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.
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.
Who would you like to see come in this week?