem to have had their odds lengthened.

Here’s the latest betting on SkyBet this morning:

Patrick Vieira 8/11
Steve McClaren 11/4
John Carver 6/1
Michael Laudrup 10/1
David Moyes 14/1
Slavisa Jokanovic 16/1
Remi Garde 16/1
Steve Bruce 16/1
Roberto di Matteo 16/1

We cannot believe that John Carver is still in the running and his appointment would be a complete disaster for the club, so poorly did he do this year when he was the interim coach.

And according to the local papers a head coach will be appointed before the end of the coming week.

Slavisa Jokanovic will become a free agent soon, since he has been unable to reach agreement with Watford after doing a stellar job for them since last October.

Slavisa got them promoted to the Premier League and he had a 58% winning rate at the club, but couldn’t reach agreement on terms after he asked for £1.5M a year over three years.

And Roberto di Matteo has come into the reckoning after parting company with Schalke after only eight months in Germany.

Roberto was brought in as a replacement for Jens Keller last October.

Steve Bruce is back in the running because Hull were relegated, and Steve may want to stay in the Premier League.

We’d be happy enough with any of those top nine candidates coming into Newcastle next week – other than Steve McClaren, John Carver and Steve Bruce.

In our latest poll around 84% of fans would like to see Patrick Vieira as the new head coach on Tyneside, although he would be a risk since he’s untested at the top level.

But on the other hand he would also be a big draw for players, and is a real football man who has prestige in world football.

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44 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 31, 2015 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #1

    I must say, I do enjoy reading your posts !

  • Ron Knee

    May 31, 2015 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #2

    I see Fat Sam is the favourite for SAFC manager.

  • sparky55

    May 31, 2015 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #3

    Fat same to the scum?…he’s not that stupid!

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 31, 2015 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #4

    Ron Knee,
    Good !

  • sparky55

    May 31, 2015 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #6

    b@st@rd auto spell check thing does my fruit in!

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 31, 2015 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #7

    McLaren to the Hammers and job done, Churners might be looking to one of those candidates from outside of the footballing world.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    May 31, 2015 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #8

    What’s the feeling on Viera?

    I can see a good lot of people would like him as coach and Im struggling a little with how many people could be so sure? Is it because he was a great player? Attract top players? That wouldn’t matter, he wouldn’t be picking the players anyway?

    It would be a huge risk, how many people have actually seen his or know about his coaching abilities?

    The only good things I can think of is it would be a fresh change and a show of change from the footballing board.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 31, 2015 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #9

    If Viera is to be given the role, then it becomes even more important to get someone with real football experience and DoF credentials on to the board asap. Will the club be willing to employ 2 people instead of just getting a manager with a bit more experience, and less need for a steadying influence to bounce ideas off?

  • ToonFromLeeds

    May 31, 2015 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #10

    Mashley to open new store called mega value “similar to Woolworths” git

  • sparky55

    May 31, 2015 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #11

    Viera being a no nonsense combative midfielder knows the value of battlers and where to have them in your team and where to have flair in a balanced way…something that’s been lost on the scouting / managerial front at our club over the last 5 years.

    Every player Carr has brought in has been a flair player who plays the game in the way it should be played and then they are managed by a pair of numpties who play not to lose and mostly always ended up doing so.

    Balance is important and you need a manager who understands that.

    Viera I think is that man…Wally would be a poor substitute

  • nut meg

    May 31, 2015 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #12

    I’m undecided about Vieira, but one thing i would say he would be given a much longer honeymoon preriod than SM. Also some of you people should remember we’re looking for a HEAD COACH not a manager….there’s a difference,just saying.

  • Ron Knee

    May 31, 2015 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #13

    The key thing is to clear out the coaching staff.
    It’s all speculation at the moment, but would McClaren work with JC if he had the choice?

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 31, 2015 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #14

    If someone like Viera got the job, hopefully it would mean that he had demanded assurances that certain things would be done right. Top quality managers want things done their way, second rate plodders will work under any constraint they’re presented with, as will sacked league one managers desperate to get back in the big time.

  • Moonraker15

    May 31, 2015 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #15

    Was getting excited about the possibility of PV coming to Toon; then I read Pardew is bidding for Cabaye at Palace and I realised you can’t believe everything you read!
    However, hope springs eternal and Geordies are born optimists!

  • ToonFromLeeds

    May 31, 2015 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #16

    Moonraker I do hope we get Vieira tbh as long as Carver isn’t his 2nd in command

  • Ron Knee

    May 31, 2015 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #17

    Jonas is an authentic Newcastle hero – battling with cancer, practically winning the relegation match for us – and who was the first one out the door?

    Only at Newcastle!

  • Moonraker15

    May 31, 2015 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #18

    Toon prodigy
    Wtf are you on about ? PV is a world beater looking for an opportunity to win!
    It’s a no-brainer ! Get him in now remember the alternatives are Carver and Wally !

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 31, 2015 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #19

    If he is as half as good as the last manager we took a risk on giving him his first managerial job – Kevin Keegan – then I’ll be happy

  • BandB

    May 31, 2015 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #20

    Signing Vieira would signal a break from business as usual and therefore seems an attractive candidate for that reason alone.

    But business as usual was at the very heart of Charnley’s statement on the way the club operates under Ashley.

    He painted a very frank picture of the structure within which any new head coach….and he did stress that it would be ANY new head coach….would have to work. Surely that has to automatically limit the impact any new appointment could have?

    And the decision to go for a head coach rather than a manager does seem to underline club feeling on the status of the person in charge of day to day football operations. And that seems rather closer to shop-floor supervisor than executive.

    It is difficult of me to see how the new aim of winning things can possibly be achieved under a structure that unapologetically had a mid-table finish as its stated target.

    The rethink will have to go well beyond bringing in a manager with a halo of success around him.

  • Moonraker15

    May 31, 2015 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #21

    Don’t worry he wouldn’t want Carver! I think him and Stone will be consigned to the kit room !

  • Fostino

    May 31, 2015 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #22

    Vieira coming to toon would be a coup. Don’t care that it’s his first senior job. And He’ll only come if there’s going to be investment put in the team so nows your chance ashley. He’ll talk and walk away if the club is not putting up the funds. We’ll kniw this week what the true intentions of the owner is

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 31, 2015 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #23

    So was Roy Keane, so was Maradonna, Pele, etc…. Many top players have struggled to do particularly well at translating that into managerial roles though.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    May 31, 2015 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #24


    Wtf am I on about? I’ll f**king tell you then.

    The bloke has never coached outside of City’s 21’s.

    His name has been mentioned and people are creaming themselves without even knowing how good a manager he even is.

    Plain and fu*king simple really.

    Like I say, the only good would be a signal of change by the board.

  • lesh

    May 31, 2015 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #25

    Why is Carver in the running?

    Given Charnley’s seeming insistence on Carver being but being a part of the package, it’s clear that there’s a strong possibility of whoever (or even if anyone from outside’s appointed) walking – leaving the puppet in place to take the helm.

  • will die for the toon army

    May 31, 2015 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #26

    Veira not yet excited coz one thing I know with Carver and Stone are going no where. We already. Have coaches Carver Woodman and Stone. So we have only one slot. Head Coach.

    Will Veira b allowed one more slot of his own man it will have become a crowd.

  • Fostino

    May 31, 2015 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #27

    Graham carr had a bad summer window last…is he to be solely trusted again with such money. Charney out of his depth running the club…maybe ashley needs to reevaluate Charney long winded press release at Christmas.
    A new manager is needed. Vieira would be a coup. A new football managing director is needed…that is not John carver…someone like Beardsley or shearer haha

  • Pokat

    May 31, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #28

    Why thank you Jail. I must admit I do feel a built guilty sometimes challenging our Southern Converts and Fat Man apologists while I’m sitting at home soaking up their Tax Pounds watching my huge flat screen TV drinking beer and wondering whether to get all the kids to pile in my 7 – seater to pick up my State Allowances.

  • the white tino

    May 31, 2015 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #29

    Patrick Vieira will not be Newcastle next head coach for one main reason! He is in No way a yes man!!! We will have another puppet with Charney/Ashley pulling the strings slug out hwtf

  • lochinvar

    May 31, 2015 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #30

    Yet again Ashley and Chanley are playing Russian Roulette with the decisions about who LEADS the club, because that is what is missing a LEADER.
    To be a leader you need presence, experience, respect and vision.
    If Ashley wants to be enlightened then moving NUFC from the pre-historic age ( Carver et al ) to the modern age ( and to be seen to encourage a new generation of non-white, non-Brit Managers so sought after by the FA and others, not that it should matter or be a criteria ) then Viera would clearly be an enlightened choice. He has presence, abundant and recent football experience, is well respected and I am sure will have a vision for his own and team success based on his winning mentality.
    Importantly imagine the impact on players such as Sissoko, Janmaat and others who want to be part of a Winning Team. The energy would be infectious.
    Alternative is McLaren – dull by comparison and probably told by Ashley to get himself sacked by Derby so no compo to Derby but more cash in his pocket if he lands here.
    Viera makes sense for so many reasons, I would welcome him.

  • lochinvar

    May 31, 2015 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #31

    If Ashley wants to see how success can be earned take a look at yesterdays Pro12 Rugby Final. Glasgow Warriors were inspirational and under Gregor Townsends’s leadership have improved year on year from 4th to 3rd to 2nd to 1st , quarter finalists to losing finalists to Winning Finalists – and in some style.
    Yet after the game Townsend was discreet , thoughtful and let the players take the accolades. It took another Winner Paul ODonnel who had just lost to show his respect to Townsend after the match.
    Our lot wouldn’t know how to run for a bus yet run a club successfully.
    Definitely time for a clear out and some new thinking.

  • Moonraker15

    May 31, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #32

    Keegan never had experience either! on the other hand fat Sam and Steve Bruce do have so what’s your point?

  • giimps

    May 31, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #33

    ABC for me.,….anyone but carver, I think Viera with new coaching skills and recent experiences could be a massive boost and help for Sissoko (who could be so much better under Vieras tutelage )
    Viera may not have any managerial experience but he will command respect from every player…..more than can be said about Charver and Fraudew.

  • Moonraker15

    May 31, 2015 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #34


    Given the present circumstances ie Carver is head coach, I would say Viera is a huge statement by the club (if it’s true) and we should welcome it and get on board with it.

    When you look where we’ve been for the last 8 years we need a radical outlook.

    Viera would not fail ! We’ve been managed by fools for too long, now let’s go with someone with genuine ambition.

  • WLtoon

    May 31, 2015 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #35

    Cant see the Vierra thing happening.
    He is far too ambitious for Ashley and would,nt work under the restrictions.
    He,s got his reputation to think of so why would he jeopardise that by coming here.
    His hands would be tied s i dont hthink the 60M on players will be forthcoming.
    No, we,ll end up with a puppet ,someone who will take the job regardless.

  • nastynorm

    May 31, 2015 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #36

    cant see Viera taking the job once he meets Charnley & he tells him what plans he has for the club like buying & selling players Viera wil realise what a joke club we are & wil walk away, then it wil be down to the wally getting the job so another season of dull football & fighting relegation, cant wait !!

  • nufc 11

    May 31, 2015 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #37

    Would be over the moon if he gets it a winner has everything to be a top top manager. Ask cesc fabergas about veria he was always the one who talked to young players, stop training matches if needed to ask did you do that? Try this see if it works, his man managment football knowledge and leadership are second to none, very different to Keane, with him at the helm could be the start of a revolution at the club please please ma get this done what the fcuk would we need mclaren for if this man is willing to come.

  • Sav

    May 31, 2015 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #38

    Signing PV will almost certainly cost Ashley paying off Carver’s 5 year contract as I can’t see Viera settling for JC as his lieutenant. Therefore, despite Ashley’s grand promises, it probably won’t happen.

  • stuart no9

    May 31, 2015 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #39

    viera is a big risk , he dosnt spring to mind when thinking of who to bring in to replace Carver, has no experience in managemant at Prem level and in fact could turn out to be a complete disaster. however, Keegan was a risk in 92 , no experience, just a big footballing name looking to start his carreer . The more i think of him taking over, the more i think why not?
    There are a lot of good points on viera taking over, first it gets rid of carver which has to be the first thing that happens at the club, it puts maclaren out the picture,Viera being the world class player he once was must have a positive effect on how our players perform or need to perform to reach a level that will satisfy a young manager looking to start his carreer management, he has stayed in the game being reserve manager at city and will have his pulse on any new talent coming up also i think he will be a draw for any quality player looking to improve his game. Are we going to win anyrhing ? no, we also have an owner called ashley that will in my opinion still refuse domestic success, but we have to start somewhere and PV would be a decent punt in these drastic times at SJP.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    May 31, 2015 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #40

    Can anyone really see Charnley having the imagination or intelligence to appoint Viera? He’s a timid, conservative, sycophantic flunky who wouldn’t dream of making such a “risky” choice.


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