Patrick Vieira is 5/6 odds-on favorite on SkyBet to be appointed to the Newcastle United head coach position later this week, with Steve McClaren also up there at 6-4, but third favorite Frenchman Remi Garde is back at 10/1, and Michael Laudrup is 12/1.
It’s much the same kind of odds at the other betting shops – here’s a link to them.
Patrick Vieira – now the favorite
It looks like it’s down to two men, but the Chronicle is reporting there may be a third man being interviewed this week – let’s hope it’s not John Carver with recent reports suggesting he will not get the job, after his disastrous tenure at the club this year.
It could be former Swansea boss Michael Laudrup who we have been linked with over the last couple of weeks and he’s available – or even Frenchman Remi Garde who’s also available – so there may still be a surprise this week.
Mike Ashley’s interview before the last game of the season, where he surprisingly said he wants to win something and will provide the money to rebuild the squad, could have heightened the interest from several coaches.
Maybe that was one of the reasons he gave the interview?
The Chronicle has comments today from Betfred spokesman Peter Spencer, who has talked about the money coming in over the weekend for the former Arsenal great:
“The highly-regarded Manchester City EDS coach and Arsenal legend is highly ambitious and from the amount we have taken in bets over such a short time indicates many fans believe he is looking to make his mark by being appointed to what remains one of the top jobs in the game.”
“Don’t rule out former England boss Steve McClaren who is second favorite while ex-Manchester United and Everton boss David Moyes, despite him saying he’s happy working in Spain, is available at 16/1.”
It’s interesting that Peter Spencer says the Newcastle manager job is still one of the top jobs in football – the title of the article is meant to be a bit tongue in cheek.
But there’s massive potential on Tyneside – you don’t get any more passionate fans than Geordies and we have a fantastic stadium too.
And that last game of the season showed what things can be like when everybody at the club are rowing in the same direction – there were some tremendous scenes in that final game, and we’ll never forget when Jonas scored that late goal.
It was all unbelievable – you cannot make that stuff up.
Patrick Vieira talked a couple of years ago about St. James’ Park being his favorite stadium in England:
“My favorite stadium I have played in this country I have to say is Newcastle. I like Newcastle’s stadium. I love the atmosphere and I like the way the stadium is built and I loved playing there.”
We assume Patrick would love to manage there too.
Appointing Patrick will be a risk, although he’s well regarded at Manchester City for the way he has transformed the Youth and U21 teams over the last three years, and is regarded as one of the best young coaches around.
But he’s never coached at the top level before – but neither had another world-class player when he took over Newcastle United back on February 5th, 1992 – a certain Kevin Keegan.
If Patrick could come in and be as good as Kevin was in those magnificent five years he coached at Newcastle, we would be a top side again in England and Europe.
Steve McClaren – second favorite for Newcastle job
With Graham Carr apparently still backing Steve McClaren, the former England manager could still be given the job, and if Steve gets it then John Carver and the rest of the coaching staff would probably stay in place.
If it’s down to Steve and Patrick – then we really want to see Patrick as the new head coach.
McClaren is said to be an excellent coach with the players – but we don’t know why he hasn’t been more successful in his coaching career if that’s the case.